NL Notes: Kemp, Reds, Susana, Mets, Dodgers
Matt Kemp acknowledged final February that he hoped so as to add 4 or 5 extra seasons onto his profession, and with the 2020 marketing campaign and Kemp’s 15th MLB season now within the books, nothing has modified about his future plans. “That’s all the time been one among my objectives, is to at the least play till I used to be 40 years previous,” Kemp stated in an interview on the Energy Alley present on MLB Community Radio on Sirius XM. Kemp remains to be centered on capturing that elusive World Sequence ring, and “so long as I can proceed to assist a staff win and do some nice issues within the recreation of baseball, I’m going to proceed to do that factor till I can’t do it any extra.”
The 36-year-old Kemp was an All-Star as lately as 2018, although he endured an injury-shortened 2019 season that led to minor league offers in 2020 with each the Marlins and Rockies, the latter coming in June. Kemp hit .239/.326/.419 with six homers over 132 plate appearances for Colorado, working primarily as a DH and pinch-hitter and solely taking part in left discipline in one among his 43 video games. It stays to be seen if the Rockies or one other staff will give Kemp one other likelihood at extending his profession, although his prospects at one other contract would undoubtedly get a lift if the Nationwide League absolutely adopts the designated hitter.
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Shortstop was a giant drawback space for the Reds final season, and since Jose Garcia struggled badly throughout over 68 PA in his rookie season, he seems to be to nonetheless be a season or two away from being a giant league contributor. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic (subscription required) seems to be at a number of the prospects accessible to the Reds on the offseason shortstop market, although it stays to be seen if Cincinnati can have the payroll flexibility to pursue high free brokers like Didi Gregorius or Marcus Semien. Rosecrans additionally notes that the Reds have additionally scouted Ha-Seong Kim of the Korea Baseball Group, who wouldn’t essentially carry fairly as massive a price ticket, although a number of groups are anticipated to verify into Kim’s providers when he’s posted.
Talking of worldwide expertise, Dominican right-hander Jarlin Susana is an intriguing (and unattached) prospect heading into the January 15 worldwide signing interval. Baseball America’s Ben Badler has extra on the 16-year-old Susana, who’s 6’5″, 195 kilos, and hit 96mph throughout a showcase for scouts earlier this week. Susana additionally has “a pointy breaking ball” together with that fastball, which normally clocks within the “the low-to-mid 90s.” Lots of the high prospects within the 2020-21 worldwide class have already unofficially agreed to offers with groups, although Susana isn’t but linked to anybody, making him an fascinating choice for golf equipment with accessible bonus pool house. The Mets and Dodgers had been among the many groups who had evaluators in attendance at Susana’s showcase.