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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 blasted a pair of home runs and drove home four on Friday, powering the Padres to a 5-3 victory over the Nationals.
Kemp got the Padres on the board with a solo shot off of Tanner Roark in the first inning, then tacked on a three-run blast in the fifth to cap off the club's scoring. He has been on a home run barrage this week, launching six home runs in his last six games. With his 2-for-4 effort on Friday, Kemp is now hitting .258/.278/.484 with 22 homers and 67 RBI. Jul 22 - 11:16 PM

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Matt Kemp is out of the Padres' lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader in St. Louis.

Melvin Upton Jr. will start in right field and Alex Dickerson will start in left. Kemp should be available off the bench, and he'll likely start the night game.
Jul 20 - 11:56 AM

Matt Kemp launched a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

Kemp's drive off of Mike Leake in the fourth inning just cleared the center field wall and Tommy Pham's glove. The veteran outfielder has now gone deep in three straight contests and is up to 19 longballs for the season, putting him on a 33-homer pace.
Jul 19 - 12:10 AM

Matt Kemp homered for the second consecutive game as the Padres topped the Giants 5-3 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep of their weekend series.

The solo shot off of Johnny Cueto in the fourth inning was Kemp's lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. He has been a terrific source of run production in the middle of the Padres lineup this season, slashing .255/.276/.459 with 18 homers and 61 RBI.
Jul 17 - 11:09 PM

Matt Kemp hit a solo home run on a 2-for-5 night in a losing cause on Saturday.

The home run gave him 17 for the season and he is up to 60 RBI. His .255 batting average is well below his career .286 mark. Kemp has stolen as many as 40 bases in a single season but has yet to even attempt one this year.
Jul 17 - 12:52 AM

Matt Kemp is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for the veteran outfielder. Alexi Amarista is getting a start in right field.
Jun 26 - 9:50 AM

Matt Kemp finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Padres' loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

Kemp hits much better versus left-handed pitchers, but today he did some damage against a righty. He delivered RBI-singles in the first and fifth innings to account for all the Padres' runs tonight. Kemp is no longer the superstar he once was, but he still hits for power. His 51 RBI rank in the top 10 in the majors. After playing his entire career in pitchers' parks there is a chance he could be traded to a better place for hitters if the Padres become sellers later this summer.
Jun 22 - 10:49 PM

Matt Kemp went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles and two RBI on Tuesday, leading the Padres to a 10-7 victory over the Orioles.

Kemp got the scoring started in a wild ballgame with an RBI single in the first inning. He also provided the final punch for the Padres with a run-scoring knock in the ninth. With his four-hit attack, Kemp is now hitting .265/.281/.481 with 15 homers and 49 RBI on the season, though he has yet to even attempt a stolen base.
Jun 22 - 1:13 AM

Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer in the first inning Friday against the Rockies.

Hitting homers is all Kemp is trying to do at this point. Over the last month, he's hit .189 with six homers and a 33/1 K/BB ratio in 122 at-bats. Even with the homers and team-leading RBI total, the numbers suggest he's a liability for the Padres right now.
Jun 4 - 1:16 AM

Matt Kemp will serve as the designated hitter in Tuesday's interleague contest against the Mariners.

Christian Bethancourt was the DH on Monday, but he's behind the plate in Tuesday's game while Derek Norris is on the bench. Travis Jankowski is starting in right field.

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Christian Bethancourt
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Cory Spangenberg
2Jemile Weeks
3Adam Rosales
4Ryan Schimpf
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Brett Wallace
3Alexi Amarista
LF1Melvin Upton
CF1Jon Jay
2Travis Jankowski
RF1Matt Kemp
2Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Tyson Ross
2Andrew Cashner
3Christian Friedrich
4Colin Rea
5Luis Perdomo
6Cesar Vargas
7Erik Johnson
8Robbie Erlin
9Edwin Jackson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Maurer
2Ryan Buchter
3Matt Thornton
4Brad Hand
5Jon Edwards
6Carlos Villanueva
7Kevin Quackenbush
8Paul Clemens
9Jose Dominguez