Tony Kemp
Tony Kemp
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Oakland Athletics
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Kemp made 32 starts for the A's in 2020 (31 vs. RHP), but continues to play himself into a bench role as a late-inning pinch runner or defensive replacement. Simply put, the ability to hit for average and be a threat on the basepaths that he showcased throughout his minor-league career has not followed him to the majors. The 29-year-old has yet to reach even 900 PA in his career as his ascension to the majors began as the Astros' roster was getting good, and the move to Oakland led to just another crowded situation at his positions. Oakland recognizes his value and gave him a one-year deal at $1.05 million, which is not exactly a guarantee of a roster spot should something come up. Kemp is out of minor-league options. He has limited fantasy upside, even with an opportunity to play full-time. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#599
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$Signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Athletics in December of 2020.
Gets on twice in start
2BOakland Athletics
April 9, 2021
Kemp drew two walks in three plate appearances during Thursday's loss to the Astros before being pinch hit for in the ninth inning.
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Kemp has only one hit his first 17 plate appearance, but he's reached base safely on four other occasions courtesy of free passes. The 29-year-old appeared to be making strides at the plate as spring wound down, but Jed Lowrie, who delivered a pinch-hit single after replacing Kemp on Thursday, has been the more productive of the two early in the regular season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+466%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .586 57 7 1 7 0 .180 .246 .340
Since 2019vs Right .671 354 39 7 26 8 .223 .322 .349
2021vs Left .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2021vs Right .542 13 0 0 0 1 .125 .417 .125
2020vs Left .125 8 2 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
2020vs Right .707 106 13 0 4 3 .267 .381 .326
2019vs Left .743 44 5 1 7 0 .237 .295 .447
2019vs Right .658 235 26 7 22 4 .208 .291 .367
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+124%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+62%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .751 208 25 7 22 5 .244 .337 .415
Since 2019Away .552 200 20 1 11 3 .185 .280 .272
2021Home .298 15 0 0 0 1 .083 .214 .083
2021Away .667 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .667 .000
2020Home .654 54 4 0 3 1 .250 .358 .295
2020Away .627 57 10 0 1 2 .234 .351 .277
2019Home .832 139 21 7 19 3 .258 .341 .492
2019Away .515 140 10 1 10 1 .168 .243 .272
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Stat Review
How does Tony Kemp compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
2.00
 
BB Rate
22.2%
 
K Rate
11.1%
 
BABIP
.091
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.077
 
OBP
.294
 
SLG
.077
 
OPS
.371
 
wOBA
.215
 
Exit Velocity
78.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Kemp was unable to carry forward his modest success from 2018 into the 2019 campaign. After hitting .263/.351/.392 the prior year, he managed just a .212/.291/.380 slash line on either side of a deadline-day trade to the Cubs. He also stole just four bases, down from nine the previous year, despite receiving only 16 fewer plate appearances. He could perhaps blame a .227 BABIP for some of his struggles, quite a low number given his speed, but a low BABIP is to be expected when you just don't hit the ball hard. Statcast gave Kemp an xBA of .207, the product of a 15.7% hard-hit rate, suggesting he got more or less exactly what he deserved. Kemp's ability to play both second base and all three outfield positions should keep him in his role as a spark plug off the bench following a January trade to the A's, but he's unlikely to do enough to help fantasy owners.
Kemp stepped up when the Astros needed him last season, providing an offensive spark to an injury-riddled lineup while playing all three outfield positions along with some time at the keystone. He began the season with Triple-A Fresno, earning a mid-May callup with a .335/.407/.435 slash line. Kemp remained with the Astros the rest of the season, appearing in 97 games with 294 trips to the dish. Sporting a meager .287 OBP in the majors before last season, Kemp got on base at a 35% clip in 2018. He took advantage with nine swipes in a dozen tries. While he can't play as many positions as Marwin Gonzalez did for Houston, Kemp's defensive flexibility should earn him a decent number of at-bats, though it will take an injury for him to see regular playing time. Kemp is a nice option in AL-only as he won't cost much and can provide some cheap speed with a smattering of pop.
In another universe, Kemp is probably gearing up for a shot at a regular role, but in this timeline he's merely a luxury for the talent-rich Astros. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a great deal of success in the minor leagues, posting wRC+ marks above 110 at every stop. His walk rate slid dramatically in his third go-around at Triple-A last season (to 6.3 percent), but he made up for it with a much-improved contact rate -- he struck out just 7.8 percent of the time -- and more power than ever before. He also reached 20 steals for the fourth time on the farm. Kemp once again failed to carry that success over to the highest level and in fact he struggled to a much greater extent than he did during his 2016 debut, but it's hard to read much of anything into that given how sporadic and limited his opportunities were. A trade would change Kemp's outlook considerably, but right now, he's a fifth outfielder.
A small, speedy second baseman in the Houston system is bound to draw comparisons to Jose Altuve. Let's be honest, that's unfair to both guys. It undersells just how excellent Altuve has been as a big leaguer and puts lofty expectations on Kemp based mostly on size. So, let's just focus on Kemp. He has posted a .304 average in the minors over 1,797 plate appearances, but more importantly a near 1.0 K/BB. His speed has been there in volume, but not efficiency -- 107 steals with a modest 70 percent success rate. His 20 percent strikeout rate was a lot (for him) in his MLB debut, but his six percent swinging strike rate suggests he was perhaps too passive while pitchers were attacking. This profile at peak might only hit .275, but with a .340-plus OBP which should offer ample opportunity to steal if he learns when to go. Unfortunately, he would need Altuve to suffer an injury in order to profile as more than a utility player if he remains with Houston.
Kemp is the type of player who often gets overlooked due to his size (5-foot-7, 165 pounds), but the Astros know more than any other organization that small second basemen can still be a factor at the big league level. With a profile that matches Jose Altuve nearly perfectly, the 24-year-old hit .308/.388/.386 in 121 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno last season. With excellent plate discipline (169 walks to 179 strikeouts over three minor league seasons) and plus speed (35 steals last year), Kemp has advanced rapidly in the minors, but the Astros have a crowded infield and aren't in a rush to promote him to the bigs. Unless the team deals with injuries, he's likely to spend a full season at Triple-A Fresno.
In 72 games with High-A Lancaster, Kemp hit .336/.433/.468 with 19 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 37 RBI and 79 runs scored over 295 at-bats. His .433 OBP ranked first in the California League, which earned him a well-deserved promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi in late June. The 23-year-old second baseman was nearly as successful in the Texas League, hitting .292/.381/.425 in 59 games. What Kemp lacks in size (5-foot-6, 165 pounds) and power, he makes up for with plus speed (41 steals between the two levels) and an excellent batting eye (73 walks to 67 strikeouts). He's a prospect to keep an eye on in the Astros' system as he prepares for a likely promotion to Triple-A at some point in 2015.
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Not playing regularly
2BOakland Athletics
April 4, 2021
Kemp is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Coming on late in spring
2BOakland Athletics
March 27, 2021
Kemp is 4-for-8 with two doubles, a walk and two runs in his last three spring starts.
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Back in action Monday
2BOakland Athletics
March 15, 2021
Kemp (hip) will start in left field and bat seventh in Monday's Cactus League game against Cleveland.
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Slated to sit out Friday
2BOakland Athletics
Hip
March 11, 2021
Kemp (hip) won't play in Friday's spring game against the Padres, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Exits after HBP
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Back
March 11, 2021
Kemp was removed in the second inning of Thursday's Cactus League game against the Rangers after being hit in the back by a pitch in his lone at-bat, Jacob Rudner of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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