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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
33.7 5.68 1.47 20 2 3 0 -0.2
Birth Date8-26-1984
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
Age34 years, 9 months, 0 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-3.72015
2016
-0.12017
2018
-0.22019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2007 PHI MLB 20 20 121.0 10 4 0 129 25 49 16 106 9.6 1.9 1.2 3.6 47% .281 1.27 4.87 3.87 118 6.62 136.9 -1.1
2008 PHI MLB 31 30 155.7 11 9 0 194 57 68 23 98 11.2 3.3 1.3 3.9 46% .305 1.61 5.51 5.49 121 6.99 149.1 -2.5
2009 PHI MLB 9 2 26.3 3 1 0 27 9 15 1 97 9.2 3.1 0.3 5.1 57% .302 1.37 3.54 3.42 104 5.53 118.5 0.0
2010 PHI MLB 33 31 180.7 11 10 0 199 49 84 26 93 9.9 2.4 1.3 4.2 45% .284 1.37 4.90 4.73 116 5.61 126.6 -0.7
2011 PHI MLB 34 15 114.7 8 6 0 110 30 59 14 94 8.6 2.4 1.1 4.6 46% .261 1.22 4.51 3.22 110 4.68 108.9 0.4
2012 PHI MLB 37 25 159.3 11 12 0 154 49 116 20 100 8.7 2.8 1.1 6.6 48% .278 1.27 4.36 3.90 105 4.61 105.6 1.0
2013 PHI MLB 30 30 182.0 10 13 0 207 47 110 18 106 10.2 2.3 0.9 5.4 52% .306 1.40 3.98 4.70 102 4.35 104.1 1.3
2014 PHI MLB 32 32 199.0 10 13 0 214 57 121 25 97 9.7 2.6 1.1 5.5 47% .290 1.36 4.54 4.61 111 4.52 110.9 0.8
2015 COL MLB 27 27 142.3 7 13 0 172 45 80 33 109 10.9 2.8 2.1 5.1 41% .300 1.52 6.14 6.32 127 7.24 169.2 -3.7
2017 BOS MLB 2 2 8.3 0 2 0 18 3 3 1 100 19.4 3.2 1.1 3.2 49% .447 2.52 5.05 12.96 112 6.50 138.4 -0.1
CareerMLB2552141289.38183014243717051771009.92.61.24.947%.2921.394.804.681135.50125.1-4.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2004 LWD A SAL 15 15 66.7 3 8 0 85 33 36 9 11.5 4.5 1.2 4.9 0% .328 1.77 6.00 6.07 0 0.00 0.0
2004 BAT A- NYP 13 12 70.7 2 8 0 94 18 53 6 12.0 2.3 0.8 6.7 0% .373 1.58 4.04 5.47 0 0.00 0.0
2005 LWD A SAL 5 5 22.7 0 3 0 38 10 11 2 61 15.1 4.0 0.8 4.4 37% .391 2.11 5.08 9.12 0 0.00 0.0
2005 BAT A- NYP 14 14 91.3 5 4 0 94 22 70 7 80 9.3 2.2 0.7 6.9 54% .302 1.27 3.73 3.75 0 0.00 0.0
2005 CLR A+ FSL 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 5 2 1 0 11.3 4.5 0.0 2.3 0% -1.250 1.75 5.20 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2006 LWD A SAL 7 7 46.2 3 2 0 34 15 54 0 92 6.6 2.9 0.0 10.5 53% .294 1.06 2.00 2.14 0 0.00 0.0
2006 CLR A+ FSL 21 20 130.2 9 7 0 117 37 79 15 85 8.1 2.6 1.0 5.5 38% .267 1.18 4.45 3.53 0 0.00 0.0
2007 PHI MLB NL 20 20 121.0 10 4 0 129 25 49 16 106 9.6 1.9 1.2 3.6 47% .281 1.27 4.87 3.87 118 6.62 136.9
2007 REA AA EAS 12 12 81.3 4 7 0 82 18 50 3 109 9.1 2.0 0.3 5.5 52% .299 1.23 3.24 3.21 0 0.00 0.0
2008 PHI MLB NL 31 30 155.7 11 9 0 194 57 68 23 98 11.2 3.3 1.3 3.9 46% .305 1.61 5.51 5.49 121 6.99 149.1
2009 PHI MLB NL 9 2 26.3 3 1 0 27 9 15 1 97 9.2 3.1 0.3 5.1 57% .302 1.37 3.54 3.42 104 5.53 118.5
2009 LEH AAA INT 24 24 143.0 9 7 0 133 35 62 9 105 8.4 2.2 0.6 3.9 52% .262 1.17 3.94 3.34 0 0.00 0.0
2010 PHI MLB NL 33 31 180.7 11 10 0 199 49 84 26 93 9.9 2.4 1.3 4.2 45% .284 1.37 4.90 4.73 116 5.61 126.6
2011 PHI MLB NL 34 15 114.7 8 6 0 110 30 59 14 94 8.6 2.4 1.1 4.6 46% .261 1.22 4.51 3.22 110 4.68 108.9
