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Ian Kennedy

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals

2017 Stats

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4-12

ERA

5.39

WHIP

1.32

K

117

SV

0

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

First, the bad news. For the second straight season, Kennedy finished with a HR/9 rate north of 1.5 as he was absolutely crushed on the road (21 homers allowed in 108.2 innings). His groundball rate s...

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2017 ADP:  242.05

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 200   DOB: 12/19/1984   BORN: Huntington Beach, CA   COLLEGE: USC   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Ian Kennedy Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Royals in January of 2016. Contract includes player options for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons.

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Kennedy is with his family following the birth of his son, but could pitch Sunday if he rejoins the team in time, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

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Ian Kennedy Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2007 22 A TAM 11 10 0 63.0 39 9 2 72 22 6 1 0 1.29 0.97
2007 22 AA TRE 9 9 0 48.7 27 14 2 57 17 5 1 0 2.59 0.90
2007 22 AAA SCR 6 6 0 34.7 25 8 2 34 11 1 1 0 2.08 1.04
2007 22 MAJ NYY 3 3 0 19.0 13 4 1 15 9 1 0 0 1.89 1.16
2008 23 A TAM 1 1 0 5.0 2 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.60
2008 23 A GCL 1 0 0 3.0 3 1 0 7 0 1 0 0 3.00 1.00
2008 23 AAA SCR 13 12 0 69.0 52 18 4 72 17 5 3 0 2.35 1.00
2008 23 MAJ NYY 10 9 0 39.7 50 36 5 27 26 0 4 0 8.17 1.92
2009 24 AAA SCR 4 4 0 22.7 18 4 0 25 7 1 0 0 1.59 1.10
2009 24 MAJ NYY 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
2010 25 MAJ ARI 32 32 0 194.0 163 82 26 168 70 9 10 0 0 0 3.80 1.20
2011 26 MAJ ARI 33 33 1 222.0 186 71 19 198 55 21 4 0 0 0 2.88 1.09
2012 27 MAJ ARI 33 33 0 208.3 216 93 28 187 55 15 12 0 0 0 4.02 1.30
2013 28 MAJ ARI 21 21 0 124.0 128 72 18 108 48 3 8 0 0 0 5.23 1.42
2013 28 MAJ SD 10 10 0 57.3 52 27 9 55 25 4 2 0 0 0 4.24 1.34
2013  (Multiple Teams) 28 MAJ ARI/SD 31 31 0 181.3 180 99 27 163 73 7 10 0 0 0 4.91 1.40
2014 29 MAJ SD 33 33 0 201.0 189 81 16 207 70 13 13 0 0 0 3.63 1.29
2015 30 MAJ SD 30 30 0 168.3 166 80 31 174 52 9 15 0 0 0 4.28 1.30
2016 31 MAJ KC 33 33 0 195.7 173 80 33 184 66 11 11 0 0 0 3.68 1.22
2017 32 MAJ KC 28 28 0 143.7 132 86 31 117 58 4 12 0 0 0 5.39 1.32
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3-Year Averages     32 32 0 188.3 176 80 26 188 62 11 13 0 0 0 3.82 1.26
Career  (View All)     267 265 1 1,574.0 1,468 712 217 1,441 536 90 91 0 4.07 1.27

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Ian Kennedy Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 19 @Tor 5.0 3 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.39 1.32
Sep. 8 Min 3.0 4 3 3 1 3 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.45 1.35
Sep. 3 @Min 5.7 5 4 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.37 1.33
Aug. 28 TB 2.7 6 7 7 2 2 1 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.47 1.34
Aug. 23 Col 4.7 7 3 3 2 3 6 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.09 1.30
Aug. 18 Cle 2.7 6 5 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.06 1.27
Aug. 12 @CWS 6.3 7 3 3 2 1 7 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.80 1.23
Aug. 7 StL 6.0 6 7 6 1 4 5 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.83 1.23
Aug. 1 @Bal 4.0 8 4 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.60 1.21
Jul. 26 @Det 6.0 3 1 1 0 2 4 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.43 1.17
Jul. 21 CWS 4.0 6 6 5 0 2 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.61 1.19
Last 14 Games (Team)
2 Games Pitched:  Avg. 4.0 IP/G
8.0 7 5 5 2 3 4 0 0 0 0-2 0 0 0 5.63 1.25
Last 30 Games (Team)
5 Games Pitched:  Avg. 4.2 IP/G
21.0 25 19 17 7 9 12 1 0 0 0-3 0 0 0 7.29 1.62
Last 60 Games (Team)
11 Games Pitched:  Avg. 4.5 IP/G
50.0 61 45 41 12 21 35 3 0 0 1-6 0 0 0 7.38 1.64

