Matthew Ryan Kemp...stayed active with his home state of Oklahoma through holiday visits and donations of winter gear, toys, and educational aids for local mobile home parks and Positive Tomorrows, a school for children of homeless families...has personally raised more than $400,000 for families affected by autism at his annual Spring Training fundraiser...served as the celebrity Grand Marshal in the 28th annual Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles in 2012...along with teammate Clayton Kershaw, he was honored by the Negro Leagues Museum in January 2012 with a Legacy Award...was recruited by the University of Oklahoma as a basketball player...was teammates on an AAU team with former NBA player Shelden Williams...selected by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and signed by scout Mike Leuzinger.
Appeared in 115 games with the Braves, hitting .276 with 47 runs, 23 doubles, one triple, 19 home runs and 64 RBI...Hit well to start the season, slashing .293/.340/.486 with 21 doubles, 12 homers and 40 RBI in 74 games prior to the All-Star break...was slowed down by injuries as he made two stints on the 10-day disabled list (April 11-19, July 29-Aug. 19) with a strained right hamstring...Solely appeared in left field (103 games), posting a .993 fielding percentage as he only committed just one error in 851.2 innings...ranked 10th among NL outfielders in fielding percentage (min. 750.0 INN)...Hit .357 with 10 doubles, four homers and 14 RBI in 28 May games, recording his second best May batting average in his career...Appeared in one rehab game and went 1-for-3 with an RBI with Triple-A Gwinnett on April 19.
In his 11th professional season, Kemp batted a combined .268 (167-for-623) with 35 home runs and 108 RBI between the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves…Kemp joined the Braves organization in a two-player trade on 7/31 after playing in 100 games with the Padres, 4/4-7/29...Played in his first game as a Brave on 8/2 and batted .280 (60-for-214) with 15 doubles, 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 56 games with Atlanta, while the team posted a 31-25 record... Drove in 30 runs over his last 35 starts, 8/23-10/2...The team went 22-13 in that stretch...Stroked 35 home runs, including 12 with Atlanta…Reached the 30-homer mark for the second time in his career (had a career-best 39 in 2011)...Finished fourth in the National League with 35 home runs…Tied for the second-most home runs following the All-Star break with 19...Recorded his 10th career two-homer game, 9/22 at MIA…It was his third of 2016 and first with the Braves...Five of his Braves' home runs either tied the game or gave Atlanta a lead...Drove in his 100th RBI on 9/20 at NYM, marking his fourth career 100-RBI season...Batted .417 (20-for-48) with seven of the 20 hits going for extra bases (four doubles, three homers) during a season-high 12-game hitting streak, 9/7-20...From 6/1 through the remainder of the season, hit .288 (119-for-413) with 22 home runs, 75 RBI and a .851 OPS over 104 games...After playing in his first game with Atlanta on 8/2, the Braves offensive numbers greatly improved …Atlanta's rank in the Majors and the National League, 8/2 through the end of the season: Runs scored (289): MLB (3rd), NL (2nd)...Batting average (.278): MLB (3rd), NL (3rd Hits (538): MLB (5th), NL (3rd) ...Doubles (119): MLB (2nd), NL (1st)...Extra-base hits (185): MLB (T6th), NL (T4th)...RBI (275): MLB (3rd), NL (2nd)...On-base percentage (.348): MLB (1st), NL (1st)... OPS (.786): MLB (2nd), NL (2nd).