2012 PHI MLB NL 37 25 159.3 11 12 0 154 49 116 20 100 8.7 2.8 1.1 6.6 48% .278 1.27 4.36 3.90 105 4.61 105.6
2013 PHI MLB NL 30 30 182.0 10 13 0 207 47 110 18 106 10.2 2.3 0.9 5.4 52% .306 1.40 3.98 4.70 102 4.35 104.1
2014 PHI MLB NL 32 32 199.0 10 13 0 214 57 121 25 97 9.7 2.6 1.1 5.5 47% .290 1.36 4.54 4.61 111 4.52 110.9
2015 COL MLB NL 27 27 142.3 7 13 0 172 45 80 33 109 10.9 2.8 2.1 5.1 41% .300 1.52 6.14 6.32 127 7.24 169.2
2016 SLC AAA PCL 16 15 93.3 6 5 0 101 19 67 13 110 9.7 1.8 1.3 6.5 49% .303 1.29 4.83 4.73 102 5.53 121.1
2016 ANG Rk AZL 4 4 11.7 1 1 0 13 0 3 1 100 10.0 0.0 0.8 2.3 58% .286 1.11 4.96 2.31 124 9.12 193.4
2017 BOS MLB AL 2 2 8.3 0 2 0 18 3 3 1 100 19.4 3.2 1.1 3.2 49% .447 2.52 5.05 12.96 112 6.50 138.4
2017 PAW AAA INT 18 18 101.7 5 7 0 114 16 67 24 93 10.1 1.4 2.1 5.9 40% .286 1.28 5.70 5.67 107 3.97 84.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 2556 0.5000 0.4268 0.8909 0.6166 0.2371 0.9327 0.7822 0.1091
2009 383 0.4621 0.4569 0.8686 0.5876 0.3447 0.9423 0.7606 0.1314
2010 2814 0.5085 0.4289 0.8716 0.5940 0.2581 0.9212 0.7535 0.1284
2011 1715 0.4834 0.4571 0.8610 0.6200 0.3047 0.9047 0.7778 0.1390
2012 2497 0.4642 0.4642 0.7869 0.6186 0.3303 0.8661 0.6584 0.2131
2013 2853 0.4830 0.4578 0.8461 0.6139 0.3119 0.9007 0.7457 0.1539
2014 3091 0.4817 0.4419 0.8192 0.6165 0.2797 0.8900 0.6741 0.1808
2015 2204 0.4873 0.4569 0.8451 0.6527 0.2708 0.9030 0.7124 0.1549
2017 156 0.4679 0.4423 0.8261 0.6575 0.2530 0.9167 0.6190 0.1739
Career182690.48650.44690.84520.61740.28480.90350.72620.1548

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-07 2014-03-23 Camp 16 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-09-14 2013-09-30 60-DL 16 15 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-07-01 2013-07-06 DTD 5 4 - Head Concussion HBP - -
2009-07-17 2009-07-30 Minors 13 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-09-12 2007-09-12 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion Batted Ball -
2007-07-01 2007-07-01 DTD 0 0 Right Groin Soreness -
2007-06-19 2007-06-19 DTD 0 0 Right Groin Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 BOS $
2016 ANA $
2015 COL $5,500,000
2014 PHI $7,675,000
2013 PHI $4,500,000
2012 PHI $3,000,000
2011 PHI $2,450,000
2010 PHI $480,000
2008 PHI $445,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$24,050,000
7 yrTotal$24,050,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 159 dJohn Boggs1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by LA Angels as a free agent 1/18/17 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster on specified dates, starting 6/15/17. Contract selected by Boston 5/4/17. Sent outright to Triple-A by Boston 6/22/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/7/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $2M in majors. Released by Atlanta 3/12/16. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 3/30/16 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$5.5M (2015). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 2/4/15. Performance bonus: $0.5M for 190 innings pitched.
