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Birth Date12-19-1984
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
Age33 years, 6 months, 2 days
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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 oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2007 NYA MLB 3 3 19.0 1 0 0 13 9 15 1 .263 99 6.2 4.3 0.5 7.1 26% .231 .201 1.16 3.83 1.89 103 4.85 100.4 0.2
2008 NYA MLB 10 9 39.7 0 4 0 50 26 27 5 .261 105 11.3 5.9 1.1 6.1 43% .333 .317 1.92 5.47 8.17 121 7.11 151.7 -0.7
2009 NYA MLB 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 .269 103 0.0 18.0 0.0 9.0 0% .000 .295 2.00 10.13 0.00 70 2.54 54.4 0.0
2010 ARI MLB 32 32 194.0 9 10 0 163 70 168 26 .267 97 7.6 3.2 1.2 7.8 39% .256 .254 1.20 4.34 3.80 106 4.28 96.5 2.3
2011 ARI MLB 33 33 222.0 21 4 0 186 55 198 19 .257 99 7.5 2.2 0.8 8.0 40% .270 .235 1.09 3.18 2.88 83 2.72 63.3 6.2
2012 ARI MLB 33 33 208.3 15 12 0 216 55 187 28 .258 102 9.3 2.4 1.2 8.1 40% .306 .274 1.30 4.07 4.02 100 4.32 99.0 2.1
2013 ARI 0 21 21 124.0 3 8 0 128 48 108 18 .256 103 9.3 3.5 1.3 7.8 38% .301 .288 1.42 4.57 5.23 113 4.99 119.6 -0.1
2013 SDN 0 10 10 57.3 4 2 0 52 25 55 9 .258 96 8.2 3.9 1.4 8.6 44% .279 .274 1.34 4.55 4.24 105 4.20 100.5 0.5
2014 SDN MLB 33 33 201.0 13 13 0 189 70 207 16 .260 92 8.5 3.1 0.7 9.3 42% .315 .269 1.29 3.18 3.63 85 2.73 67.0 5.2
2015 SDN MLB 30 30 168.3 9 15 0 166 52 174 31 .263 97 8.9 2.8 1.7 9.3 41% .301 .293 1.30 4.53 4.28 104 4.68 109.3 0.8
2016 KCA MLB 33 33 195.7 11 11 0 173 66 184 33 .257 105 8.0 3.0 1.5 8.5 34% .268 .252 1.22 4.62 3.68 107 4.69 103.7 1.5
2017 KCA MLB 30 30 154.0 5 13 0 143 61 131 34 .262 104 8.4 3.6 2.0 7.7 36% .257 .274 1.32 5.59 5.38 119 5.89 125.4 -0.5
2018 KCA MLB 15 15 79.7 1 7 0 90 31 75 14 .262 103 10.2 3.5 1.6 8.5 32% .322 .292 1.52 4.70 5.31 111 5.39 123.1 -0.2
2013 TOT MLB 31 31 181.3 7 10 0 180 73 163 27 .257 101 8.9 3.6 1.3 8.1 40% .295 .284 1.40 4.56 4.91 110 4.74 113.5 0.5
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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 G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2006 STA A- 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 .248 35 9.0 9.0 0.0 9.0 29% .312 .250 2.00 4.30 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 NYA MLB 3 3 19.0 1 0 0 13 9 15 1 .263 99 6.2 4.3 0.5 7.1 26% .231 .201 1.16 3.83 1.89 103 4.85 100.4
2007 TAM A+ 11 10 63.0 6 1 0 39 22 72 2 .252 100 5.6 3.1 0.3 10.3 36% .262 .186 0.97 2.52 1.29 78 1.92 82.4
2007 TRN AA 9 9 48.7 5 1 0 27 17 57 2 .260 96 5.0 3.1 0.4 10.5 42% .231 .175 0.90 2.62 2.59 76 1.79 87.4
2007 SWB AAA 6 6 34.7 1 1 0 25 11 34 2 .266 97 6.5 2.9 0.5 8.8 44% .264 .188 1.04 3.17 2.07 86 2.72 86.9
2008 NYA MLB 10 9 39.7 0 4 0 50 26 27 5 .261 105 11.3 5.9 1.1 6.1 43% .333 .317 1.92 5.47 8.17 121 7.11 151.7
2008 TAM A+ 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 .264 89 3.6 1.8 0.0 7.2 38% .154 .115 0.60 2.20 0.00 93 3.10 69.8
2008 SWB AAA 13 12 69.0 5 3 0 52 17 72 4 .267 86 6.8 2.2 0.5 9.4 39% .294 .217 1.00 2.94 2.35 85 2.62 57.5
2008 YAN Rk 1 0 3.0 1 0 0 3 0 7 0 .200 109 9.0 0.0 0.0 21.0 40% .600 .170 1.00 -0.13 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2009 NYA MLB 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 .269 103 0.0 18.0 0.0 9.0 0% .000 .295 2.00 10.13 0.00 70 2.54 54.4