In his first year with the Padres led the club in hits (158), games played (154) and RBI (100), his most games played, most hits and most RBI since having a career-high 195 hits and 126 RBI in 2011, the third 100-RBI campaign of his career....Became the 14th different Padre in team history to collect 100 RBI in a season (19th time overall) and the first to do so since Chase Headley had a National League leading 115 RBI in 2012....His 100 RBI were fourth-most in the National League and ranked 13th overall in Major League Baseball....Of his 100 RBI, 35 gave the Padres a lead, tied for the most goahead RBI in the Majors in 2015 with Josh Donaldson…15 of his 100 gave the Padres a win, ranking tied with Buster Posey for fifth in the National League for game-winning RBI....On 8/14 at COL he hit for the first cycle in his career and in Padres franchise history, coming up with a triple in his final at-bat to complete the cycle…came in the club's 7,444th all-time game....Prior to his cycle on 8/14, he had fallen one hit shy of the cycle five times with the most recent on 9/26/12 while with Los Angeles in a game against the Padres (missed a triple)…was the 309th cycle in Major League history....Getting the cycle with a triple in his last at-bat, he was the 51st player since full play-by-play data became available in 1974 to hit for the cycle with the triple coming as the final hit, the third to do so in 2015 (also, Shin-Shoo Choo for Texas on 7/21 and Brock Holt for Boston on 6/16)....Prior to his cycle, a Padre had fallen one hit shy 361 times, including 258 times falling one hit shy by missing the triple....Was the 14th in Coors Field's 21 years of history (opened in 1995)....Hit .326 (30-92) with one home run and 16 RBI over 23 games in April before hitting .186 (21-113) with no home runs and 10 RBI over 29 games in May…from 6/1 through the end of the season hit .274/.326/.501 (107-391) with 22 home runs and 74 RBI....Over his first 56 games from 4/6-6/5 he hit one home run before hitting 22 over his final 98 games from 6/6-9/29....His 74 RBI from 6/1 through the end of the season ranked 10th in Majors and third in the NL over that stretch…his 22 home runs in that span ranked tied for fourth-most in the National League....In 65 games total in the second half he hit .286/.339/.528 (71-248) with 15 home runs and 53 RBI after hitting .250/.291/.382 (87-348) with eight home runs and 47 RBI over 89 games in the first half....His 53 RBI in the second-half ranked tied with Anthony Rizzo for 11th in the Majors and third in the National League....Hit .282 (24-85) with five home runs and 15 RBI in July, being named the Padres Player of the Month for July by the San Diego Hall of Champions....Followed up his July by hitting .304 (31-102) with five home runs and 25 RBI over 26 games inAugust, before finishing the season by hitting .267 (27-101) with seven home runs and 19 RBI over 26 games in September....His 25 RBI in August were the fifth-most in baseball and second-most in the NL…were the most by a Padre since Chase Headley had 31 RBI in August 2012 and the most by a Padre in a single month since Headley's 30 RBI in September 2012…the 25 RBI in August were tied for the second-most for Kemp in any single month of his career....Over 79 games at home in 2015 he hit .288 (87-302) with 13 home runs and 48 RBI, the most hits ever by a Padre in a single season at Petco Park, passing Brian Giles' 84 hits at home in 2004, Petco's inaugural year…his 48 RBI at home this past season were the third-most ever by a Padre at Petco, behind Chase Headley's 51 RBI at home in 2012 and Adrian Gonzalez's 49 RBI at home in 2008....Started in right field on Opening Day, 4/6, at Dodger Stadium vs. his former team, driving in three runs off of Clayton Kershaw…first player to record three RBI vs. Kershaw since 5/26/13 when Pete Kozma did so for St. Louis....Had a season-best 15-game hit streak from 8/7-23, the longest by a Padre in 2015 and his longest since a 16-game hitting streak in 2014…hit .361 (22-61) with four home runs and 17 RBI over the streak....Reached base safely in a career-best 31-straight games (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) from 8/7-9/11, hitting .328 (41-125) with 10 home runs and 35 RBI over that stretch…was the longest on-base streak in a single season by a Padre since 2002 when Ryan Klesko reached base safely in 56-straight games....In 16 games vs. LAD hit .328 (20-61)…only team had more hits vs. was COL, hitting .356 (26-73) with six home runs and 20 RBI in 19 games vs. COL…20 RBI vs. COL were second-most ever for a Padre in a single season vs. COL, behind Phil Nevin's 29 RBI vs. COL in 2001...Started 120 games batting third in the order, 25 starting fourth and seven batting leadoff....Hit his second career leadoff home run on 6/28 vs. ARI, his first since 8/17/08 vs. MIL....Drove in a season-high five RBI on 6/6 at CIN, including his second home run of the season to snap a career-long 44-game, 174 at-bat homerless streak....Hit the 200th home run of his career on 9/4 vs. LAD....Over an 11-game homestand from 8/31-9/10 (including a game made up vs. Colorado after a rain out in July), hit .341 (15-44) with five home runs and 14 RBI, tying the Petco Park record for home runs on a homestand (also, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff).