  • 1 year/$7.675M (2014). Re-signed by Philadelphia 1/16/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 2 years/$7.5M (2012-13). Signed extension with Philadelphia 2/19/12 (replaced 1-year deal signed 1/12). 12:$3M, 13:$4.5M. Annual performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 15, 20 starts. $0.15M each for 25, 30 starts. Award bonuses. 1 year/$3.585M (2012). Re-signed by Philadelphia 1/13/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.45M (2011). Re-signed by Philadelphia 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2010). Re-signed by Philadelphia 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.475M (2009)
  • 1 year/$0.445M (2008).
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 6/13/07.
  • Drafted by Philadelphia 2003 (7-205) (Mount Vernon HS, Wash.). $0.135M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3 3.1 0 9 9 49.1 48 11 29 8 .260 1.22 4.28 4.76 3.7 0.4
80o 2.5 2.9 0 8 8 43.6 46 11 26 8 .273 1.30 4.66 5.17 1.4 0.1
70o 2.2 2.8 0 7 7 39.8 44 10 23 7 .282 1.36 4.95 5.48 -0.1 0.0
60o 2 2.7 0 7 7 36.7 42 10 21 7 .290 1.42 5.19 5.74 -1.1 -0.1
50o 1.8 2.6 0 6 6 33.8 40 9 20 7 .297 1.47 5.42 5.99 -1.9 -0.2
40o 1.6 2.4 0 6 6 31.0 38 9 18 6 .305 1.52 5.65 6.24 -2.5 -0.3
30o 1.4 2.3 0 5 5 28.0 36 8 16 6 .313 1.58 5.91 6.52 -3.1 -0.3
20o 1.2 2.1 0 5 5 24.6 33 8 14 6 .322 1.65 6.21 6.84 -3.6 -0.4
10o 0.9 1.8 0 4 4 20.1 28 7 12 5 .335 1.75 6.64 7.31 -3.9 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.82.506633.2399197.2961.465.395.96-1.7-0.2

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2020357120282816920348953544.2971.495.836.1810.82.65.11.9-1.2
2021366100232313816540772944.2951.495.906.2510.82.65.01.9-1.1
202237590202012014634682544.2991.505.906.2611.02.65.11.9-1.0
202338580181810712931592244.2981.505.886.2310.92.65.01.9-0.8
20243947017179811929542044.2981.515.906.2510.92.75.01.8-0.8
20254047016169511428522044.2971.505.926.2810.82.74.91.9-0.8
20264147016169511528522044.2971.505.956.3110.92.64.91.9-0.8
20274246014148310125461844.2971.516.006.3610.92.75.01.9-0.8
2028433601313769223411644.2971.526.026.3810.92.74.91.9-0.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 72)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 84 Brian Moehler 2006 7.08
2 84 Tomo Ohka 2010 0.00 DNP
3 82 Todd Ritchie 2006 0.00 DNP
4 81 Tim Redding 2012 0.00 DNP
5 79 Eric Stults 2014 4.70
6 79 Josh Fogg 2011 0.00 DNP
7 79 Chris Narveson 2016 8.64
8 79 Brian Lawrence 2010 0.00 DNP
9 79 Rodrigo Lopez 2010 5.67
10 77 Dave Bush 2014 0.00 DNP
11 76 Josh Towers 2011 0.00 DNP
12 76 Claudio Vargas 2012 0.00 DNP
13 76 Eric Milton 2010 0.00 DNP
14 76 Travis Smith 2007 0.00 DNP
15 76 Ray Herbert 1964 4.03
16 75 Jose Lima 2007 0.00 DNP
17 75 Scott Baker 2016 0.00 DNP
18 75 Jeff Weaver 2011 0.00 DNP
19 75 Brett Tomko 2007 6.10
20 75 Travis Driskill 2006 0.00 DNP
21 74 Livan Hernandez 2009 5.49
22 74 Paul Wilson 2007 0.00 DNP
23 74 Matt Morris 2009 0.00 DNP
24 73 R.A. Dickey 2009 4.76
25 73 Edwin Jackson 2018 3.62
