Kemp becomes first 2013 Draft pick to reach Double-A

Kemp becomes first 2013 Draft pick to reach Double-A

HOUSTON -- The Astros promoted 5-foot-6 second baseman Tony Kemp to Double-A Corpus Christi from Class A Lancaster on Wednesday, making him the first Astros pick from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft to reach Double-A.

Kemp, taken in the fifth round out of Vanderbilt, was hitting .336 with 79 runs, 19 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 37 RBIs and 28 steals in 72 games for the JetHawks. He has also worked 45 walks against 35 strikeouts for a .433 OBP and a .901 OPS.

Kemp leads the California League in hits (99), OBP and runs scored (79). He slots among the circuit leaders in stolen bases (second), batting average (third) and walks (tied, fourth).

"Kemp is well-deserving of the promotion to Double-A, and it's going to be fun for the fans of Corpus to get to see him, and he's that much closer to being in Houston," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "He's an exciting player."

Luhnow said Conrad Gregor, Kemp's teammate at Vanderbilt who was drafted in the fourth round last year, could wind up in Corpus Christi soon, too. He entered Wednesday hitting .391 with six homers and 22 RBIs and a 1.152 OPS in his first 24 games at Lancaster.

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