Had his fifth career 20-homer season, hitting .287 with 25 home runs, 89 RBI and 77 runs scored in 150 games…over the second half, led the Majors with a .606 slugging percentage while hitting .309 with 17 home runs (third-most in MLB) and 54 RBI (second-most in MLB) in 64 games after the All-Star Break...Ranked among National League leaders in home runs (25, T8th), doubles (38, T7th) and slugging (.506, 4th)...With runners in scoring position, hit .347 (25-for-72)...Named NL Player of the Month for September, leading the Majors with nine homers and tying for the lead with 25 RBI (also, Adrian Gonzalez)...Named NL Player of the Week for the week ending 8/3, hitting five homers with nine RBI and posting a .409 average...Had his ninth career walk-off hit with a single in the 10th inning on 7/30 vs. ATL...Had a 16-game hitting streak from 8/22-9/10, hitting .333 (21-for- 63) over the streak…also had an 11-game hit streak from 6/12-23, hitting .395 (17-for-43) in that span...In the postseason, hit .353 (6-for-17) with a home run and two RBI in four games during the NLDS vs. STL...Acquired by the Padres with Tim Fedrowicz and cash considerations as part of a five-player trade on 12/18.
Only appeared in 73 games due to three DL trips with a strained right hamstring (May 30-June 25), left shoulder AC joint irritation (July 8-21) and a sprained left ankle (July 22-Sept. 16)…shut down for the season on Sept. 29 with a left ankle injury... Batted .320 (24-for-75) against left-handers to go along with a .373 on-base percentage and a .480 slugging percentage... Fared better on the road, batting .310 (44-for-142) with all six home runs and 25 RBI in 37 games…all five of his games with three or more hits came on the road, including his season-high four-hit game at Arizona on Sept. 17 (4-for-4, two doubles, three RBI)... Excelled in close and late situations, posting a .308 (12-for-39) mark... Posted a season-high 14-game hitting streak from April 30-May 15, which tied for the third longest hit streak of his career…batting .328 (19-for-58) during the run... Batted .345 (20-for-58) over his last 17 games of the season, hitting four homers, four doubles and 15 RBI... Posted a .341 (15-for-44) batting average when leading off an inning... underwent surgery on his left ankle on Oct. 21, which was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, NC... underwent a left shoulder clean up on his A-C joint on Oct. 8 by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.
Led the Dodgers with 23 homers and ranked among the club leaders in runs (74, 2nd), hits (122, 2nd), doubles (22, 2nd) and RBI (2nd) in an injury-shortened season. Elected to his second consecutive All-Star Game, but did not play due to injury...did participate in the Home Run Derby and captained the NL squad. Awarded NL Player of the Week honors for the periods of April 4-8 and April 9-15 to become the first player to win back-to-back National League Player of the Week honors to begin a season and was the first player ever to win the award for three consecutive weeks (dating back to the week of Sept. 25, 2011) since the award's inception in 1974...the only other player to capture consecutive Player of the Week awards to begin a season was Tony Armas, who accomplished the feat in the American League in 1981 while with the Oakland Athletics. Unanimously voted as the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, leading the Majors with a .417 batting average (35-for-84), 12 home runs and an .893 slugging percentage, while topping the NL in RBI (25), hits (35) and runs (24)...his 12 April homers set a new franchise record and were the fifth-most ever during the month behind Albert Pujols (14, 2006), Alex Rodriguez (14, 2007), Luis Gonzalez (13, 2001) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (13, 1997)...joined Tony Perez (CIN, 1970), Larry Walker (COL, 1997) and Barry Bonds (SF, 2004) as the only four players since 1921 to finish April with a .400 batting average, 10 or more homers and at least 20 RBI...his 75 total bases in April tied for the eighth-most all-time. Had at least one RBI in nine consecutive games from Sept. 25, 2011-April 10, 2012, tying the Dodger franchise record held by Roy Campanella (May 30-June 5, 1955) and Augie Galan (Sept. 18-28, 1944). Led the club with 11 game-winning RBI, including walkoff home runs on April 28 vs. Washington and July 17 vs. Philadelphia. Has hit 20 or more homers in four consecutive seasons, becoming the first Dodger to do so since Eric Karros (6, 1995-2000). Batted .363 (45-for-124) against left-handers, the seventh-best mark in the Majors, with 11 of his 23 homers