26 73 Brandon Duckworth 2010 0.00 DNP
27 73 Brad Penny 2012 7.07
28 72 Chris Jakubauskas 2013 0.00 DNP
29 72 Freddy Garcia 2011 3.87
30 72 Bruce Chen 2011 4.12
31 72 Tsuyoshi Wada 2015 3.90
32 72 Ramon Ortiz 2007 5.63
33 72 Walter Silva 2011 0.00 DNP
34 72 Jon Garland 2014 0.00 DNP
35 72 Jerome Williams 2016 8.31
36 72 Elmer Dessens 2005 4.11
37 72 Larry Benton 1932 5.00
38 72 Scott Richmond 2014 0.00 DNP
39 71 Doyle Alexander 1985 3.63
40 71 Brian Anderson 2006 0.00 DNP
41 71 Mark Redman 2008 7.94
42 71 Chien-Ming Wang 2014 0.00 DNP
43 71 Ross Ohlendorf 2017 0.00 DNP
44 71 Chris Sampson 2012 0.00 DNP
45 71 Rick Rhoden 1987 4.16
46 71 Kris Benson 2009 9.27
47 71 Chan Ho Park 2007 15.75
48 70 Glendon Rusch 2009 7.23
49 70 Jesse Petty 1929 4.75
50 70 Red Lucas 1936 3.41
51 70 Aaron Small 2006 9.43
52 70 Chris Young 2013 0.00 DNP
53 70 Shaun Marcum 2016 0.00 DNP
54 70 John Burkett 1999 5.80
55 70 Jarrod Washburn 2009 3.94
56 70 Joel Pineiro 2013 0.00 DNP
57 70 Roberto Hernandez 2015 5.10
58 70 Joe Horlen 1972 3.64
59 70 Paul Byrd 2005 4.18
60 70 Bob Ojeda 1992 4.33
61 70 Johnny Sain 1952 4.26
62 70 Jared Fernandez 2006 11.37
63 70 Jim Clancy 1990 6.87
64 69 Jim Kaat 1973 4.93
65 69 Randy Wolf 2011 4.03
66 69 John Lackey 2013 3.76
67 69 Jim Wilson 1956 4.72
68 69 Bill Sherdel 1931 4.49
69 69 Vern Law 1964 3.94
70 69 Geoff Zahn 1980 5.34
71 69 Dolly Gray 1932 5.82
72 69 Darryl Kile 2003 0.00 DNP
73 69 Kevin Correia 2015 8.87
74 69 Marty Pattin 1977 3.93
75 69 Ben Sheets 2013 0.00 DNP
76 69 Ryan Franklin 2007 3.15
77 69 Alfredo Simon 2015 5.40
78 69 Jesse Flores 1949 0.00 DNP
79 68 Milt Pappas 1973 4.56
80 68 Clayton Richard 2018 5.56
81 68 Brian Burres 2015 0.00 DNP
82 68 Rick Wise 1980 4.02
83 68 John Wasdin 2007 5.95
84 68 Danny Darwin 1990 2.32
85 68 Rick Sutcliffe 1990 5.91
86 68 Dave Goltz 1983 6.79
87 68 Jered Weaver 2017 8.72
88 68 Joe Roa 2006 0.00 DNP
89 68 Jim Lonborg 1976 3.45
90 68 Bob Muncrief 1950 0.00 DNP
91 68 Tot Pressnell 1941 3.49
92 68 Frank Lary 1964 5.65
93 68 Terry Mulholland 1997 4.77
94 68 Randy Gumpert 1952 4.78
95 68 Bronson Arroyo 2011 5.38
96 68 Steve Gromek 1954 3.03
97 68 Max Butcher 1945 4.58
98 68 Shawn Estes 2007 0.00 DNP
99 68 Jeff Harris 2009 0.00 DNP
100 68 Ed Wells 1934 5.17

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 How do you think Kyle Kendrick fared for his two starts in the AL East? Don’t look at the stats, just go with your gut on this one. Yep. Yep, you’re right.
2017 After Kendrick gave up a league-leading 33 homers for the Rockies in 2015, he tried and failed to make the Braves coming out of spring training. That’s the 93-loss Braves. This is not a good two seasons. It didn’t get better. He signed with the Angels in April, was sent to Triple-A and missed much of the season with a shoulder impingement. Well, they said it was a shoulder impingement. It could easy have been whiplash. Either way Kendrick brings his lack of stuff and recent injury history into 2017, when he might hold down a minor-league rotation spot in a sea-level park.
