Zach Kempe

CLASS OF 2021

RHP
2B

Zach
Kempe

Notre Dame
St. Charles North (HS) • IL
6-1 • 200LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Pro Player Canes

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2021 National

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5/13/21

Notre Dame commit, ranked No. 9 in the Illinois 2021 class. Athletic 6-foot-1 200-pound frame, strong lower-half. One of the premier right-handed arms in the state. Short and clean ¾ arm action, extremely quick arm and low effort throughout; ball jumps out of his hand. Easy, repeatable mechanics, drop and drive type delivery, strides in-line with the plate, minimal effort appearance. Started on the mound for Saint Charles North and tossed 5.1 innings while only allowing 1 hit and striking out 7. Kempe featured a fastball that sat 90-92 mph early on, settling in at 88-91 mph later in the game, with arm-side life, jump through the zone and feel for both sides of the plate. Featured a high-spinning, tight slider at 74-76 mph with sharp 10/4 action. Ability to throw it both for strikes and to put hitters away. Continues to prove he is one of the top arms in the state. 

7/27/20

Verbally committed to Notre Dame.

7/07/20

Uncommitted entering the event, Kempe pitched his way to notoriety and much D1 interest shortly after the ProCase. At 6-foot, 180 pounds, he features a 90-92 mph fastball which spun up to 2,484 rpm and averaged 2,371. Kempe worked quickly with low effort via a compact circle to a three-quarter release point. As good as his fastball was, his hard curveball was even better. Sitting 77-78 mph, the breaker bit late and hard with tight spin, consistently in the 2,800s, topping at 2,890 rpm. Showing great depth and averaging -12.8 IVB and -11 HB it repeatedly induced swing/miss. He filled up the zone with both pitches and fielded his position well. Overall, Kempe was a huge “winner” at the event and has since committed to Notre Dame.

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