coming against lefties. Hit .292 with runners in scoring position (26-for-89) and batted .331 (58-for-175) with runners on base. Belted the 150th home run of his career on Sept. 29 against the Rockies with his second of two homers that night...had two multi-homer games, April 14 vs. San Diego and Sept. 29 vs. Colorado. Posted 35 multi-hit games with Los Angeles going 31-4 in those contests. Had one of the best seasons ever by a Dodger against the Padres, batting .406 (26-for-64) in 15 games against San Diego and ranking among the all-time Los Angeles single-season leaders in home runs (7, T-3rd), RBI (20, T-4th), slugging percentage (.813, 5th) . Had appeared in a Major League-high 399 consecutive games until sitting out the contest on May 14...missed a combined 51 games during two DL stints with a left hamstring strain...the club went a combined 24-27 in his absence. Underwent left shoulder surgery on Oct. 5 to repair a tear of the labrum...surgery performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Made a serious run at the NL Triple Crown and finished a homer shy of becoming just the fifth-ever player to post a 40-homer/40-steal season...won the 2011 Hank Aaron Award, took home his second career Rawlings Gold Glove and was awarded his second Silver Slugger...also selected as Baseball America's Major League Player of the Year, was chosen as a Sporting News All-Star and named the National League's Most Outstanding Player in the Players Choice Award voting...chosen by teammates and coaches as the winner of the sixth annual Roy Campanella Award, which is givennto the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher...Ranked among the National League's Top-4 in batting average (.324, 3rd), home runs (39, 1st), RBI (126, 1st), runs (115, 1st), stolen bases (40, T-2nd), on-base percentage (.399, 4th), slugging percentage (.586, 2nd), hits (195, 2nd), multi-hit games (57, T-1st) and total bases (353, 1st)...Became the seventh player in history to finish the season ranked in the top three in homers, average, RBI and steals in their respective league, joining Hall of Famers Ty Cobb (1907, 1909, 1910, 1911), Honus Wagner (1908), George Sisler (1920), Chuck Klein (1932), Willie Mays (1955) and Hank Aaron (1963) as the only players to accomplish this feat...Was the first Dodger to lead the National League in home runs and RBI since Dolph Camilli in 1941 and the first Dodger in franchise history to lead the NL in homers, RBI and runs...One of five players in Major League history to hit over 30 homers, steal more than 35 bases, drive in more than 100 runs and hit higher than .310, joining Ken Williams (1922), Barry Bonds (1992), Alex Rodriguez (1998) and Vladimir Guerrero (2002)...Led the Major Leagues with three walk-off home runs (Aug. 27 vs. Colorado, April 17 vs. St. Louis and April 21 vs. Atlanta)...Hit .335 with runners in scoring position (10th, NL) and .344 with runners on (3rd)...Batted .341 (45-for-132) vs. left-handers, which ranked fifth in the NL...his .319 average vs. right-handers ranked fourth in the league...Batted .322 with 22 homers and 67 RBI in 92 games before the All-Star break and hit .337 with 17 and 59 in 69 games after the Midsummer Classic...His .329 average at home ranked seventh in the NL and his .319 mark on the road ranked fourth...Led the club and tied for eighth in the NL with a career-high 74 walks...tied for second in the Majors with 24 intentional walks...set a career high by walking four times on Aug. 30 vs. SD...Had a season-high four hits on June 27 at Minnesota, Aug. 10 vs. Philadelphia and Sept. 22 vs. San Francisco...went 4-for-7 with a homer and 14 RBI with the bases loaded...Hit .330 or higher in four different months: April (.362), June (.375), August (.330) and September (.343)...Ended the season with the Major League's longest active consecutive games played streak at 365...the last time he did not appear in a game was on Aug. 18, 2009 vs. St. Louis...Won the second Rawlings Gold Glove of his career and led all NL center fielders with 11 outfield assists...also led the Major Leagues with 1,380.0 innings played in center...Voted to start in the Midsummer Classic and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in his first All-Star appearance...Won NL Player of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 19-25, after hitting .423 (11-for-26) with three homers, four doubles, seven RBI and nine runs...Became the first player in franchise history and the 13th in Major League history with 30 home runs and 40 steals in the same season...Is just the eighth LA Dodger to have 100 RBI and 100 or more runs in a single season.