2009 SWB AAA 4 4 22.7 1 0 0 18 7 25 0 .240 105 7.1 2.8 0.0 9.9 40% .290 .175 1.10 1.87 1.59 72 1.16 26.2
2009 gcr Wnt 7 7 29.7 2 1 0 30 5 28 1 .000 9.1 1.5 0.3 8.5 0% .309 .000 1.18 3.30 4.24 0 0.00 0.0
2010 ARI MLB 32 32 194.0 9 10 0 163 70 168 26 .267 97 7.6 3.2 1.2 7.8 39% .256 .254 1.20 4.34 3.80 106 4.28 96.5
2011 ARI MLB 33 33 222.0 21 4 0 186 55 198 19 .257 99 7.5 2.2 0.8 8.0 40% .270 .235 1.09 3.18 2.88 83 2.72 63.3
2012 ARI MLB 33 33 208.3 15 12 0 216 55 187 28 .258 102 9.3 2.4 1.2 8.1 40% .306 .274 1.30 4.07 4.02 100 4.32 99.0
2013 ARI MLB 21 21 124.0 3 8 0 128 48 108 18 .256 103 9.3 3.5 1.3 7.8 38% .301 .288 1.42 4.57 5.23 113 4.99 119.6
2013 SDN MLB 10 10 57.3 4 2 0 52 25 55 9 .258 96 8.2 3.9 1.4 8.6 44% .279 .274 1.34 4.55 4.24 105 4.20 100.5
2014 SDN MLB 33 33 201.0 13 13 0 189 70 207 16 .260 92 8.5 3.1 0.7 9.3 42% .315 .269 1.29 3.18 3.63 85 2.73 67.0
2015 SDN MLB 30 30 168.3 9 15 0 166 52 174 31 .263 97 8.9 2.8 1.7 9.3 41% .301 .293 1.30 4.53 4.28 104 4.68 109.3
2016 KCA MLB 33 33 195.7 11 11 0 173 66 184 33 .257 105 8.0 3.0 1.5 8.5 34% .268 .252 1.22 4.62 3.68 107 4.69 103.7
2017 KCA MLB 30 30 154.0 5 13 0 143 61 131 34 .262 104 8.4 3.6 2.0 7.7 36% .257 .274 1.32 5.59 5.38 119 5.89 125.4
2018 KCA MLB 15 15 79.7 1 7 0 90 31 75 14 .262 103 10.2 3.5 1.6 8.5 32% .322 .292 1.52 4.70 5.31 111 5.39 123.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 764 0.4712 0.3992 0.8623 0.6306 0.1931 0.9075 0.7308 0.1377
2009 28 0.4286 0.3571 0.7000 0.5833 0.1875 0.7143 0.6667 0.3000
2010 3155 0.4948 0.4292 0.7792 0.5855 0.2760 0.8676 0.5955 0.2208
2011 3422 0.5397 0.4775 0.7987 0.6513 0.2737 0.8495 0.6566 0.2013
2012 3366 0.5149 0.4819 0.7700 0.6469 0.3068 0.8198 0.6587 0.2300
2013 3087 0.4853 0.4613 0.7704 0.6515 0.2819 0.8350 0.6295 0.2296
2014 3366 0.5077 0.4531 0.7462 0.6226 0.2782 0.8055 0.6095 0.2538
2015 2876 0.4812 0.4631 0.7455 0.6344 0.3043 0.8303 0.5815 0.2545
2016 3371 0.5179 0.4675 0.7627 0.6409 0.2812 0.8105 0.6455 0.2373
2017 2642 0.5344 0.4508 0.7750 0.6346 0.2398 0.8281 0.6136 0.2250
2018 1424 0.5077 0.4733 0.8071 0.6722 0.2682 0.8519 0.6915 0.1929
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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
2014-07-24 2014-08-02 DTD 9 8 - Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2013-05-22 2013-06-01 DTD 10 8 Right Fingers Laceration Index Finger From Doing Dishes - -
2013-03-17 2013-03-21 Camp 4 0 Left Knee Contusion Batted Ball - -
2011-04-20 2011-04-20 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Contusion Batted Ball -
2009-04-28 2009-09-12 Minors 137 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Axillary Aneurism and Clot 2009-05-12
2008-05-28 2008-06-30 15-DL 33 30 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2008-04-14 2008-04-14 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Contusion Batted Ball -
2007-09-14 2007-10-09 DTD 25 16 Low Back Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 KCA $16,500,000
2019 KCA $16,500,000
2018 KCA $16,000,000
2017 KCA $13,500,000
2016 KCA $7,500,000
2015 SDN $9,850,000
2014 SDN $6,100,000
2013 ARI $4,265,000
2012 ARI $519,500
2011 ARI $423,000
2010 ARI $403,000
2009 NYA $408,925
2008 NYA $394,275
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$43,363,700
2018Current$16,000,000
11 yrPvs + Cur$59,363,700
2 yrFuture$33,000,000
13 yrTotal$92,363,700

