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Dwayne Richenel Kemp

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 160 lb.

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Dwayne Kemp is the son of 1996 Olympics outfielder Adonis Kemp, a long-time Hoofdklasse star. His brother Urving Kemp also played in the Hoofdklasse. Dwayne played in Hoofdklasse from 2005-2007, then signed with the Chicago Cubs before returning to the Netherlands in 2010.

Kemp went 3 for 16 with a walk as the second baseman for the Dutch entry in the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Kemp was 1 for 10 for his father's old Neptunus club in 2005. In 2006, he moved to Sparta/Feyenoord and was their regular second baseman, hitting .269/.312/.377. The next year, he improved to .333/.420/.475 and fielded .962 at second base. He tied for 16th in Hoofdklasse with 25 runs, tied for 15th with 21 RBI, was 4th with 12 steals (but was caught 9 times) and ranked 7th with 12 doubles. He was with the Netherlands for the 2006 World Junior Championship.

Kemp signed with the Chicago Cubs in late 2007, becoming the fourth Dutch player from MLB's European Academy to sign with a US club, following Kalian Sams, Ramon Romeijn and Tom Stuifbergen. He debuted in the US on June 24, 2008 with the AZL Cubs and went 0 for 4 against the AZL Giants. Kemp hit .304/.407/.565 with 4 doubles, a triple, 2 steals and 6 runs in 7 games for the AZL Cubs and was promoted to the Boise Hawks. He batted .200/.246/.308 in 25 games for Boise, with 23 strikeouts in 65 AB.

Kemp joined the Dutch national team for the second round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, replacing the injured Hainley Statia. It was his first time on the Dutch senior squad, but he did not play in the final two Dutch games before they were eliminated. Kemp batted .255/.315/.412 for the 2009 AZL Cubs as a 2B-3B.

Back in the Hoofdklasse in 2010, he was MVP of the 2010 Hoofdklasse All-Star Game on July 4th when he went 3 for 3. He hit .333/.400/.500 in the 2010 European Cup, second on Neptunus in OPS behind former major leaguer Eugene Kingsale. Neptunus had a disappointing tournament at 2-3. He fell to .158/.150/.211 in the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week but rebounded in a more important event. In the 2010 European Championship, he was 10 for 27 with a double, triple, two homers, 5 runs and 8 RBI in 8 games as the Netherlands won the Silver Medal. He hit a 2-run homer off Chris Cooper in the first Dutch loss (11-3) to eventual champion Italy. In the Gold Medal game, he was 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI as the Netherlands fell to Italy, 8-4.

For the 2010 Hoofdklasse regular season, he hit .296/.360/.454 with 38 runs in 37 games. He was among the league leaders in doubles (14, tied for first with Raily Legito), triples (5, tied for first with Sape Wagenaar), runs (2nd, one behind Benjamin Dille), total bases (tied for 5th at 69 with Rafaël Jozefa), slugging (7th, between Jozefa and Danny Rombley) and RBI (8th, between Willie Vasquez and Randy Daal). In the 2010 Holland Series, he was 6 for 21 with 3 runs, 2 RBI, a steal and an error as Neptunus topped the L&D Amsterdam Pirates for the title. In the finale, he scored the go-ahead run in the 4th inning. His busy 2010 ended with the 2010 Intercontinental Cup. He saw little action, going 0 for 5 with a run and a steal, backing up Kingsale in left field and Sharlon Schoop at 2B.

Kemp produced at a .363/.432/.538 clip for Neptunus in 2011 with 22 steals in 23 tries and 47 runs in 42 games. He led the league in total bases (92, 2 ahead of Dirk van 't Klooster), steals (3 over Roelie Henrique), runs (3 over Sidney de Jong) and triples (5). He was 2nd in hits (behind van 't Klooster), 4th in average (trailing van 't Klooster, Vince Rooi and Dirimo Chavez), 4th in slugging (after Bryan Engelhardt, Rooi and Sidney de Jong), 5th in doubles (14) and 10th in OBP.

In the 2011 European Cup, Kemp struggled, going 3 for 20 with a walk, error and 2 steals; his hits included a triple and homer, though. He hit .353/.371/.441 in the 2011 World Port Tournament. He was the starting Dutch left fielder in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, when they won the final Baseball World Cup. Kemp was not one of the big performers, hitting .231/.259/.269 with 3 runs. In the Gold Medal game 2-1 win over Cuba, he hit leadoff and played left, going 1 for 4 with a steal, 5 putouts and an error.

In the 2012 European Cup, he put on a superb show, going 9 for 18 with 6 doubles, 5 runs, 7 RBI, 2 steals and (the sole negative) 2 errors but again Neptunus failed to make the Final Four. He led the Rotterdam phase in average, slugging (208 points over Christopher Howard), hits, RBI (tied with David Gauthier and Joris Bert), doubles (4 more than anyone else) and total bases (5 more than the runner-ups Howard, Ludwig Glaser and Oscar Angulo). He was also 9th in OBP and tied for 4th in runs.

Sources: Dutch baseball stats, Honkbalsite.com article, 2008 Cubs Media Guide, Haarlem Baseball Week, Confederation of European Baseball, IBAF, World Port Tournament

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