This past week, A.J. Reed was selected as the top first baseman prospect by MLBPipeline.com. Joining Reed on Monday as top 10 prospect is Tony Kemp.
Kemp was named the No. 8 prospect on MLBPipline.com's top ten second baseman prospects. Red Sox's Yoan Moncada finished first followed by Jose Peraza (Reds), Ian Happ (Cubs), Forrest Wall (Rockies), Alex Blandino (Reds), Alen Hanson (Pirates), Micah Johnson (Dodgers), Kemp, Rob Refsnyder (Yankees), and Scott Kingery (Phillies).
.@Astros' Tony Kemp (@tonykemp) is #8 on the list of #MLB's Top 10 2B prospects: https://t.co/jsx8hVOf7f pic.twitter.com/f1Aj5mbRq3— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) January 25, 2016
Kemp was selected by the Astros in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Vanderbilt. Kemp split time at Double A Corpus Christi and Triple A Fresno -- including winning the Pacific Coast League Championship and the National Triple A Championship. Kemp played in the All-Star Futures Game in 2015.
He combined to hit .308 (143x464) with 19 doubles, four triples, 48 RBI, 35 steals and a .388 on-base percentage.
The oddity of this selection is the fact that Kemp has moved to outfield to expand Kemp's diversity. At the major league level, the Astros have Jose Altuve -- a major roadblock for Kemp. Even with the switch, as this list shows Kemp still has value in the infield with the position switch.