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Matt Kemp | Outfielder | #27

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 6 (0) / LA
Contract: view contract details
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Matt Kemp is not in the Padres starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Dodgers.
It's an interesting time to give Kemp a rest with opposing southpaw Scott Kazmir on the mound. Christhian Bethancourt will make his first career start in right field in his place and will bat fifth for the Padres. May 20 - 6:36 PM

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Matt Kemp went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's loss to the Giants and is hitting .191 during May.

He also has a 14/1 K/BB ratio in 68 at-bats this month. The Padres can dangle Kemp all they want, but his power doesn't come close to making up for his contract, his defense and his on-base percentage (currently at .258 for the season). No one should want him.
May 19 - 1:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Matt Kemp is "being made available" by the Padres.

San Diego is apparently looking to sell early on the veteran outfielder, who is off to a nice start this season in the power department with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 39 games. That has come with a .250 batting average and a .264 on-base percentage and the 31-year-old is still owed a boatload of money, so the Padres can't expect to get a huge haul of prospects in return. Kemp has a weak .302 OBP in 811 plate appearances with the Friars dating back to the beginning of 2015.
May 18 - 1:28 PM

Matt Kemp went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

Kemp's homer off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in the ninth inning was a no-doubter, traveling an estimated 412 feet. Alas for the Padres, it only counted for one and Bumgarner settled down after that short bit of excitement to close out the inning without further incident. For the season, Kemp is slashing .250/.264/.500 with 10 homers and 29 RBI across 156 at-bats. He has cracked at least 20 home runs in six of the last seven seasons and is well on his way to hitting that mark in 2016, assuming he can stay healthy.
May 18 - 1:40 AM

Threes were wild for Matt Kemp on Saturday, as he finished 3-for-6 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored against the Padres.

Kemp broke out of a slump in a big way, as he'd had just three RBI and one run scored in his previous 10 games before Saturday's outburst. The home run was also his first since May 3, giving him nine overall to go with 28 RBI. His strong month of April followed by an ice cold start to this month has his line at .257/.271/.500 through 37 games.
May 15 - 12:19 AM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

The poor, poor Rockies would probably prefer Kemp just be traded over to the American League. He has made a career of demolishing the boys from the Rocky Mountains. To wit, Tuesday's fourth-inning home run off Eddie Butler was the 40th of his career against Colorado pitching. He has also hit 40 doubles against the team and holds a monumental .314/.372/.617 triple-slash across 564 career at-bats in match-ups with the Rockies. For the 2016 campaign as a whole, the veteran outfielder is hitting .301/.318/.612 with eight homers and 22 RBI.
May 4 - 1:24 AM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 and hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the eighth to help the Padres beat the Dodgers 5-1 on Friday.

It has to be particularly sweet for him when Kemp leads the Padres past his former team. His tiebreaking homer came off Chris Hatcher tonight, and the Padres went on to add an insurance run in the ninth. Kemp has seven homers and 18 RBI in 22 games.
Apr 30 - 1:36 AM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 and clubbed homer No. 5 in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

Kemp has no extra-base hits other than the homers and he's sporting an 11/1 K/BB ratio, so his OPS is a fairly modest .812 even with the five bombs in 56 at-bats. Still, it's a pretty nifty start. He has five more RBI (13) than anyone else on the Padres.
Apr 21 - 1:21 AM

Matt Kemp launched his fourth homer of the campaign, going 1-for-4 against the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

Kemp doesn’t run nearly as much as he used to, but the center fielder can still mash balls over the fence. He’s now hitting .273/.289/.545 with four homers and 11 RBI on the year. Kemp is swinging much more than usual -- perhaps because he feels as if he must provide all the offense in a poor Padres lineup -- but it hasn’t affected his power production. It just means he’s not walking very much at the moment, just one time in 45 plate appearances.
Apr 17 - 2:10 AM

Matt Kemp went deep twice and drove in six runs in the Padres’ blowout victory over Colorado on Saturday.

When Kemp is healthy and in a groove at the plate, he can put up video-game numbers in a hurry. The 31-year-old swatted a pair of homers against the Rockies and is now hitting .429 with 10 RBI on the young season. He quietly hit 15 home runs after the All-Star Break last year, and after three long balls this week, it appears he’s picking up where he left off. Although Kemp won’t get to hit at Coors all year like he did on Saturday, he’s re-asserting himself as one of the better second-tier power options in fantasy baseball. If he starts running this year, too, look out.
Apr 9 - 11:42 PM

Matt Kemp went 4-for-6 with a homer and four RBI, leading an offensive explosion as the Padres dispatched of the Rockies 13-6 on Friday.

After being shut out for their first three games, all the Padres needed was a trip to Coors Field to cure their offensive ills. As a club, they totaled 18 hits in the contest, six of those for extra-bases. Kemp collected three singles to go with his three-run blast, raising his average to .375 on the young season.
Apr 8 - 8:18 PM

Matt Kemp clubbed his second home run of the spring season as the Padres fell to the Giants in Cactus League play on Friday evening.

Kemp's solo shot came off of Giants starter Matt Cain in the third inning. He got off to a slow start this spring, but after making an adjustment with hitting coach Mark McGwire, he has really taken off in recent days. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4 to raise his spring average to .346.
Mar 19 - 8:08 AM

Matt Kemp cranked three hits in Thursday’s loss to the Giants.

Kemp led off the third inning with his first home run of the spring. He also contributed a pair of singles. Thursday’s game raised Kemp’s spring average from .222 to .318. Kemp finished fourth in the National League with 100 RBI last season, his most since 2011.
Mar 18 - 1:17 AM

Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com reports that the Padres have tried to trade Matt Kemp this offseason.

There were reports back in early December about the Padres dangling Kemp as they looked to acquire a shortstop. They've since signed Alexei Ramirez, but dealing Kemp and the $86 million left on his contract surely still appeals to San Diego. Whether another club would be willing to take Kemp's big contract on is another question, as the Padres would surely have to pick up a large portion of the deal. Murray was told by one source that the Padres have talked to the A's about Kemp, but Oakland is "not yet willing to pull the trigger."
Feb 12 - 11:23 AM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres have asked about shortstops when shopping outfielder Matt Kemp.

It's a position that the Padres could definitely stand an upgrade, so looking for a shortstop definitely makes sense. It's unclear at the moment if the Padres would be looking to eat any of Kemp's contract to facilitate a deal, or if they're considering packaging Tyson Ross.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 07:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Christian Bethancourt
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Cory Spangenberg
2Jemile Weeks
3Adam Rosales
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Brett Wallace
3Alexi Amarista
LF1Melvin Upton
CF1Jon Jay
2Travis Jankowski
RF1Matt Kemp
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Tyson Ross
2James Shields
3Andrew Cashner
4Drew Pomeranz
5Cesar Vargas
6Christian Friedrich
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Brandon Maurer
3Carlos Villanueva
4Matt Thornton
5Jon Edwards
6Ryan Buchter
7Luis Perdomo
8Buddy Baumann
9Brad Hand
10Keith Hessler
11Robbie Erlin