Anthony Allen Kemp was originally signed by Astros scout Nick Venuto…is married, Michelle… was a four-year letter winner in both baseball and football at Centennial HS in Franklin, Tenn. before graduating in 2010…attended Vanderbilt University…was named the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2011 and was a First Team All-SEC selection after batting .329 with a .434 on-base percentage…was named the SEC Player of the Year during his junior season in 2013 after batting .398 with a .976 OPS…ranked second in the country in hits (102) and eighth in batting average.
Began the season with Houston and was hitting .227 with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 66 games when he was designated for assignment July 26…was traded to Chicago (NL) July 31 and batted .183 with a home run and 12 RBI in 44 games with the Cubs…combined for a .212 average in a career-high 110 games overall…also had career highs in home runs (8), triples (4) and hit by pitches (6) and matched his best in extra base hits (21)…had a career-high in strikeouts (47) and a career-low in batting average…hit .237 (9-for-38) against left-handed pitching, .208 (43-for- 207) with seven of his eight home runs against right-handers…has hit 14 of his 15 career home runs against righties…connected for six of his eight home runs at Minute Maid Park…had a .168 average in 55 games on the road…batted .275 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 36 day games, .188 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 74 games at night…has eight career home runs in 97 day games, seven in 186 contests at night…hit .283 in May but .228 or lower in every other month… had a .169 average when leading off an inning and is a .183 career hitter in that situation…made 30 starts at second base, nine in left field, nine in center field and three in right field…committed just one error in 43 games overall as a second baseman for a .992 fielding percentage…did not make an error in 33 games in the outfield and now has a 166-game errorless streak as an outfielder dating back to his last error on May 25, 2016 against Baltimore…was 9-for-31 (.290) with a triple, two home runs, seven RBI, five walks and two hit by pitches as a pinch hitter (.421 on-base percentage, .548 slugging percentage)…made 20 starts batting eighth, 18 in the nine spot, 12 hitting seventh and six batting leadoff. MAJORS: Got off to a slow start, batting .143 over his first 13 games…then had a pinch-hit, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning in Houston's 4-3 win over Cleveland on April 27… it was his first career pinch homer and his first game-ending RBI…that started a 15-game stretch where he went 12-for-33 (.364) with two doubles, two triples and a home run from April 27 to May 22…went 3-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored May 12 against Texas…it was the first time he scored three runs in a game in his career and the three hits matched his career-high (sixth time)…had his first of three career-high tying four-game hitting streaks from June 4-7 (5-for-16, .313)…went 0-for-3 on June 8 and then hit safely in his next four games from June 9-14 (5-for-14, .357)…then went 7-for-38 (.184) over his final 20 games with the Astros…hit his first career home run off a left-handed pitcher July 7 against Los Angeles-AL (José Suarez)…was designated for assignment July 26 and traded to the Chicago Cubs for catcher Martin Maldonado July 31…went 5-for-18 (.278) over his first eight games with the Cubs through Aug. 10…committed his only error of the season Aug. 4 against Milwaukee, snapping a 38-game errorless streak as a second baseman dating back to Sept. 14, 2016…went 4-for-41 (.098) over a 23-game stretch from Aug. 11 to Sept. 12…had eight assists and five putouts Aug. 24 against Washington to become the first Cubs second baseman with that many assists and putouts in a game since Ryne Sandberg on July 24, 1992 at Houston (8 assists, 5 putouts)…connected for his second career pinch home run Sept. 21 against St. Louis…that began a career-high tying four-game hitting streak through Sept. 28… went 4-for-14 (.286) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI during the streak.
