With all the names that have donned the Corpus Christi Hooks’ uniform this season, one name has stayed consistent throughout the year. Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers Jr., Vincent Velasquez, A.J. Reed, Brett Phillips, and Michael Feliz have all worn the Hooks uniform as well as many others in 2015. As those players came and went, Jon Kemmer has been there the entire season. Prior to the start of the season, not too many people have heard Kemmer’s name before, but the 21st round draft pick of the Houston Astros 2013 draft changed that this season.
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As many of you know, CTH started doing weekly minor league coverage this year of each individual teams. This year, the Hooks have been covered by Kennon Riley, Issa Cook, and Larry Manch throughout the year. One name that kept coming up was Kemmer’s, so I reached out the native Pennsylvanian outfielder with the Hooks. I did an interview with Kemmer before going down to Corpus Cristi to meet my regular interviewees Phillips and the emerging star Reed.
Jon Kemmer and me during pre-game warm-ups. Photo by Holly Huysman
Throughout the interview process, Kemmer was very kind and supportive of me. He was very appreciative when I published the interview and thanked me. Here is the final product: Keeping up with the Astros Prospects: OF Jon Kemmer. When I was going to the Hooks game, I made sure that I let him know that I was going to the game and I would like to meet him in person. When I got to the game after waiting in the summer heat, I got to meet Kemmer prior to the game and get his autograph.
After the game, Kemmer took the time to thank me for the interview and that his family really appreciated it. The local Hooks fans had nothing but good things to say about Kemmer, and hopefully he has played his last game in a Hooks uniform. With the year he had, he should start the 2016 season in Triple-A Fresno.
Now to the good stuff, why did Kemmer get the player of the year for the Hooks?
Kemmer led all Hooks this year with 18 homers, trailed by only one homer is Teoscar Hernandez with 17 bombs. Conrad Gregor led the team in runs-batted-in with 76, but Kemmer finished third with Colin Moran (67) with 65 of them. He finished way down the list in stolen bases but did get nine steals on the season.
.327 Avg/ .414 OBP/ .574 SLG/ .988 OPS.
I asked Kemmer how he felt about his season, below is he response.
“Just happy to see what hard work and determination can. Always believe in yourself.” – Jon Kemmer.
While the Hooks fell short in the playoffs, Kemmer has led the team all season. He may me a top prospect in the Astros organization, but he is the top player that few people know about. This lefthanded hitter might have a hard time cracking the Astros major league outfielder, but he’s a player that Astros’ fans will love to root for. Relax this offseason Jon, you could be knocking on the Astros doorstep next season.