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Ian Kennedy

33-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals

2018 Stats

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1-7

ERA

5.09

WHIP

1.45

K

80

SV

0

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

2017 was a trying year for Kennedy, as the right-hander struggled to stay healthy and saw a drop off in nearly every statistic from 2016. While Kennedy managed to make 30 starts for an eighth consecut...

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2018 ADP:  438.88

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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.

June 23, 2018  –  Ian Kennedy News

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Kennedy allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Saturday.

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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 30 30 0 154.0 143 92 34 131 61 5 13 0 0 0 5.38 1.32
2018 33 MAJ KC 16 16 0 86.7 94 49 15 80 32 1 7 0 0 0 5.09 1.45
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3-Year Averages     31 31 0 172.7 160 84 32 163 59 8 13 0 0 0 4.38 1.27
Career  (View All)     285 283 1 1,671.0 1,573 767 235 1,535 571 92 99 0 4.13 1.28

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Ian Kennedy Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Jun. 23 @Hou 7.0 4 2 2 1 1 5 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 5.09 1.45
Jun. 18 Tex 6.0 4 5 5 2 3 8 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.31 1.52
Jun. 12 Cin 8.0 3 0 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.13 1.55
Jun. 6 @LAA 5.0 7 1 1 0 3 5 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 5.76 1.64
Jun. 1 Oak 3.0 7 8 8 3 2 3 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 6.08 1.62
May. 26 @Tex 5.0 5 2 2 0 3 4 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 5.15 1.54
May. 21 @StL 5.7 9 5 5 1 1 5 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.30 1.54
May. 15 TB 6.0 7 5 5 1 3 6 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.98 1.51
May. 10 @Bal 4.0 8 9 9 3 2 4 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.61 1.49
May. 4 Det 6.0 6 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.92 1.38
Apr. 29 CWS 5.0 5 2 2 0 2 6 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.48 1.42
Apr. 24 Mil 3.0 6 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.46 1.42
Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched:  Avg. 7.0 IP/G
21.0 11 7 7 3 7 18 1 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 3.00 0.86
Last 30 Games (Team)
7 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.7 IP/G
39.7 39 23 23 7 16 35 1 4 0 0-3 0 0 0 5.22 1.39
Last 60 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.3 IP/G
63.7 71 43 43 12 25 58 1 4 0 0-5 0 0 0 6.08 1.51

Ian Kennedy Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20181714115421126.273
201731557346513218.236
201642789358521016.224

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20182123917521009.274
201734074277818116.254
20163919531888117.249

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201849.0040431984.781.39
201771.01806734196.461.51
201687.04408028123.411.13

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201837.7130371375.501.54
201783.04506427154.451.17
2016108.777010438213.891.30
Ian Kennedy vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Pitcher Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Gerrit Cole HOU 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
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 30 30 154.0 7.66 3.56 2.15 1.99 0.82 65.9% 91.9 MPH 5.38 5.65 .264
2018 33 MAJ KC 16 16 86.7 8.31 3.32 2.50 1.56 0.78 69.4% 92.1 MPH 5.09 4.75 .325
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 5.5 7.77 2.96 2.62 1.50 67.3% 4.73 4.63 .282
Rest Of Season     0 17 93.4 8.42 3.19 2.64 1.73 71.5% 4.54 4.89 .283
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3-Year Averages     31 31 172.7 8.50 3.08 2.76 1.67 72.2% 4.38 4.75 .283
Career     285 283 1,671.0 8.27 3.08 2.69 1.27 72.1% 4.13 4.25 .296

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Ian Kennedy Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
P 2018 86.7 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 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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2.50 K/BB
WEAK
8.31 K/9
GOOD
3.32 BB/9
WEAK
92.1 MPH Fastball
GOOD
1.6 HR/9
TERRIBLE
0.78 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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5.09 ERA
POOR
1.45 WHIP
POOR
4.75 FIP
POOR
BABIP/Strand

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

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.325 BABIP
HIGH
69.4% Strand Rate
LOW

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

Kennedy (1-7) allowed five runs on four hits with three walks and eight strikeouts over six innings in a loss Monday to the Rangers.

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Kennedy threw eight scoreless innings and struck out five in a no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday, allowing three hits and three walks.

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Kennedy held the Angels to just one run on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts through five innings but was left with a no-decision Wednesday night.

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Kennedy (1-6) took the loss in Friday's 16-0 rout at the hands of the A's, surrendering eight runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- and two walks over three innings while striking out three.

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Kennedy gave up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over five innings Saturday in Texas. He did not factor into the decision.

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Kennedy (1-5) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk with five strikeouts through 5.2 innings to take the loss Monday against the Cardinals.

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Kennedy allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Rays. He did not factor into the decision.

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Kennedy (1-4) was lit up for nine earned runs over four innings to take the loss Thursday against the Orioles. He registered four strikeouts and two walks.

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Kennedy tossed six scoreless innings and struck out seven in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday. He allowed six hits and walked one.

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Kennedy conceded two runs on four hits and two walks across five innings in a no-decision Sunday against the White Sox. He struck out six.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

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 sunk to 33.2 percent while his flyball and hard-hit rates jumped considerably -- his hard-hit rate was the fourth-worst among qualifiers, which bodes poorly for his chances of reversing the trend. The right-hander saw a dip in strikeouts and now has gone four straight seasons without a winning record. On the plus side, Kennedy has proven durable, making 30-plus starts in seven straight seasons, and his job is safe with four years remaining on his deal (and little depth in the Kansas City rotation). His 22.5 percent strikeout rate was strong and his ratios were plenty useful last season even with all the homers. There may not seem to be much room for growth from his 36th-ranked finish among starters last season, but Kennedy probably won't be priced any higher than an SP4 or SP5.

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.