2016 Good heavens, what a signing. Colorado's been trying to isolate the attributes of a successful Coors Field pitcher for going on 20 years now, and it got them to Kyle Kendrick? A contact-oriented pitcher who can't even boast a good walk or groundball rate? Perhaps the Rockies liked that he got by without the heavy use of a curveball, a pitch Baseball Prospectus author Dan Rozenson found suffers disproportionately negative effects at their home park. No matter the reason for the experiment, it failed miserably—unless you were part of BP's Hacking Mass fantasy game, where sucking is the key and where Kendrick was the preseason's most popular pick. (Good move; he was the format's MVP.)

He lost a tick off his fastball and his splitter didn't have its same bottoming-out action in Denver's thin air, leading to a career-low groundball rate and the most contact yielded since 2011. What followed were two home runs allowed every nine innings (bad, but not park-adjusted) and one of the 10 highest DRAs among starting pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched (bad and park-adjusted). Luckily for the Rockies, they only signed up for a one-year pact, meaning daily fantasy players will have to find a new pitcher to stack their lineups against.

2015 Like many a fifth starter, Kendrick's ERA swings from league average on the high end to much worse on the low end, without ever really seeing his FIP budge. His latest attempt at missing the occasional bat is a curveball that he threw about once in 10 pitches; it had one of the league's worst whiff rates, and batters slugged .450 against it. He's not getting better but he is getting more work, having set career highs in innings in each of the past two seasons, and like many a fifth starter that's about 90 percent of his value. Unlike many a fifth starter, he has earned $20 million.
2014 At the advice of both his father and former pitching coach Rich Dubee, Kendrick downgraded his cutter and polished up his changeup, and something seemed to click. He ended the 2012 season on a nearly elite run, then carried a 3.56 ERA through June 2013. Cue dark, discordant music. From the start of July on, he posted a 6.49 ERA. Blood, guts, gore, sobbing, pleading, slashing, screaming. After his final start, in mid-September, he went on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Turns out we were watching that kind of movie all along.
2013 It was bleak for Kendrick back in 2008, when he posted horrible baseline skills and even worse results. But the 23-year-old was resilient and now hes a 28-year old veteran on the heels of two strong seasons rounding out the Phillies starting rotation. Low on pure stuff, Kendrick has survived on a control-first approach paired with a strikeout rate that skyrocketed nicely from 12 to 17 percent last year. His primary flaw is the home-run bug. Despite a rate of better than one per game, he has survived with sub-4.00 ERAs each of the past two seasons, but pulling the trifecta with the same skill set would be a real magic trick. Even if he does fall in line closer to where you would expect someone with his skills to be, as a fifth starter the bar is low: He has margin for error between where he's been and whats acceptable.
2012 The last of the traditionalist holdouts for ERA might want to take notice of Kendricks 2011 season. It was almost identical to his horrendous 2010 season. He struck out a batter on average once every two innings and gave up plenty of hits. The difference in his seasons is attributable to two stats. First, he had a friendly BABIP of .261, 25 points better than his career average. Second, nine of the runs he allowed (18 percent of the total) were counted as unearned, a benefit he earns because hes a groundball-type (if not groundball-effect) pitcher. He made $2.45 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Well see what the Phillies do given the possibility that an arbitrator might very well look at Kendricks ERA and conclude hes much more valuable than he is. He wasnt non-tendered this year, but hes a good bet to be a free agent after this season.
2011 It wasnt the plan for Kendrick to get this many innings, but it takes quite a mental gymnastics routine to believe that nobody foresaw Jamie Moyer succumbing to injury. He struck out fewer batters than any other title qualifier, his slider is still a cookie, and he no longer generates a significant number of ground balls. He turned in nine Disaster Starts (more runs than innings pitched) out of 31 in 2010, and did it all while looking like the same pitcher hes always been. Hes worth a roster spot only at the league minimum, which gives him one more year to find a way to strike hitters out.