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 124 dBoras Corp.5 years/$70M (2016-20)

Details
  • 5 years/$70M (2016-20). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/16. 16:$7.5M, 17:$13.5M, 18:$16M, 19:$16.5M, 20:$16.5M. Kennedy may opt out of contract after 2017 season (receives $6M buyout if he elects to opt out).
  • 1 year/$9.85M (2015). Re-signed by San Diego 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration). San Diego made qualifying offer to Kennedy 11/6/15.
  • 1 year/$6.1M (2014). Re-signed by San Diego 1/16/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4.265M (2013). Re-signed by Arizona 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by San Diego in trade from Arizona 7/31/13.
  • 1 year/$0.5195M (2012). Renewed by Arizona 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.423M (2011). Renewed by Arizona 3/10/11.
  • 1 year/$0.403M (2010). Renewed by Arizona 3/11/10.
  • 1 year/$408,925 (2009). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/3/09 (split contract, $123,435 in minors). Acquired by Arizona in 3-way trade from NY Yankees 12/9/09.
  • 1 year/$394,275 (2008). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/4/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by NY Yankees 9/1/07.
  • Drafted by NY Yankees 2006 (1-21) (USC). $2.25M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .237 .309 .437 .268
11 vs R (Multi) .253 .318 .425 .264
18 Split (Multi) -.015 -.009 .012 .004
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .224 .303 .406 .249
31 vs R (2016) .249 .315 .421 .254
38 Split (2016) -.024 -.012 -.015 -.006
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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DateQuestionAnswer
2018-04-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)I'm looking to pick up a set-up guy and need to drop a starting pitcher. I've narrowed it to Danny Duffy and Ian Kennedy, both who were picked up off the wire. Suggestions if you please and thank you. Also, Tanner Roark and Aaron Sanchez could be dropped as well.
(Joe Sixpack from Hastings)
I guess you have to wait and see on Kennedy now? He'd normally be my pick, and he still might be actually. I am a low dude on Tanner Roark, so he'd be my other option. Too much upside in Duffy and Sanchez despite rough starts. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-01-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would the Mets have to give up for both Ian Kennedy and Whit Merrifield? Obviously this won’t happen as the Mets don’t even operate like a middle market team, but wouldn’t it make too much sense? Take on a below average, but over paid innings eater (on a team where innings are very valuable) for a second baseman with a lot of surplus value.
(Dan from NU)
I mean Kennedy was awful last year. The general idea isn't bad, but if Kennedy was just below-average, the contract wouldn't be onerous enough to be worth moving. And of course as we all know the Mets have plenty of starting pitching, just ask them. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these pitchers for the ROS.. Matt Moore, Ian Kennedy, Colin McHugh, and Drew Smyly
(GoTribe06 from Lynchburg)
Oh man, do I have to.

Fine.

Moore (I assume Righetti waives his wand or whatever), Smyly, McHugh, Kennedy (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Could you see either Cashner or Ross being dealt? Ian Kennedy is likely gone I imagine. Does Casey Kelly finally get a shot?
(Eric from LA)
It's possible, though with both under control beyond this year it isn't imperative. Kelly gets a shot assuming health and if one of those guys is dealt. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)My pitching staff is Kluber, Wood, deGrom, Pineda, Ian Kennedy, Cashner, McHugh, Paxton and Hahn. Tons of injury risky involved. Should I be worried?
(Brian from Tampa)
Somewhat, but it seems like you have enough depth that you can ride it out...and Corey Kluber seems like an anchor guy. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-12 15:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Ian Kennedy? Can he be a top 30 pitcher or have we seen who he is? It seems he is solid, durable, effective and could still maybe take one more small step forward.
(Jim from Florida)
The first three things you said listed -- solid, durable, effective -- are good precursors to a small step forward. Not every top-30 pitcher has that, so he might sneak in there through attrition of others. (Andrew Koo)
2015-01-08 12:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, what side would you rather have? Ian Kennedy or Max Fried & Jameson Taillon?
(Jordan Miller from Michigan)
I like Kennedy a lot, but there's the question of whether or not he gets traded to a less friendly home park.

Taillon and Fried represent a lot of upside but a lot of risk too. I'd probably keep Kennedy who has always been a favorite of mine. (Jeff Long)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)20 Team Dynasty - Ian Kennedy for Avisail Garcia. Who wins?
(The Pope Of Chili Town from Chili Town)
Kennedy ROS, Avisail Garcia forever more. Garcia really needed some ABs this year but I still believe. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are few guys you'd be buying/selling right now?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I guess I don't necessarily keep a list like this lying around, but off the top of my head...