Hit a career-high 28 homers to go along with 89 RBI, 19 stolen bases, 25 doubles, 82 runs scored, six triples and a .249 battingaverage ... walked a career-best 53 times ... Led the Dodgers in homers, runs, RBI, games (162), at-bats (602) and strikeouts (170) ... his 28 homers were tied for 13th inthe NL ... Became the 11th Los Angeles Dodger and the seventh outfielder in club history to slug 25 or more home runs in consecutiveseasons ... the last Dodger to accomplish the feat was Shawn Green in 2001 and 2002. ... Played in all 162 games and ended the year playing in 204 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the MajorLeagues ... Hit .295 (46-for-156) vs. left-handed pitching ... Led the team with 59 extra-base hits and ranked third with 39 multi-hit games ... His 19 steals were second on the team to Rafael Furcal (22) ... was caught stealing 15 times, which ranked second in the NL ... Among all big league center fielders, ranked third with 28 homers and fourth with 89 RBI ... Hit .318 (28-for-88) with 15 RBI in 21 games batting third ... Batted .294 (48-for-163) with eight of his 28 homers during the day ... Established a new career high with 170 strikeouts, which was tied for fifth in the Major ... Leagues ... surpassed his own Dodger franchise record, which was set in 2008 (153) ... Had seven home runs and 20 RBI in April ... was named the Dodgers' Farmers Insurance Co-Player of the Month along withAndre Ethier ... On June 1, recorded his second career walk-off hit and first career walk-off home run in the Dodgers' 1-0, 10-inning victory overArizona ... Set a career high by collecting five hits (5-for-5, HR, 2B) at San Diego on Aug. 2 ... Launched his fifth career grand slam on Sept. 28 at Colorado to help propel the Dodgers to a 7-6 victory ... his four RBI that nighttied a season high set on Aug. 12 at Philadelphia ... is tied for the second most grand slams in the Majors over the past threeseasons ... Albert Pujols (six) is the only player with more bases-loaded homers than Kemp over that span with Jason Kubel, AlexeiRamirez and Alex Rodriguez also having five slams since 2008. (Source: John Labombarda, Elias) ... Homered in his last five games (Sept. 28-Oct. 3), establishing a new career best for consecutive games with a home run ... earlierin the season, homered in four straight contests from April 13-16 ... Started 150 of 162 games in center field ... his 1,346.0 innings in center ranked second in the NL behind Arizona's Chris Young.
Established career highs with 26 homers, 101 RBI, 97 runs scored, 52 walks and 159 games played...with 34 steals, fell one shortof matching his career high of 35 from 2008...Ranked third in the National League in stolen bases...was 34-for-42 in stolen-base attempts overall, an 81.0 percent successrate...Joined Andre Ethier as the two Dodgers with 100-RBI seasons, the first set of Dodgers teammates to turn the trick since 2001(Shawn Green - 125 and Gary Sheffield - 100)...reached the 100-RBI plateau on September 24 at Washington with a three-runhomer...Became the first Dodger in franchise history with at least 25 homers, 100 RBI and 30 stolen bases in a season...With 26 homers and 34 steals, became the first Dodger player to hit 20 homers with 20 stolen bases since Shawn Green in 2001...became just the eighth player in franchise lore to accomplish the feat, joining Babe Herman (1929), Willie Davis (1962), DaveyLopes (1979), Pedro Guerrero (1982-83), Kirk Gibson (1988), Raul Mondesi (1995, 1997, and 1999) and Green (2000-2001)...Mondesi is the only 30/30 player in Dodger history, having done so in 1997 and 1999...Ranked third in the Majors with 14 outfield assists...only Boston's Jason Bay and Houston's Hunter Pence had more with 15...Ranked 11th in the NL with 139 strikeouts...lowered his "K" total from 153 in 2008...Started seven games in right field when Andre Ethier had the day off...Belted three grand slams to rank tied for second in the Majors with Ryan Howard, Hanley Ramirez and Cody Ross, trailing onlyAlbert Pujols' five...hit grand slams on April 19 vs. Colorado, May 7 vs. Washington and July 10 at Milwaukee to run his careertotal to four...Homered in a