2010 Kendrick will be competing for the fifth spot in the rotation in spring training, but Jamie Moyer's probably got dibs until he shows 2009 was the beginning of the end. He spent much of last year trying to find another pitch to add to his predictable sinker/sinker mix, but lefties continued to belt him around a bit. Teams do not exactly line up to develop or acquire ROOGYs, but it's a role Kendrick will likely need to be fall back into if he ever wants to experience major-league success again.
2009 His heroics in '07 were nice, but while he got to hold onto his rotation slot while Eaton lost his after the Blanton deal, the Phillies eventually pulled Kendrick from the rotation with the pressure on in September, slotting in Happ against the Braves for his next two turns (and winning both). In the age-old debate of nature vs. nurture to help sort out what can be done with Kendrick, it isn't the park that's killing him; more fundamentally, no matter where he calls home, he's not hard-wired with anything that works against lefties, who have slugged .544 against him in his brief career. That's all left-handers, so not just the ones who can hit. Boxed out of the rotation by Happ and the addition of Chan Ho Park, Kendrick's in danger of becoming a situational righty or extra arm.
2008 Kendrick saved the Phillies last year. With Freddy Garcia checking out of the rotation in early June, and Jon Lieber about to do likewise, Kendrick checked in and gave the team 13 quality starts in 20 tries. He should get his medal now, because as long as his strikeout rate stays as low as it is, there won't be too many more reasons to honor him. Another thing that won't happen again: a slightly above-average rate of line drives allowed (21 percent) yielding a below-average batting average on balls in play (.285).
2007 A former high school quarterback, Kyle Kendrick made improvements in his off-speed stuff to complement a good moving fastball.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)If given the choice of AJ Burnett or Kyle Kendrick, who would you choose for a big game? Or would it be more prudent to release them both outright and grab someone from A-ball, if you were the Phillies.
(mshreve1967 from Titusville, NJ)
Gotta admit, I thought Kendrick was going to take a big step forward last season after stepping onto the Halladay/McCarthy/Morton path of throwing sinkers, cutters and curves. Didn't happen. Then again, AJ might retire, and hasn't pitched well this year or in his postseason career, so I'll stick with Kendrick anyway. You're assuming he'll still be around though the next time there's a big game being played in Philly, right? ;-) (Cory Schwartz)
2014-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's say Dave Montgomery fires Ruben and hires you as the Phillies GM immediately. What August deals would you make to save our franchise?
(Steve from Philly)
Unfortunately, I don't think there's much anyone can do just yet. Ruben's lack of action at the deadline wasn't as appalling as it seemed. His hands were tied by his own previous actions (bad contracts, etc.). I can't believe Papelbon and Bastardo weren't moved, but whatever. I would have eaten any contracts I could in order to get something back and rebuild the system. Not sure what he can do in August. Maybe get rid of Kyle Kendrick if someone will take him? Either way, his hands are pretty much tied until the winter. (Jeff Moore)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kyle Kendrick actually a good pitcher ? He's been keeping this up for a year now. 1.16 WHIP, 3.28 ERA, 15 wins. If he is, how, why ?
(tbwhite from San Diego)
Yes he is, with command & control mostly. It feels shocking or more surprising because he doesn't have overwhelming stuff. That's a fantasy bias. When guys don't have 95 MPH with a devastating second pitch, we don't give them much attention. And sometimes it takes those grinders a little longer to find their groove. Kendrick started out nicely results-wise, but the skills were lame so we knew he'd regress some. Then he learned how to make his stuff work and post a legitimate K rate (still below avg, but not embarrassing). (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul, rank these pitchers for 5x5 rest of season: Paul Maholm, Josh Johnson, Roy Halladay, Marco Estrada, Kyle Kendrick, Jarrod Parker. Thanks.
(trippical from cville)
Maholm, JJ (injury guys just scare me & TOR is a mess; upside keeps him 2nd), Kendrick, Parker, Estrada, the chapstick I'm putting on, the desk this computer is on, Halladay (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kendrick and S Perez for C Santana, who wins?
(G Money from Five Guys)
Santana side by a lot if that's Kyle Kendrick; dead even if that's Kendrick Lamar. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank these late game SP options? Garcia, Tillman, Straily, Gee, Burnett, Marcum. Who are some of your favorite final round SP sleepers?
(Briscodarlin from Mayberry)
I like Garcia and Gee best of those options. For deeper sleepers, Jeff Niemann and Kyle Kendrick. REM cycle, Rubby De La Rosa. (Cory Schwartz)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you foresee the Phils making a move with the eminent Werth departure, or do you think they are content with a platoon of Franciso/Brown?
