Chris Kemp

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Christopher Hayden Kemp

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 210 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chris Kemp has been a player, coach and scout. He is the nephew of Hugh Kemp.

Kemp hit .392 as a high school senior and was also an All-Conference quarterback. He hit .363 as a college freshman and played in the Junior College World Series in 2003, the year he batted .371 with 10 homers. Transferring to Tennessee, he batted .278/.322/.374 as their primary first baseman in 2004. He redshirted in 2005; that summer, he played well for the Sanford River Rats, finishing second in the Florida Collegiate Summer League in runs (25), RBI (20) and total bases (63). He produced at a .314/.374/.520 clip with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 55 games as a senior in 2006.

Kemp signed with the Texas Rangers as an undrafted free agent; Jeff Wood was the scout. He split the summer of 2006 between the Spokane Indians (.218/.276/.323 in 36 G) and Clinton Lumber Kings (.226/.287/.345 in 24 G). In 2007, he played for Clinton (.291/.375/.418 in 43 G) and the Bakersfield Blaze (.194/.286/.226 in 12 G). Overall, he hit .243/.315/.353 in 115 games in the minors, with 9 home runs, 41 runs and 51 RBI. He fielded .981 at 1B.

Kemp coached for Spartanburg Methodist College in 2008-2009, going to the JUCO World Series the latter year, then became a Rangers scout. He signed C.J. Edwards and Luke Tendler. In October 2014, he was hired by the San Diego Padres as director of international scouting.