Tony Kemp
Tony Kemp
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Oakland Athletics
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $583,600 contract with the Astros in March of 2019. Traded to the Cubs in July of 2019. Traded to the Athletics in January of 2020.
Set for platoon role at keystone
2BOakland Athletics
March 30, 2020
Kemp, who hit .345 (10-for-29) over 10 Cactus League games before spring training was suspended, appears to have secured a platoon role at second base alongside Franklin Barreto to open the 2020 season, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Kemp entered camp with good odds of securing that exact role, and his performance in Cactus League action served to definitively strengthen his job prospects. The 28-year-old forged a versatile stat line during exhibition play, recording a double, a home run, two RBI, four walks, a stolen base and seven runs. The left-handed hitting Kemp is slated to see time versus right-handed pitching, against which he slugged seven of his eight home runs last season and 13 of his 14 overall in the last three campaigns.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
11
18
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .683 133 13 1 16 0 .254 .318 .364
Since 2017vs Right .697 479 61 13 47 14 .232 .317 .379
2019vs Left .743 44 5 1 7 0 .237 .295 .447
2019vs Right .658 235 26 7 22 4 .208 .291 .367
2018vs Left .671 79 8 0 8 0 .268 .333 .338
2018vs Right .770 215 29 6 22 9 .261 .357 .413
2017vs Left .522 10 0 0 1 0 .222 .300 .222
2017vs Right .491 29 6 0 3 1 .214 .241 .250
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+62%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .767 289 42 8 36 9 .262 .347 .419
Since 2017Away .630 323 32 6 27 5 .215 .291 .339
2019Home .832 139 21 7 19 3 .258 .341 .492
2019Away .515 140 10 1 10 1 .168 .243 .272
2018Home .728 136 19 1 16 6 .272 .368 .360
2018Away .754 158 18 5 14 3 .255 .335 .418
2017Home .500 14 2 0 1 0 .214 .214 .286
2017Away .497 25 4 0 3 1 .217 .280 .217
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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
0.49
 
BB Rate
8.2%
 
K Rate
16.8%
 
BABIP
.227
 
ISO
.167
 
AVG
.212
 
OBP
.291
 
SLG
.380
 
OPS
.671
 
wOBA
.295
 
Exit Velocity
86.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.5%
 
Barrels/PA
0.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Making strong case for spot
2BOakland Athletics
March 1, 2020
Kemp, who went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs in a Cactus League win over the Indians on Sunday, is now hitting .444 across 21 spring plate appearances.
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Traded to Oakland
2BOakland Athletics
January 13, 2020
Kemp was traded from the Cubs to the Athletics for minor-leaguer Alfonso Rivas on Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Starting again Sunday
2BChicago Cubs
September 29, 2019
Kemp is starting in right field and batting first in Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
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Pops eighth homer
2BChicago Cubs
September 21, 2019
Kemp went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit two-run homer in Saturday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals.
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Gaining playing time
2BChicago Cubs
August 24, 2019
Kemp is starting at second base and batting eighth Saturday against the Nationals.
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