career-high four straight games from August 29-September 1...including that four-game streak, homered in five of sixgames from August 27-September 1...became the first Dodger to hit a homer in four straight games since Hee-Seop Choi turnedthe trick from June 10-14, 2005...Slugged two home runs April 19 vs. Colorado, his second career multi-homer game (also June 11, 2006 at Colorado)...Hit 13 homers at Dodger Stadium and 13 on the road...Led the team in August with nine homers...hit no more than four in any other calendar month...Homered on Opening Day, April 6, at San Diego, a solo shot in the seventh off Jake Peavy that closed out the scoring in the Dodgers'4-1 win...Dodgers went 19-6 in games he homered...Batted .362 (50-for-138) against left-handers to rank sixth in the NL...Led the team with 49 multi-hit games, one more than Andre Ethier...also logged a team-best 16 games with three or more hits...Opened the season with a 14-game hitting streak from April 6-21, batting .392 (20-for-51) with five doubles, two triples, threehome runs, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored...was the longest season-opening streak in the Majors...Logged a career-high five consecutive multi-hit games from July 5-10, batting .619 (13-for-21)...Had a 10-game hitting streak from May 27-June 5, batting .438 (14-for-32) with two homers and two RBI...had a 13-game hittingstreak from September 7-22, when he batted.291 (16-for-55) with nine RBI and 13 runs scored...Had 10 RBI in extra innings, which was the most in baseball since Juan Gonzalez had 11 in 1991 with Texas...became the firstNational League player with a double-digit extra-inning RBI season since Tim Wallach had 11 for the Expos in 1982...Collected five RBI in a game four times, joining Albert Pujols as the only players in baseball with four games with at least five RBI...had five RBI on April 19 vs. Colorado, May 7 vs. Washington, August 2 at Atlanta and August 4 vs. Milwaukee...Led the Dodgers in August with 27 RBI and 22 runs scored in 28 games...batted .313 (35-for-112) during the month, second toAndre Ethier's .333 average (38-for-114)...Scored a career-high four runs on July 19 vs. Houston...had a season-high four hits on August 4 vs. Milwaukee...laced a game-tyingRBI single with two outs in the ninth inning on September 15 vs. Pittsburgh (Dodgers went on to win 5-4 in 13 innings)...stoletwo bases in a game five times: April 16 vs. San Francisco, May 4 vs. Arizona, May 28 at Chicago Cubs, June 17 vs. Oakland andAugust 15 at Arizona...Belted two homers and four RBI during the 2009 Postseason...started all eight contests in center field
Enjoyed a breakout season, batting .290 with 38 doubles, 18 homers, 76 RBI, and 35 steals in a career-high 155games...Started 144 games, the highest total among the club's outfielders...started 92 times in center field and 52 times in rightfield...Ranked second on the team in home runs, and tied AndreEthier for the team lead in doubles...was second on the club insteals behind only Juan Pierre's 40...finished tied for seventhin the National League in steals with Florida's Hanley Ramirez...became the youngest Dodger to steal at least 35 bases sinceMariano Duncan swiped 38 bags in 1985 as a 22-year-old...Established a Dodgers' franchise single-season record with153 strikeouts, breaking the previous mark of 149 set by BillyGrabarkewitz in 1970...his record-breaking 150th strikeout came as a pinch- hitter on Sept. 26 atSan Francisco against Brian Wilson...ranked sixth in the NL in strikeouts...Was the club's primary leadoff hitterduring July and August, starting in theleadoff slot in 39 of 52 games from July1-August 28 (Juan Pierre hit leadoff inthe other 13 games)...batted .291 (50-for-172) with 10 doubles, five homers,16 RBI, and 27 runs scored in those 39games...Finished tied for second in the Majorswith 16 outfield assists behind onlyNick Markakis (17)...tied for third on theLos Angeles Dodger single-season listbehind Frank Howard (19 in 1962) andGary Sheffield (17 in 2001)...Hit .369 (62-for-168) against left-handersto rank fifth in the Majors...led theclub with 51 RBI at the All-Star break...had a team-best 80 hits and team-high46 