If you have been patient with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp to this point in the season then you may be about to reap the rewards.
The first good news comes with the fact that the Dodgers’ crowded outfield situation is becoming much clearer and Kemp is the one that should see the biggest increase in value.
Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly announced that Kemp would be his regular center fielder and that Yasiel Puig would be in the lineup most days. That leaves Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford fighting for playing time in left field.
The other great news is that it looks as if Kemp is starting to round back into form at the plate.
Kemp entered Thursday’s game batting .250/.330/.470 and he appears to be getting his stroke back, going 8-for-17 in his last five games.
His strike out to walk rate is still concerning at 34:12 K: BB in 101 at-bats, but I would expect that to improve dramatically as Kemp continues to get used to playing with his surgically-repaired ankle.
The 29-year-old started slow once again, posting a .727 OPS with 21 strikeouts in his first 60 at-bats, but he is heating up, which means you may want to try and sneak in and buy low on him now before his truly catches fire..
He’s still an injury concern, but Kemp’s days as an MLB superstar may not be behind him just yet.