Put together the most successful season of his Major League career and was a spark for the Astros offense all season...set career-high marks in games (97), at-bats (255), hits (67), doubles (15), homers (6), RBI (30), walks (32), steals (9), on-base percentage. (.351) and OPS (.743)...posted a .455 on-base percentage in 11 pinch-hit plate appearances, going 2x8 with two doubles, two RBI and three walks...had most of his success when batting ninth in the order, as he hit .308 (56x182) with an .846 OPS (.395 OBP/.451 SLG) in 65 games batting ninth...led all MLB nine-hole hitters in batting average and OBP...his .395 OBP from the nine-spot was the highest mark by a Major League player since Charles Johnson posted a .410 OBP while batting ninth in 2000...grinded out at-bats all season, posting a .336 on-base percentage in two-strike counts, the ninth-best mark in the American League...started 45 games in left field, 27 games in center field and two in right field. began his season at Triple A Fresno...was recalled to Houston on May 16 and remained with the club for the rest of the season...went 2x2 with a career-high five RBI on May 22 vs. SF...became the fourth player in Astros history to record at least five RBI out of the nine-spot in the lineup, joining Jake Marisnick (July 31, 2017 vs. TB), Hank Conger (twice in 2015) and Dave Giusti (1966)...drove in the tying run in the 11th inning off Blake Treinen on July 10 vs. OAK, snapping Treinen's streak of 20 consecutive saves...helped push Houston to a 6-5 walkoff victory... went 3x4 with two doubles and two RBI on Aug. 9 vs. SEA, tying his career-high for hits...became the first lefthanded hitter over a two-season span to record three hits off James Paxton in a single game...became the fifth player in franchise history to record multiple doubles and multiple RBI from the ninth spot in the lineup, and the first since Wade Miller on Sept. 12, 2003 vs. STL...hit a go-ahead pinch-hit double in the 7th inning on Sept. 7 at BOS...was on the Astros postseason rosters for both the ALDS and ALCS, batting .286 (4x14) with one double, one homer, one RBI and a 1.045 OPS (.474 OBP/.571 SLG)...as a starter in the playoffs, went 3x12 (.250) with a homer and a .471 OBP...went 1x2 with a double as a pinch-hitter during the postseason...started Game 3 of the ALDS at CLE, his first-career postseason appearance...went 1x3 with two walks and two runs scored in a start at DH...advanced to second base on throwing errors by Mike Clevinger and Trevor Bauer on pickoff attempts...hit a pinch-hit double in the 9th inning of Game 1 of the ALCS at BOS...went 2x3 with two walks and solo homer in Game 4 of the ALCS vs. BOS...prior to his recall to Houston, hit .335 (54x161) with six doubles, five triples, 19 RBI, 13 steals (15 attempts) and an .841 OPS (.407 OBP/.435 SLG) in 38 games at Triple A Fresno... was leading the Pacific Coast League in steals while ranking second in hits (54) prior to his recall to Houston.
Spent most of the season at Triple A Fresno, where he led all of Triple A baseball in hits (166) and was named Fresno's Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year....appeared in 17 games with Houston over two sints in the Majors, making eightstarts in left field and two in center field...began the season at Triple A Fresno and was recalled to Houston on April 26...optioned to Fresno on April 30...recalled to Houston on Sept. 2...set career highs for hits (3) and RBI (2) on Sept. 27 at TEX in what was his first career start in center field...in 118 games with Triple A Fresno, hit .329 (166x504) with 23 doubles, nine triples, 10 homers, 62 RBI, 24 steals and a .375 on-base percentage...led Fresno with 54 multi-hit games...led the Triple A level in hits and ranked fifth in batting average...his 166 hits and 95 runs both ranked third all-time in Fresno franchise history... posted a 24-game hitting streak from June 22-July 19, which was the longest in all of Triple A baseball in 2017... posted nine triples, two shy of the Fresno franchise record.
