Former ValleyCats Off To Hot Starts In Corpus Christi

Former Tri-City ValleyCats Tony Kemp, Jon Kemmer, Tyler Heineman, Conrad Gregor, and Mark Appel are off to hot starts for the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League (AA). 

Tony Kemp who currently leads the team with a .667 batting average and 1.394 OPS has been a catalyst at the top of the order for the Hooks who are 2-0.

Tony Kemp with the Tri-City ValleyCats in 2013 (Photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Both Jon Kemmer and Tyler Heineman are hitting .500 while Conrad Gregor is hitting .444.

Mark Appel who the first overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft allowed one run over five innings of work on Friday night.

It will be fun to see the continued development of Kemp who has been electric since he entered pro ball in 2013. However, it's unsure what plans the Astros have for their #14 prospect since they have all-star Jose Altuve at second base. What also makes the situation a little more interesting is that the Astros top prospect shortstop Carlos Correa is going to be playing with Kemp on daily basis which could build great relationship for the future of the Astros. As the youth of the Astros develops it will be interesting to see if the Astros hold on to Kemp or trade him for some depth at pitching.

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