Ian Kennedy Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201728953326010217.239
201642789358521016.224
201535593278217718.256

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201730462266917113.254
20163919531888117.249
201535881258422413.259

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201766.00806033186.821.55
201687.04408028123.411.13
201585.375010229194.431.37

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201772.74305525124.211.17
2016108.777010438213.891.30
201583.021007223124.121.22
Ian Kennedy vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Pitcher Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jason Hammel KC 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400

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Ian Kennedy Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2007 22 A TAM 11 10 63.0 10.29 3.14 3.27 0.29 88.1% 1.29 2.42 .259
2007 22 AA TRE 9 9 48.7 10.54 3.14 3.35 0.37 71.4% 2.59 2.56 .238
2007 22 AAA SCR 6 6 34.7 8.83 2.86 3.09 0.52 82.4% 2.08 3.20 .265
2007 22 MAJ NYY 3 3 19.0 7.11 4.26 1.67 0.47 0.46 85.7% 1.89 3.77 .237
2008 23 A TAM 1 1 5.0 7.20 1.80 4.00 0.00 100% 0.00 2.20 .165
2008 23 A GCL 1 0 3.0 21.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 66.7% 3.00 -1.47 .673
2008 23 AAA SCR 13 12 69.0 9.39 2.22 4.24 0.52 78.5% 2.35 2.82 .281
2008 23 MAJ NYY 10 9 39.7 6.13 5.90 1.04 1.13 0.82 56.3% 89.0 MPH 8.17 5.51 .347
2009 24 AAA SCR 4 4 22.7 9.93 2.78 3.57 0.00 84% 1.59 1.92 .316
2009 24 MAJ NYY 1 0 1.0 9.00 18.00 0.50 0.00 100% 91.9 MPH 0.00 7.40 .000
2010 25 MAJ ARI 32 32 194.0 7.79 3.25 2.40 1.21 0.86 72.9% 89.3 MPH 3.80 4.45 .265
2011 26 MAJ ARI 33 33 222.0 8.03 2.23 3.60 0.77 0.98 76.6% 90.3 MPH 2.88 3.39 .281
2012 27 MAJ ARI 33 33 208.3 8.08 2.38 3.40 1.21 0.88 73.3% 89.8 MPH 4.02 4.15 .319
2013 28 MAJ ARI 21 21 124.0 7.84 3.48 2.25 1.31 0.96 65.8% 90.3 MPH 5.23 4.75 .313
2013 28 MAJ SD 10 10 57.3 8.63 3.92 2.20 1.41 1.19 73.5% 90.3 MPH 4.24 4.73 .287
2013  (Multiple Teams) 28 MAJ ARI/SD 31 31 181.3 8.09 3.62 2.23 1.34 1.03 68.1% 90.3 MPH 4.91 4.59 .305
2014 29 MAJ SD 33 33 201.0 9.27 3.13 2.96 0.72 1.10 73.3% 91.8 MPH 3.63 3.28 .325
2015 30 MAJ SD 30 30 168.3 9.30 2.78 3.35 1.66 1.24 73.8% 91.3 MPH 4.28 4.58 .310
2016 31 MAJ KC 33 33 195.7 8.46 3.04 2.79 1.52 0.78 77.2% 92.2 MPH 3.68 4.72 .276
2017 32 MAJ KC 28 28 143.7 7.33 3.63 2.02 1.94 0.86 65.4% 92.0 MPH 5.39 5.69 .260
Today's Projections     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Next 7 Days     0 1 5.8 7.74 3.65 2.12 1.36 72.9% 4.19 4.66 .278
Rest Of Season     0 2 11.7 7.89 3.42 2.30 1.44 73.3% 4.16 4.67 .278
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3-Year Averages     32 32 188.3 8.98 2.96 3.03 1.24 74.5% 3.82 3.99 .304
Career     267 265 1,574.0 8.24 3.06 2.69 1.24 72.3% 4.07 4.22 .294

