Tony Kemp

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Anthony Allen Kemp

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Tony Kemp began his professional career in 2013 after being taken by the Houston Astros in the fifth round of the 2013 amateur draft. He was the second player from that round to make his major league debut, after pitcher Buck Farmer.

In 2013, he won the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year honor. He was the second Vanderbilt University player to earn it, after Hunter Bledsoe in 1999. He also earned numerous All-American selections during his time at the school.

Kemp batted .273/.366/.345 with 21 stolen bases between the Tri-City ValleyCats and Quad Cities River Bandits in 2013, and in 2014 he hit .316/.411/.449 with 30 doubles, 8 triples, 8 home runs, 121 runs scored, 41 stolen bases, 73 walks and only 67 strikeouts in 131 games between the Lancaster JetHawks and Corpus Christi Hooks. He was a MiLB.com Organization All-Star, California League Mid-Season All-Star, California League Post-Season All-Star, two-time Player of the Week and MiLB Gold Glove recipient that year. He hit .358/.457/.420 with 15 steals for the Hooks in 2015, prompting his promotion to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. He hit .273/.334/.362 with 20 steals there, bringing his season totals to .308/.388/.386 with 35 stolen bases. He was a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star, a MiLB.com Organization All-Star and a Futures Game selection.

Going into 2016, Baseball America ranked him the #14 prospect in the Astros chain. After beginning the campaign with a .298/.410/.405 line in 34 games for Fresno, Kemp was promoted to the majors. On May 17, 2016, he made his debut against the Chicago White Sox, scoring a run as a pinch-runner for first baseman Tyler White. The next night, also against the White Sox, he was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a walk. His first career hit, the double, came off hurler Mat Latos.

His brother, Corey Kemp, played in the Milwaukee Brewers system in 2008 and 2009.

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