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Kemp drafted in fifth round by Astros

Former Centennial High School standout Tony Kemp was drafted by the Houston Astros in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Friday.

A junior second baseman for the Vanderbilt Commodores, Kemp has the option of signing a contract with the Astros once Vandy’s season ends or returning to school for his senior season. If he chooses to return, Kemp will go back into the draft in 2014.

Houston drafted Vanderbilt’s right side of the infield with two picks on Friday, drafting first baseman Conrad Gregor in the fourth round.

Kemp was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2013, posting a .398 batting average, .490 on-base percentage, 58 runs scored, and 27 stolen bases – all SEC bests.

Vanderbilt starts a three-game series with Louisville Saturday at 2 p.m. in the NCAA Super Regionals, making the Commodores two wins away from the College World Series.

Posted on: 6/7/2013


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