Kemp is hitting .250 (4-for-16) with a double, an RBI, two walks and four runs over seven May games.
Kemp has reached safely in four of the five starts he's drawn during that span, and he's sporting an impressive .368 on-base percentage for the season thanks in large part to a 17.2 percent walk rate. However, Kemp's season-plus long-ball drought continues, contributing to an abysmal .261 slugging percentage. The 29-year-old has exclusively operated out of the bottom third of the order, making nearly as many appearances in left field (10) as at second base (11).
Kemp is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
Kemp had started in each of Oakland's last four games, going 3-for-12 with a double, two walks and a stolen base. He had benefited indirectly from Matt Olson (eye) missing three of those games, but Kemp will likely find himself on the bench on a more regular basis with Olson checking back into the lineup for Sunday's series finale.
Kemp went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run in a win over the Tigers on Thursday.
Kemp, who manned left field, made his first start since April 8, while the hot-hitting Jed Lowrie handled second base. Kemp has been assigned keystone duties in just three games thus far, making the remainder of his five appearances in left field. The 29-year-old's .118 average over 24 plate appearances speaks to his considerable struggles when putting the ball in play, but his .348 on-base percentage, built largely on the strength of six walks, has been encouraging.
Kemp drew two walks in three plate appearances during Thursday's loss to the Astros before being pinch hit for in the ninth inning.
Kemp has only one hit his first 17 plate appearance, but he's reached base safely on four other occasions courtesy of free passes. The 29-year-old appeared to be making strides at the plate as spring wound down, but Jed Lowrie, who delivered a pinch-hit single after replacing Kemp on Thursday, has been the more productive of the two early in the regular season.
Kemp is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Kemp has started only one of the Athletics' first four games, as he appears to have fallen behind Jed Lowrie on the depth chart. Lowrie's lengthy injury history means that he probably can't be trusted to stay on the field for the entirety of the 2021 season, so Kemp should see playing time open up at some point down the road.
Kemp is 4-for-8 with two doubles, a walk and two runs in his last three spring starts.
The versatile veteran's ability to fill in at both second base and the outfield helps his cause from a defensive standpoint, but it certainly doesn't hurt Kemp that he's picked it up at the plate in recent games after seeing his spring average dip as low as .190 at one point. Looking ahead to the regular season, the 29-year-old still projects to see time at the keystone in tandem with Jed Lowrie, who Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports has made the Opening Day roster.
Kemp (hip) will start in left field and will bat seventh in Monday's Cactus League game against Cleveland.
Kemp checks back into the starting nine for the first time since exiting last Thursday's game against the Rangers after he was hit in the hip by a pitch. He appeared as a reserve second baseman in Sunday's loss to the White Sox, and after experiencing no setbacks with his hip, Kemp will presumably play a few more innings Monday.
Kemp (hip) won't play in Friday's spring game against the Padres, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Kemp left Thursday's spring game against Texas in the bottom of the second inning after he was hit by the first pitch of the contest. Manager Bob Melvin said that Kemp's hip tightened up after being hit by the pitch, but there's still hope that he'll be able to get back in the lineup Saturday.
Kemp was removed in the second inning of Thursday's Cactus League game against the Rangers after being hit in the back by a pitch in his lone at-bat, Jacob Rudner of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Kemp was able to take his base after being hit by the pitch and proceeded to play left field in the bottom half of the first inning before leaving in the bottom of the second. The Athletics may have just removed him for precautionary reasons, but Kemp will need to be viewed as day-to-day for the time being.
Kemp, who went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in a Cactus League tie with the Mariners on Saturday, is now hitting .429 (3-for-7) over his first four spring games.
Kemp has a nice three-game hitting streak going that also includes a double, three walks and a stolen base in addition to Saturday's solo shot. The 29-year-old never left the yard in 114 plate appearances last season, but he'd slugged a combined 14 homers over the previous two seasons while logging part-time duty with the Cubs and Astros. Kemp is likely to operate in a platoon with Chad Pinder and/or Jed Lowrie (knee) at second base during the 2021 season, but Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports the veteran is also candidate to see some time in the outfield against right-handed pitchers.