In what was his Major League debut, appeared in 59 games, and made 28 starts for the Astros...made 24 starts in left field, three as the designated hitter and one start at second base, while making appearances in center field and right field...hit .235 (4x17) in 19 plate appearances as a pinch hitter...had two doubles, three RBI and one walk in the pinch...had multiple hits in two separate games in which he entered as a pinch-hitter (3x3 on 8/7 vs. TEX, 2x2 on 9/20 at OAK)...opened the season with Triple A Fresno...played in 35 games to open 2016 before he was selected to the Major League roster on May 16, and met the club in Chicago...was optioned back to Fresno on June 24, for 35 more games...was finally recalled to the Major League roster on Aug. 7, where he remained through the end of the season...made his Major League debut on May 17 at CWS as a pinch runner... did not record an at-bat, but scored a go-ahead run in the 8th inning...went 2x3 with a single, double and walk in his first Major League start (LF) on May 18 at CWS...recorded a double in his first at-bat...recorded an outfield assist in the first play for the Astros on defense...tripled on May 24 and June 3...became the fifth player in club history to record two triples within his first 13 career games in the Majors...also Hunter Pence (2007), Brian Hunter (1995), Rob Andrews (1975) and Jerry Grote (1964)...posted a career-high three hits after entering the game on Aug. 7 vs. TEX as a pinch-hitter in the 8th...singled in his pinch-hit plate appearance in the 8th (1st career hit in the pinch) and hit a two-out, game-tying RBI single in the 9th inning to send the game into extrainnings...became the third player in Astros history to record three hits after entering a game as a pinch-hitter, joining Milt Thompson (3x4 on June 30, 1995 vs. PIT) and Enos Cabell (3x3 on June 21, 1984 vs. SD)...it was his first game back after being recalled from Triple A...hit his first career Major League homer on Sept. 25...went his first 102 at-bats in the Majors without a homer...in his first stint with Triple A Fresno (April 7-May 15), Kemp was hitting .298 (36x121) with four stolen bases, seven extra-base hits and 21 walks for a .410 on-base percentage in 34 games...owned a .313 batting average in his second stint at Triple A, which spanned from June 28-Aug. 5... tallied seven doubles, a homer, 14 RBI, six stolen bases and a .369 OBP in 35 games in that span.
Split the season between Triple A Fresno (71g) and Double A Corpus Christi (50g), batting .308 (143x464) with 78 runs, 19 doubles, four triples, three homers, 48 RBI, 35 steals and a .388 on-base percentage in 121 combined games between the two levels...was named to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and was also named a Double A Texas League Midseason All-Star...logged more games in the outfield than any year of his career...played 92 games at second base (88 starts), 27 in center field (24 starts) and five in left field (all starts) between Corpus Christi and Fresno...began the season at Corpus Christi where he hit .358 (69x193) with 10 doubles, 15 steals and an .876 OPS (.457 OBP/.420 SLG) in 50 games...was tabbed the Corpus Christi May Player of the Month after hitting .326 (30x92) with 11 steals and a .417 OBP in 23 May games...hit lefties (.353, 12x34) and righties (.358, 57x159) equally well while with the Hooks...moved up to Triple A Fresno on June 11 and remained with the club through the end of the season...hit .273 (74x271) with 20 steals and a .334 OBP in 71 games with the Grizzlies...prior to the season, was rated by Baseball America as the Astros No. 18 prospect.
Was named a Class A Advanced California League Midseason and Postseason All-Star...played 72 games with Lancaster and 59 with Corpus Christi, batting .316 (167x528) with 30 doubles, eight triples, eight homers, 58 RBI, 41 steals and an .859 OPS (.411 OBP/.449 SLG)...led all of minor league baseball with 121 runs scored...finished tied for fifth in the minors in hits (167) and 12th in OBP (.411)...was a Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient for being the best defensive second baseman in the minor leagues...made just seven errors in 524 chances between Double A Corpus Christi and Class A Advanced Lancaster for a .987 fielding percentage... led all Texas League second basemen in fielding (.996), while ranking third among California League second basemen (.980)...started the season at Lancaster before moving up to Corpus Christi on June 25...named the Lancaster April Player of the Month...was named the No. 15 prospect in the Texas League by Baseball America... also rated by the publication as having the "Best Strike Zone Discipline" in the California League...was named the California League Player of the Week for the week of April 26-May 1...named the Texas League Player of the Week for the week of June 30-July 6...also named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star.
Kicked off his professional career with a 75-game campaign between Class A Short Season Tri-City (48g) and Class A Quad Cities (27g)...hit .282 (50x177) with 17 steals between the two levels...was named Tri-City's July Player of the Month.