Vanderbilt's Kemp adds another All-America honor

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 8:19pm
Staff reports

The honors continue to pour in for Vanderbilt left fielder Tony Kemp two weeks after the end of his freshman season.

The Franklin native was named to the first team of Baseball America’s Freshman All-American Team, the publication announced on Tuesday. It is the second such honor for Kemp, who also earned similar accolades from Louisville Slugger.

He batted leadoff for the Commodores, hitting .331 with a team-high seven triples — one shy of the school record. The left-handed hitter also drove in 34 runs, tied for third in runs scored with 58 and had 17 stolen bases.

Kemp, a Centennial High grad, was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and was selected to the College World Series All-Tournament Team.

He is the eighth Commodore to receive the honor from Baseball America and first since shortstop Anthony Gomez was named to the team last year. Kemp is just the fifth Vanderbilt player to earn multiple Freshman All-American accolades, joining Gomez, Mike Minor (2007), Pedro Alvarez (2006) and Greg Thomas (1991).

Austin Peay second baseman Jordan Hankins also received first-team honors from Baseball America. The Missouri native batted .351 with four home runs and 31 RBIs as the Governors reached an NCAA Regional.