runs scored after the All-Starbreak...hit safely in 26 of 27 games from July 1-Aug. 1, batting .321 (36-for-112) with 15 RBI...his 19-game hittingstreak from July 9-Aug. 1 (.359, 28-for-78) was the longest by a Dodger since Nomar Garciaparra's 22-gamer fromJune 16-July 13, 2006...also had a 12-game hitting streak from April 25-May 7, when he hit .400 (20-for-50) with 19RBI...With his 30th steal on Aug. 30 at Arizona, became just the fifth Los Angeles Dodger to record at least 30 doublesand 30 stolen bases in the same season...joined Steve Sax (43 doubles and 40 steals in 1986), Rafael Furcal (37steals and 32 doubles in 2006), Raul Mondesi (32 steals and 42 doubles in 1997), and Bill Buckner (31 steals and30 doubles in 1974)...Was named the Bank of America National League Player of the Week for the week of April 28-May 4...batted .407(11-for-27) with four doubles, 11 RBI, and seven runs...Was the only Dodger to hit a grand slam, April 26 vs. Colorado off Mark Redman as part of a 10-run first inning...collected a career-high four hits on May 19 vs. Cincinnati and Sept. 17 at Pittsburgh...also had four hits on Aug. 22,2007 at Philadelphia and Sept. 4, 2007 at the Chicago Cubs...established a career high with five RBI on April 26 vs.Colorado...all five came in the same inning to tie a Los Angeles Dodger record also held by Jeff Kent and DustyBaker...on June 5, was suspended by Major League Baseball for four games for his involvement in a June 2 scufflewith Colorado's Yorvit Torrealba...the tussle began after Torrealba tagged Kemp on a dropped-third strike...suspensionwas later reduced to two games...Batted .250 (7-for-28) with three doubles and one RBI in eight games...started seven contests, all in center field...didnot start Game 4 of the NLCS against Philadelphia
Made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career and went on to post the fourth-highest single-season batting average (.342) in Los Angeles Dodger history, behind Mike Piazza (.362 in 1997), Tommy Davis (.346 in 1962), and Piazza (.346 in 1995) (min. 300 PA)...his .342 average was the best in the National League and third-highest mark in baseball among players with 300 or more plate appearances, behind only Magglio Ordonez (.363) and Ichiro Suzuki (.353)...began the season hitting .429 (6-for-14) in five games, but went on the 15-day disabled list on April 10 with a mild shoulder separation suffered while crashing into the right field wall during the home opener on April 9...activated from the DL and optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on April 27...hit .339 with four homers and 20 RBI for the 51s and also had a 14-game hit streak that was snapped on June 7...was recalled from Las Vegas for good on June 8...crushed left-handed pitching, hitting .390 (39-for-100)...hit .333 (26-for-78) with runners in scoring position...started batting in the No. 3 spot in August and found a home, hitting .398 with four homers and 17 RBI in that slot...appeared in 88 games in right field and made four errors in 135 total chances...also played six errorless games in center fieldn June 12 vs. the Mets, hit the first Loge Level home run at Dodger Stadium since Olmedo Saenz did so on July 27, 2005...was the second of back-to-back-to-back home runs off John Maine...f his 10 home runs, nine came at Dodger Stadium, meaning 13 of his 17 homers have been hit at home in his big league career...in Dodger victories, batted .427 (64-for-150) with seven homers and 33 RBI...in losses, was held to a .254 average, three homers and nine RBI...batted .373 with four homers and 36 RBI with runners on base...hit .352 (51-for-145) on the road...batted .400 (36-for-90) in day games...hit .383 (18-for-47) with a homer, five RBI, and three stolen bases in the month of June...drove in a run in six consecutive games from Aug. 14-22, equaling the Dodger season high...hit .382 (34-for-89) with a homer and nine RBI in September...robbed Jim Edmonds of a home run by leaping above the center field wall on Aug. 11 at St. Louis...led the team with four home runs in Spring Training...finished the spring with a .246 average, nine RBI, and a team-high-tying 11 runs scored.