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Ian Kennedy Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 P 168.3 -2 9 -2 0 85 -1 0 0
2016 P 195.7 -3 9 -3 0 87 -1 0 0
2017 P 138.7 1 5 1 0 66 1 0 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 P 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
2016 P 2 0 0 -1 -2 0 -1
2017 P 1 -1 0 0 1 0 1

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2017 Stat Review for Ian Kennedy    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.02 K/BB
POOR
7.33 K/9
WEAK
3.63 BB/9
POOR
92.0 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
1.9 HR/9
TERRIBLE
0.86 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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5.39 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.32 WHIP
WEAK
5.69 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.260 BABIP
LOW
65.4% Strand Rate
LOW

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Ian Kennedy: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kennedy (4-12) took the loss Tuesday in Toronto despite allowing only two runs on three hits while striking out two without a walk over five-plus innings.

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Kennedy (shoulder) will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

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Kennedy is dealing with shoulder fatigue and won't start Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

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Kennedy (4-11) lasted just three innings and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts to take the loss Friday against the Twins.

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Kennedy allowed four runs -- just two earned -- on five hits and a walk while striking out a single batter through 5.2 innings during Sunday's win over Minnesota. He didn't factor into the decision.

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Kennedy (4-10) lasted just 2.2 innings in a loss Monday against the Rays, allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks with just one strikeout.

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Kennedy allowed three runs on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 4.2 innings in Wednesday's no-decision against the Rockies.

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Kennedy (4-9) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks with a strikeout and lasted just 2.2 innings in taking the loss Friday against Cleveland.

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Kennedy (4-8) gave up three runs, including two solo home runs, with seven strikeouts over 6.1 innings in Friday's win against the White Sox.

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Kennedy (4-8) allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on six hits and four walks while striking out five batters through six innings during Monday's loss to St. Louis.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

When Kennedy was with Arizona, the idea of him going to Petco Park full time would have been a dream. He put up a 3.55 ERA in 624 innings with the Diamondbacks through 2012 and his 1.1 HR/9 kept him from being consistently great. He held it in check at 0.8 HR/9 for his incredible 2011 season: 2.88 ERA, 1.09 WHIP in 222 innings. He took a major step back with Arizona in 2013, and that led the D-backs to flip him to the Padres. The expected improvement from Petco did not materialize for Kennedy, as his 4.28 ERA in 2015 was the second-worst full season effort of his career. While the ratios have been disappointing, Kennedy has mitigated some of the damage with a 9.2 K/9 over 427 innings with San Diego. His flyball tendencies may play better at cavernous Kauffman Stadium after he signed with Kansas City in the offseason -- Petco surprisingly skewed favorable for power last year -- and Kennedy could benefit greatly from the Royals' strong outfield defense.

2015

Upon his arrival in San Diego at the 2013 trade deadline, Kennedy’s woes with the Diamondbacks extended to his new club, but he turned over a new leaf in his first full season with the Padres, reestablishing himself as a strikeout king. He concluded the year with the first 200-punchout campaign of his career - 207, to be exact, matching Zack Greinke for 11th-most in MLB - which he supplemented with a 13-13 record, 3.63 ERA, and 1.29 WHIP in 201 innings (33 starts). Surprisingly, taking the mound half of the time in Petco Park wasn’t the catalyst for a career-best 0.7 HR/9, as Kennedy served up 10 long balls in 100.2 innings at home. In any case, he’ll again team with fellow starters Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross following a season in which the Padres’ rotation recorded a 3.55 ERA, good for ninth-best in the majors.