(John Locke from The Island)
Content. It'll be an interesting offseason because most fans think more about runs added on offense than runs suppressed with pitching. Losing Werth will hurt, without question, but you also have to remember that they will have a full season of Oswalt instead of just 10-11 starts, and most likely a healthy Joe Blanton going into spring training, which is certainly better than relying on both Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick entering the year. Brown should be solid with regular playing time, and Francisco handles lefties very well. Their platoon won't replace Werth, but the upgrade of having a full year of Oswalt and a healthy Blanton really cuts into that deficit. Plus, it is hard to imagine the offense will be as unhealthy next year as they were this year, so the Phils are bound to get more runs back on that front as well. It is very easy to come up with reasons why they WON'T be as good next year, but I still hold they will win the division again. (Eric Seidman)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you name the top 3 free agents you feel the Phils are most interested in and the percentage chance that we will see them in red pinstripes come April?
(John Doggit from Washington D.C.)
I really, truly, do not see the Phillies making any big acquisitions. If they had the money to make a big move, they would re-sign Jayson Werth or make a push for Cliff Lee, neither of which I expect to happen. They have a lot of money committed to 16 players and need another nine to field a team. I can see them pushing hard to re-sign Jose Contreras, and given his friendship with Danys Baez and his experience this season, I can see Contreras staying put.

But they are set at every position in the starting lineup and their bench is essentially set as well. It would be interesting to go for a better starter than Kyle Kendrick to round out the rotation, like a Jake Westbrook-type, but they seem content on letting Kendrick and Vance Worley compete for that last spot.

I think this is going to be the first year in what seems like a while where the Phillies don't make any significant moves. (Eric Seidman)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's a Kyle Kendrick and should I be concerned?
(Neil from NJ)
Kendrick is a starting pitcher on the Phillies, until Joe Blanton returns, who experienced success as a rookie in 2007 but who also serves as the posterchild for why stats like SIERA are much more effective at indicating what is likely to occur in the future than ERA. Since 2007, he was prank-traded to Japan, struggled in the minors, became Roy Halladay's mentee (even growing a beard in spring training), and supposedly added a slider, changeup and cutter to his repertoire of a sinker and, well, nothing else. In his first two starts this year he looked about as effective as if Will Carroll was sent to the mound to throw eephus pitches, but he tossed an absolute gem against the Braves last night. Realistically, unless Happ or Moyer gets hurt, or Blanton suffers a setback, Kendrick is not going to stay in the rotation even if he builds on last night's outing, but even for a sinkerballer (a group that can get away without whiffing many hitters) he doesn't strike many out so the odds aren't in his favor. (Eric Seidman)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it remotely possible that Jason Marquis can continue to pitch this badly if he is not injured? I know he is no superstar, but he used to at least be above average. The Nationals are at .500 in spite of him, but need him to improve to have a prayer of staying around that level until Strasburg, Wang and Storen join the team.
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
Marquis's career ERA is 4.57 and that's exactly how I think of him. He is an average-ish pitcher who survives due to the ability to induce groundballs. He doesn't have pinpoint control and isn't going to rack up strikeout numbers, but he is not a starter who will surrender 7-8 runs per game. We're still very early in the season, and as Kyle Kendrick showed last night, we are still in that area where a pitcher's ERA can drop by 10-11 runs with one good outing. If Marquis has an ERA above 7.50 in June, MAYBE something is going on, but let's let the guy make 5-6 starts before even asking questions like this. For all we know, two starts from now he could be down to 5.64 or lower. (Eric Seidman)
2008-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Marc, I would donate my organs for the Phils to win the World Series. Can you give me any hope so I don't have to do this?
(Jeff Nelson from Philly)
Uh, well, Kyle Kendrick isn't in your playoff rotation! You guys can hit at home! It's only seven games, so anything can happen, right? I guess until you come up against the Rays or Red Sox. If the Sox win and are healthy by then, I don't think it's going to look good for Philly, but we'll see. The beautiful/horrible thing about the playoffs is just how open the competition is. If we threw the Royals in here right now, I bet they would have a better shot at being World Series winners than we give them initial credit for. It's the getting here that's difficult. (Marc Normandin)


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