Began his professional career with the Gulf Coast Dodgers, batting .270 with one homer and 17 RBI in 42 games
In a combined 123 games for Columbus and VeroBeach, batted .293, compiling 18 home runs,27 doubles and 75 RBI, playing 113 games inright fieldHit .325 (26-for-80) with eight RBI in June forColumbusAlso hit .325 (37-for-114) in JulyOn July 23 at Rome, hit three home runs and drove in five runsWas batting .304 in 15 games for Columbus before being promoted to Vero BeachWas named the Florida State League Player of the Week for Aug. 23-29
Began the year at Double-A Jacksonville after an invitation to big league Spring raining...recalled on May 28 when he was hitting .327 with seven homers, 34 RBI and 11 steals while leading Jacksonville in nine offensive categories...Made his Major League debut on May 28 and went 1-for-4 at Washington...collected his first big league hit with a single in the eighth inning off Nationals' reliever Jon Rauch...Registered first RBI, stolen base, multi-hit game and multi-RBI game on May 29 at Atlanta...Slugged his first Major League homer on June 1 in his second Dodger Stadium at-bat off Philadelphia's Gavin Floyd...homered in three straight games from June 1-3 vs. Philadelphia...homered twice off Rockies' starter Aaron Cook in the Dodgers 6-5 win on June 11 to record his first multi-homer game...According to SABR's David Vincent, became the first Dodger and fifth Major Leaguer in history to hit seven homers in his first 18 days in the bigs, joining the Yankees' Dusty Rhodes (1952), the Cubs' Mandy Brooks (1925), Pittsburgh's Dino Restelli (1949) and Seattle's Alvin Davis (1984)...Became the first Dodger to hit four homers in his first 10 games with the team since Jimmy Wynn in 1974, though Wynn was not a rookie (Source: Elias Sports Bureau) ...Joined Dick Gray (1958) as the only Dodger to launch three homers in his first seven days in the Major Leagues (5/28-6/3)...Had a hit in his first 10 Major League starts and 13 of his first 15 big league games...Hit .293 (24-for-82) with 7 homers and 16 RBI in the month of June...his seven homers tied for ninth in the National League that month...Homered to tie the game in his first-career pinch-hit appearance on June 14 at San Diego...Was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 14...in 44 games for the 51s, hit .353 with three homers, 36 RBI and 14 stolen bases...recalled on Sept. 1...On June 6, visited the Salesian Boys & Girls Club with teammate and fellow Oklahoman Brad Penny, where they spent time with youngsters in the newly renovated Dodger playroom...On July 6, joined Dodger coaches Mariano Duncan and Rich Donnelly in hosting a clinic at Dodger Stadium for youngsters from MLB's Urban Youth Academy...Will play for the Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League.
Named the Florida State League Player of the Week for May 16-22 ... Named the Topps Florida State League Player of the Month for July ... Selected to the Florida State League season-end All-Star team as a designated hitter ... Set Single-A Vero Beach franchise records in home runs (27) and slugging percentage (.569) ... Named the Dodgers' Minor League Player of the Month for August ... Led the Vero Beach Dodgers in RBI (90), total bases (238), and shared the lead in steals (23) Played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League, helping them to the AFL championship...went 4-for-4 with two home runs in the AFL Championship game ... Finished the AFL hitting .383 with three home runs, 16 RBI and a .414 on-base percentage ... Ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the Dodger minor league system by Baseball America ... Rated as the Best Athlete in the Dodger farm system by Baseball America.
In a combined 123 games for Columbus and Vero Beach, batted .293, compiling 18 home runs, 27 doubles and 75 RBI, playing 113 games in right field...Hit .325 (26-for-80) with eight RBI in June for Columbus...Also hit .325 (37-for-114) in July...On July 23 at Rome, hit three home runs and drove in five runs...Was batting .304 in 15 games for Columbus before being promoted to Vero Beach...Was named the Florida State League Player of the Week for Aug. 23-29.
Began his professional career with the Gulf Coast Dodgers, batting .270 with one homer and 17 RBI in 42 games.