One of the Lancaster Jethawks’ main catalysts has been promoted to the Corpus Christi Hooks. Tony Kemp, who joined the Houston Astros organization just over a year ago, has been promoted to the Double-A level. He should be able to get at-bats every day to continue his development.
— Houston Astros (@astros) June 25, 2014
Kemp was selected in the 5th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. The 5′ 6″ second baseman has hit well thus far in the Astros minor league system while showing an excellent eye at the plate. He boasts a career OBP of .401 through 147 games. His batting average has been pretty good as well — .305 career.
Kemp began his 2014 campaign on the Lancaster Jethawks. He served primarily as a second baseman and received a few at-bats as a designated hitter. The discipline is apparent as he has drawn more walks than he has strikeouts. In fact, Kemp posted a positive BB/SO ratio during his season at Vanderbilt in 2013.
Overall 2014 statistics: 99 H, 23 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 28 SB. With Jose Altuve at the major league level, Kemp has obviously received favorable comparisons given his height. Altuve currently leads the American League in stolen bases. Well, Kemp has been said to be faster than the Astros new star at second base. And it is showing on the basepaths.
Through his 72 games in 2014, Tony has been successful 80% of his attempts (28 for 35). I think it is very impressive that the 22-year-old has reached the Double-A level in his first full professional season. This is likely the point in his career where he will begin to get tested. But so far, so good.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions:
Was beastin it RT @astros: #Astros announce 2B Tony Kemp @tonykemp6 has been promoted from A Lancaster to AA Corpus Christi effective today. — Howard Chen (@ho_chenCSN) June 25, 2014 Pretty thrilled for Tony Kemp. Looking forward to see what he does in Corpus.
— Lee White (@Lee_White73) June 25, 2014
@tonykemp6 Congratulations! I knew it wasn’t *if* you would get promoted, just *when*. You’re very deserving and I’m very happy for you!
— Jayne Hansen (@JayneWTHB) June 25, 2014