Kemp is likely to operate in a platoon role at second base again in 2020, potentially in tandem with returning veteran Jed Lowrie (knee), Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Kemp was deployed in such an arrangement with the since-departed Tommy La Stella last season, logging 43 games at the keystone. The light-hitting veteran is a career .988 fielder at second base and has just 15 career home runs in 862 plate appearances, but he brings a solid speed component to the Athletics lineup and is a highly reliable contact hitter that can also be utilized in the outfield.
Kemp signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Athletics on Tuesday to avoid arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 29-year-old was acquired by Oakland during last offseason and had a .247/.363/.301 slash line with five doubles and three stolen bases in 49 games (114 plate appearances) during the shortened season. Kemp unsurprisingly saw most of his time at second base, though he also played some left field and served as the designated hitter. Barring any outside additions, he could enter spring training as the favorite to start at second base on the strong side of a platoon.
Kemp will start at second base and will bat ninth Wednesday against the Rockies.
Kemp finds himself in the starting nine for the fourth time in five games, as Tommy La Stella has been seeing more work at third base of late to leave the keystone open. However, if Stephen Piscotty (knee) is able to reclaim his usual spot in right field for this weekend's series with the Giants, Kemp would likely be bumped out of the regular lineup versus right-handed pitching. The 28-year-old still looks like a better fit in AL-only leagues rather than mixed leagues.
Kemp has started four of 11 games since the A's acquired Tommy La Stella at the trade deadline.
He is 3-for-9 with a double, a walk and a strikeout over that stretch, so he is playing his new role well, but the days of Kemp working on the strong side of a platoon are over. Look for him to continue to operate in a bench role going forward.
Kemp isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
Kemp will take a seat with southpaw Kolby Allard on the mound for the Rangers on Wednesday. Franklin Barreto is starting at second base in his absence.
Kemp went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and a walk in Tuesday's 10-3 win over the Rangers. He was also hit by a pitch.
Kemp scored all three times he got on base, making a noticeable contribution to the Athletics' big win. He's hit safely in four straight games, going 4-for-14 (2.86) in that span. The second baseman is slashing .250/.384/.283 with one RBI, 11 runs scored and two stolen bases across 74 plate appearances.
Kemp will sit for the second straight day against southpaw Andrew Heaney and the Angels on Friday.
Kemp had started eight straight games against eight straight righties before heading to the bench against a pair of southpaws. Chad Pinder gets the nod at second base in his absence.
Kemp isn't starting Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Kemp went hitless with one walk and two strikeouts over his last 10 at-bats, and he'll take a breather for the series finale against Arizona. Chad Pinder will start at second base Thursday and bat eighth.
Kemp will start at second base and bat second Sunday against the Giants.
After batting out of the eighth or ninth spot in the lineup in his first 10 starts of the season, Kemp will slot into the two hole for the third game in a row while Ramon Laureano serves a suspension. Kemp came up big in Saturday's 7-6 win with three hits and a walk in five plate appearances, but he'll likely move back near the bottom of the lineup when Laureano is reinstated from his suspension ahead of Tuesday's game in Arizona.
Kemp is a candidate to fill the No. 2 spot in the order during Ramon Laureano's four-game suspension, which begins Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The veteran infielder has seen action in 13 of the Athletics' first 17 games, slashing .259/.429/.259 across 36 plate appearances. Kemp has yet to hit any higher than eighth in his 10 starts during that span, but his 22.2 percent walk rate and speed make him a candidate for a spot near the top of the order against right-handed pitching.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/09||vs TB||L 3-4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/08||vs TB||W 6-3||4||2||2||0||0||0||0|
|05/07||vs TB||W 2-1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/06||vs TOR||L 4-10||3||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/04||vs TOR||W 4-1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/03||vs TOR||W 5-4||3||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|05/01||vs BAL||L 4-8||3||0||1||0||1||1||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||27||98||21||25||1||1||1||9||19||18||4||2||.255||.387||.316|
|2014||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||59||233||42||68||11||4||4||21||28||32||13||6||.292||.382||.425|
|2015||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||50||193||36||69||10||1||0||19||35||28||15||8||.357||.457||.420|