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Kemp To Pitch For Jefferson College

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Senior hurler Brogan Kemp, signs his letter of intent to pitch for Jefferson in Hillsboro, Missouri after high school. Brogan is seated in between his parents Mike and Melissa Kemp. Standing is Hornets baseball coach Chad Malawy and Jefferson College Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Drew Stanton.

Another player, who figures to be a major key for the Nashville Hornets baseball team this season will be playing baseball at the next level. Nashville senior Brogan Kemp signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Jefferson College after graduation. Jefferson College is a community college that is located in Hillsboro, Missouri. Jefferson College is a part of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Kemp is coming off a year in which he helped the Hornets finish in a tie with Carterville for the Southern Illinois River to River Mississippi Division Conference Championship, as well as win a Regional Championship. Kemp was selected as part of the Southern Illinois River to River Mississippi Division All-Conference Second team as a pitcher. Kemp is coming off of his junior season, in which he pitched in eleven games for Nashville, and started seven of them. Kemp finished with seven wins on the season, which was tied for second on the team. Kemp did not receive a loss last season for Nashville. Kemp led Nashville with 73 strikeouts last season, and finished with a 1.45 ERA. At the plate, Kemp finished with a .256 bating average, with one home run, and twelve RBIs on the season.

When asked why he chose Jefferson College Kemp said, " I just thought it would be the best fit for me progressing from where I'm at right now to be a better pitcher at the college level. Jefferson College Assistant Coach Drew Stanton, talked about what Kemp will bring to the program. "Brogan is going to bring an elite level arm, that is going to carry on tradition here at Jefferson College. Just the size and his athleticism is going to be really exciting to see his progression, and I think he is going to follow a long line of really good arms that came out of JeffCo. High Division I arms, and professional arms, so we are excited about him."

Stanton went on to talk about the role that Kemp will play this season, "He's going to be a guy that steps in right away, and compete for a rotation spot and most likely be a high end arm for us, to throw some big innings for us." Hornets coach Chad Malawy talked about the player that Jefferson College is getting. ""They are getting a very raw pitcher, and I say that in a positive way. His best is ahead of him. He hasn't pitched a ton of innings in his career, so he has a huge upside with his arm, and the better training and pitching care he gets around, I think you're going to see Brogan take off."

As for this season, Kemp talked about his expectations, "I'm hoping to help out on the mound a lot along with hitting a little bit, make a real big run in the playoffs." Malawy also talked about his expectations. "Brogan is a huge arm for us and if he doesn't establish himself as our number one or number two on the mound, then I'll be, I don't want to use the word disappointed, but that is the expectation I have for Brogan Kemp. Him, Austin Anderson, Ryan Brink, we've got some senior arms, but Brogan has to rise to the top, and have a monster year for us. If he can do that, then I expect big things or some exciting things to happen for the Hornets this spring."