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Tony Kemp

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Tony Kemp
Name: Anthony Alan Kemp
Born: Oct 31, 1991 in Franklin, Tenn. USA
College: Vanderbilt
Ht.: 5'6" / Wt.: 165 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 5th round (137th overall) by the Houston Astros in 2013 (signed for $250,000)
East Carolina catcher Corey Kemp was the Conference USA player of the year in 2008, and his younger brother Tony has been a similarly significant college player, helping Vanderbilt reach the 2011 College World Series and igniting this year's team after moving to second base from the outfield. Kemp stands just 5-foot-6, 160 pounds, but he is bursting with energy. He's a plus runner who lacks power but does everything teams want from a leadoff hitter: working walks, slashing line drives, making consistent contact and stealing bases. He has enough pop to keep pitchers honest and was leading the Southeastern Conference (.411) in batting, on-base percentage (.498) and stolen bases (27). Scouts have noticed his improvement at second base, where he is rough around the edges but has a knack for making plays. Some still like him better in center field or as a utility player. Signability will be key to whether Kemp goes out in the first five rounds or returns for his senior year.
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