2014

Just two seasons removed from consideration for the National League Cy Young award, Kennedy's walk and strikeout rates had reversed course to career worsts in his four years as a full-time starter -- 7.8 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 -- before the Diamondbacks dealt the righty to San Diego at the July 31 trade deadline. Both marks actually bumped up with his new squad, but an exchange of the launching pad that is Chase Field for cavernous Petco Park resulted in a fair 4.24 ERA in 57.1 innings (10 starts) as a Padre. Considering his career line in the latter venue -- 90:27 K:BB ratio and .198 BAA in 71 frames -- a bounce-back campaign could be in the offing for the 29-year-old.

2013

Although Kennedy was able to carry similar peripherals to his breakout 2011 season (8.1 K/9, 2.4 BB/9), the results included an ERA that was more than a run higher and a home-run rate that swung back to his 2010 level (1.2 HR/9). A closer look at Kennedy's arsenal reveals that opposing hitters made more powerful contact against three of his four pitches, including his four-seam fastball (.291 BAA, .511 SLGA). Pitching half of his games at Chase Field, Kennedy's flyball tendencies will be more damaging than they would be elsewhere, but his walk rate appears to have stabilized at a strong enough point where the 2012 line is a baseline for his overall performance going forward.

2012

Kennedy made strides in his second full season with the D-Backs and solidified his place as the ace of the team's rotation. In addition to pushing his strikeout rate to 8.0 K/9IP, Kennedy's control improved to his Triple-A levels from 2008. Don't expect him to consistently maintain a sub-3.00 ERA while pitching half of his games at Chase Field, but Kennedy has a five-pitch arsenal including a very good two-seam fastball that mitigates some of the risk he presents as a flyball pitcher. The growth he showed in 2011 is largely sustainable as even a regression back toward his 2010 home-run rate (1.2 HR/9IP) will yield limited fallout since he's proven capable of missing bats a good clip and limiting the free passes.

2011

Of the D-Backs starters that were on the roster from April through October, Kennedy was the most consistent from start to finish. The Yankees were never willing to give him a legitimate chance to stick in their rotation, but he survived his first full big league campaign at age 25 and surprisingly racked up 194 innings over 32 starts after a shoulder aneurysm limited him to 23.2 innings in 2009. Kennedy missed enough bats (7.8 K/9IP) to survive serving up 26 long balls and issuing his fair share of free passes (3.3 BB/9IP). If you look closely, a .265 BABIP reveals at least some good fortune behind the sub-4.00 ERA and it's easy to see where his 4.33 FIP might be more telling of what to expect in his second season with Arizona, but there were signs of growth in the second half including a drop in home-run rate (0.76 HR/9IP) and fewer walks (3.1 BB/9IP).

2010

An aneurysm in his shoulder cost Kennedy most of the 2009 season, but he recovered in plenty of time for the Arizona Fall League, where he racked up a 28:5 K:BB ratio in 29.2 innings and gave up just one home run. Couple that with his career Triple-A numbers (2.14 ERA, 131 strikeouts in 126.1 innings) and you'll understand why the D-Backs coveted him when they were a part of the three-team trade that also brought Edwin Jackson to the desert in December. Kennedy is expected to take over the No. 4 starter spot for his new team.

2009

Kennedy had an opportunity to stake a permanent claim for a rotation spot with the Yankees when the team was ravaged by injuries last season, but a strained lat knocked him out of action from late May until early August, and he didn't pitch well enough around the injury to stick when he was finally healthy for good later in the year. After being demoted back to Triple-A, Kennedy was very sharp while he finished with a 72:17 K:BB ratio over 69 innings there. The Yankees' offseason free-agent spending binge seems to suggest that Kennedy might be traded to another organization, which would likely provide a much faster track to the majors. Keeper league owners should patiently wait for the change of scenery to take place.

2008

Kennedy made a meteoric rise from High-A to the majors in 2007, overshadowed by the dominance of fellow prospect Joba Chamberlain who made the same leap even faster. Kennedy didn't make the Yankees' postseason roster because of a late-season back ailment, but in his three big league starts, he showed considerable poise in high-pressure situations with the Yankees chasing down a playoff berth in September. It's possible that a numbers crunch will bump Kennedy back to Triple-A to start the season, but look for him to spend most of his season in New York, especially if Chamberlain stays in the bullpen.