Kemp, who hit .345 (10-for-29) over 10 Cactus League games before spring training was suspended, appears to have secured a platoon role at second base alongside Franklin Barreto to open the 2020 season, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Kemp entered camp with good odds of securing that exact role, and his performance in Cactus League action served to definitively strengthen his job prospects. The 28-year-old forged a versatile stat line during exhibition play, recording a double, a home run, two RBI, four walks, a stolen base and seven runs. The left-handed hitting Kemp is slated to see time versus right-handed pitching, against which he slugged seven of his eight home runs last season and 13 of his 14 overall in the last three campaigns.
Kemp, who went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs in a Cactus League win over the Indians on Sunday, is now hitting .444 across 21 spring plate appearances.
Kemp has been swinging a red-hot bat since the exhibition slate began, complementing his ability to fill in all over the outfield and at second base with impressive offensive contributions. The 28-year-old has toiled for the Astros and Cubs over his four major-league seasons, and he could certainly carve out an Opening Day spot if he demonstrates he can keep up his strong work at the plate during the balance of the spring.
Kemp was traded from the Cubs to the Athletics for minor-leaguer Alfonso Rivas on Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Kemp filled a bench role for the Astros and Cubs last season but didn't do much at the plate, hitting .212/.291/.380 in 279 plate appearances. With the ability to play second base and all three outfield positions, Kemp should be a useful bench piece for the always-creative Athletics this season, but he's unlikely to play enough to be much of a fantasy asset or to hit well enough if he does get unexpected time.
Kemp is starting in right field and batting first in Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
With the Cubs eliminated from playoff contention and resting some regular players the past few games, Kemp has gotten an opportunity to play more often. For the season, the 27-year-old utility player is slashing .216/.296/.386 with a career-high eight home runs in 109 games split between Chicago and Houston.
Kemp went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit two-run homer in Saturday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals.
The home run was his eighth of the season -- and first in the National League -- as he connected in the seventh inning off Giovanny Gallegos to put the Cubs in front 8-7. The 27-year-old was hitting just .172 since he was acquired by the Cubs on July 31. Kemp's overall .215/.291/386 slash line isn't impressive, but his eight home runs represent a career high.
Kemp is starting at second base and batting eighth Saturday against the Nationals.
Kemp is in the lineup for the second consecutive day and has drawn a start in four of the team's past six contests. However, he's done little with the extra opportunity, going just 1-for-10 at the dish.
Kemp was traded from the Astros to the Cubs on Wednesday in exchange for Martin Maldonado, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This move comes after Kemp was designated for assignment by the Astros last week to free up a roster spot for Carlos Correa's return from a rib injury. The 27-year-old Kemp split time between second base and the outfield with Houston, compiling a .227/.308/.417 triple-slash with seven home runs and four stolen bases in 66 games. He figures to provide a utility option for the Cubs while Daniel Descalso (ankle) is on the shelf.
Kemp was designated for assignment by the Astros on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Astros needed to free up a roster spot for Carlos Correa (rib), who was activated from the 60-day injured list Friday, and Kemp was the corresponding roster casualty. Houston will now have seven days to trade the 27-year-old or expose him to waivers. Prior to being dropped from the team's 40-man roster, Kemp slashed .227/.308/.417 with seven home runs and four stolen bases in 66 games.
Kemp will be designated for assignment by the Astros on Friday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Kemp will be removed from Houston's roster in order to free up a spot for Carlos Correa (ribs), who is set to return from the injured list Friday. The 27-year-old Kemp has made 12 appearances (four starts) in July, slashing .190/.292/.476 with two home runs and three RBI. Houston now has seven days to trade Kemp or expose him to waivers.
Kemp went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
The homer was his seventh of the season, establishing a new career high for the 27-year-old. Kemp's .231/.313/.425 slash line isn't impressive, but the Astros seem comfortable with him in a bench role.
Kemp started in left field and went 0-for-3 win a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Friday.
Astros manager AJ Hinch gave Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick the night off against Texas left-hander Mike Minor, so Kemp and Jake Marisnick slotted into the starting lineup. For Kemp, it was just his second start in the nine games since the All-Star break.
Kemp went 1-for-1 with a two-run home run, a walk and a hit-by-pitch in Sunday's 11-10 win over the Angels.
Kemp started for the first time in a week and has just nine at-bats since June 19. The return of George Springer and addition of Yordan Alvarez have severely reduced his opportunities to play.
Kemp entered Thursday's game after left fielder Yordan Alvarez was removed due to a knee injury, going 1-for-3 in a 10-0 loss to the Pirates.
Kemp entered the game in the fourth inning after Alvarez aggravated a leg injury while chasing down a flyball. Alvarez was coping with discomfort after fouling a ball of his left leg Tuesday but was able to continue on as the designated hitter. If Alvarez can't play Friday, expect to see Michael Brantley, who was the DH on Thursday, slot in at left field instead of Kemp.
Kemp is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Jose Altuve (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and reinstalled as the everyday second baseman for the series finale, likely spelling an end to Kemp's run as a regular in the lineup. While the outfield also presents another playing-time avenue for the versatile Kemp, any steady opportunities he gets there will likely be short-lived with George Springer (hamstring) trending toward a return from IL early next week. Kemp suddenly looks like an expendable player in most deeper mixed leagues, and perhaps some AL-only formats as well.
Kemp went 0-for-4 in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Reds.
Kemp started at second base, like he's done several times while Jose Altuve (hamstring) has been sidelined; however, Monday's game may have been his last in that gig. Altuve played a second consecutive day while on rehab at Triple-A Round Rock, and his return is imminent, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Kemp was not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.
Kemp has been serving as Houston's primary second baseman while Jose Altuve (hamstring) is on the injured list, but the left-handed batter was given the day off against left-hander Clayton Richard. Jack Mayfield got the start at second in place of Kemp.
Kemp with 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Friday against Baltimore.
Kemp tied the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-run home run over the fence in right field, his fourth long ball of the 2019 campaign. The 27-year-old has registered an extra-base hit in each of his last four games, driving in four runs during that stretch.
Kemp went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and scored twice overall in Tuesday's victory over Seattle.
Kemp cleared the right-field fence in the third inning to plate Houston's first run and later came around to score on a Jake Marisnick double. The blast was Kemp's third of the year and first since April 27. However, even factoring in Tuesday's production, his season slash line still sits at a paltry .229/.312/.396.
Kemp went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Friday's 3-2 win over the Athletics.
Kemp's seventh-inning double plated pinch runner Myles Straw to tie the game before Derek Fisher hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth. Those aren't the names we typically see contributing to an Astros win, but the team will need fill-ins to play a significant role with Jose Altuve (hamstring), George Springer (hamstring) and Carlos Correa (ribs) currently unavailable. Kemp made his third start in the last four games at second base.
Kemp started at second base for a second straight game, going 0-for-2 and getting hit by a pitch in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Cubs.
Kemp is in line for more playing time in the short term as Jose Altuve and Aledmys Diaz work their way back from hamstring injuries. Both injured players will be out at least one more week. It's an opportunity to get more consistent plate appearances for Kemp, who is batting .222 and has one hit over his last 15 at-bats.
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