Who’s Hot, Who’s Not for Astros AA Corpus Christi

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Jun 1, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; General view of a Rawlings major league baseball before the game between the Tampa Bay Rays against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Who’s Hot: Jon Kemmer

If there’s been a hitting equivalent of what Chris Devenski is doing on the mound so far this season, it’s Jon Kemmer. Kemmer was drafted by the Astros in the 21st round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft, and has been progressing through the Astros farm system ever since. He started the 2015 season in Corpus Christi and wasn’t actually having a spectacular season until June 1 came around. Now, he’s the offensive MVP of that team.

Kemmer hit .403 in June with 4 home runs, 3 doubles, 14 RBIs, and 6 walks. His stellar month of June brought his season average to .321. He’s been driving the ball to the gaps and out of the ballpark, but the one problem is that he’s striking out a lot. I guess that’s not a real problem in the Astros organization, though. He’s been very aggressive so far this season, striking out 49 times and only walking 17 times.

If Jon Kemmer can stay anywhere near the pace he set in June, he will find himself in AAA Fresno before the season ends. I definitely can see guys like Alex Presley, LJ Hoes, and Tony Kemp getting traded or moved up before the season ends. If that happens, one of Jeff Luhnow’s top choices to insert in the AAA outfield has to be Jon Kemmer. He has forced himself into the conversation by outplaying top prospects Teoscar Hernandez and Domingo Santana.

Kemmer might actually have done himself a disservice by playing well if he wants to stay in the Astros organization. He probably has become a more attractive trade option than Danry Vasquez because he’s playing so much better. Overall though, Jon Kemmer should feel very confident about his position in the Astros organization and keep hitting in order to move up the ranks.

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