Many people outside of the Astros prospect die-hards may not know who Jon Kemmer is because he is not on MLBPipeline’s Houston Astros top-30 prospect list. Despite not being on the popularity list, he is making his name for himself with his on-field performance in 2015. Baseball-Reference lists Kemmer as an outfielder, designated hitter, and first baseman, but he has primarily played outfield in left and right. He has only played three games at first with the Corpus Christi Hooks this season.
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Kemmer was drafted in the 21st round of the 2013 MLB Draft from Brewton-Parker College (Georgia). Like many of the top Astros prospects, Kemmer is a lefthanded hitter with emerging power. At the age of 22, Kemmer played at Low-A Tri-City, hitting .221/ 4 HR/ 16 RBI/ .630 OPS. He didn’t have his best year in his first season of professional baseball but broke out in 2015 between Quad Cities and Lancaster hitting .291/ 16 HR/ 50 RBI/ .868 OPS. Kemmer hit 12 of those 16 homers at Lancaster, which tends to be a place where offensive players get an extra boost from the weather conditions.
This season, Kemmer has been part of the success that has been the Corpus Christi season so far hitting .310/ 13 HR/ 41 RBI/ .933 OPS. Kemmer is part of a star-studded outfield including Teoscar Hernandez and Brett Phillips. Through limited chances playing first base this season, Kemmer has one of his two errors on the season there. He is working on improving at first base, to make himself more attractive to get the call to the Houston Astros at some point soon.
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