I'm selling: Jesse Chavez, Chase Whitley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Gordon Beckham

I'm buying: Kole Calhoun, Ian Kennedy, Joey Votto, Michael Brantley, Will Smith (J.P. Breen)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)12 team H2H 7 by 7 (QS and IP added), which side wins? Alex Wood or Garza and Ian Kennedy.
(Tim from Boston, MA)
I like the duo. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution speculates that Wood is going to have his innings limited this year. (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike. Thoughts on moving my Alex Wood (worried about innings cap, potential pen move later in season) for Garza and Ian Kennedy? Super deep 12 team 7 by 7 (with IP and QS as added pitching cats).
(Tim from Boston, MA)
I thought I answered this one (Garza/Kennedy) (Mike Gianella)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty: my Ian Kennedy + Javier Baez for his Jordan Zimmermann + Dylan Bundy. He has pitching excess, I need SP, he could use a 3B next season with Miggy moving to 1B. Fair?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I'd do that so hard. I prefer hitting prospects to pitching ones, but this is just too good to pass (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any pitchers that come to mind who may not have great stuff but have excellent mechanics? Any you think could be in for a breakout season?
(nubber from tx)
Phil Hughes, James Shields, and Ian Kennedy come to mind. They all have legit stuff, but mechanics allow their stuff to play up a notch. I might focus on mechanics in my analysis, but at the end of the day raw stuff triumphs over mechanics. Mechanics determine how well that stuff plays. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Ian Kennedy have a chance to resurrect his career and become a viable SP again in San Diego? Thanks
(Tony from The Tundra)
Absolutely. is baseline mechanics are awesome, and though his stuff may not be elite, he has proven successful when his delivery is honed timing-wise.

Bonus points for his new location, not just for the friendly home park, but now he is a 15-minute drive from his old pitching coach, Mr. Tom House. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can J.Johnson give us anything to get excited about in his return? Last years' numbers were so, so brutal
(Aaron from SD)
More for the previous question: I like Ian Kennedy for deep guys. Phil Hughes if it's deep enough. Maybe Josh Johnson, but mostly because at that point it's so easy to let him free. I don't actually expect anything from Johnson. Like Ben wrote last year, at a certain point the Good-Or-Injured guys tend to lose the Good. (Sam Miller)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Ian Kennedy bouncing back this year ?
(Bruno from Flagstaff)
Pitching in Petco should help. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)16 team dynasty league. My current OF (3) is a combo of Leonys Martin, Wil Myers, BJ Upton, Nick Swisher, Mike Morse. Ive got an offer of George Springer for my Michael Wacha. Im up in the air on it as I think my rotation (Verlander, Teheran, Ian Kennedy, Chris Tillman, Jose Quintana and Ubaldo) can handle the loss but Im wondering how you see a deal like that shaking out long term? Springers hit tool worries me long term as I could see him being a .240 hitter which impacts his counting stats production as well. What do you see he and Wacha turning into?
(dzemens from Adrian, MI)
I think I would make that deal in a dynasty. Springer's average might never be great, but his power/speed combo in fantasy is enticing and a Raul Mondesi type wouldn't surprise me. I like Wacha a lot, but I see him as more of a 2/3 type than an ace. Springer might not be a top real life hitter but he could be in fantasy because of the speed. I'd make the deal. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can see Ian Kennedy getting his HR/9 until 1.10 for the year?
(allangustafson from San Diego )
He's got the right ballpark for it. Hell, he went 0.8 one year in AZ, so yeah he definitely can. I'm relatively high on him this year particularly bc of the park fit. (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can see Ian Kennedy getting his HR/9 until 1.10 for the year?
(allangustafson from San Diego )
He's got the right ballpark for it. Hell, he went 0.8 one year in AZ, so yeah he definitely can. I'm relatively high on him this year particularly bc of the park fit. (Paul Sporer)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any good under the radar/ bounceback SPs to target in keeper leagues?
(Brandon from Missouri )
R.A. Dickey had a stronger second half and seemed to adjust to the American League Post All Star. He won't do what he did with the Mets, but is a decent option next year. Ian Kennedy struggled all year, but a full year at Petco will definitely help. Ryan Dempster was terrible for the Red Sox, but a change of scenery could help. His high whiff rate makes him valuable in fantasy even if the other stats don't coalesce. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Anything specific as to why Ian Kennedy has been so inconsistent this year? Think he's done as a top of the rotation arm?
(Shawn from Office)
I don't know why he's been so yukky this year. I would think he's got more left in the tank but not like his best year (that was a flash in the pan type of thing, I don't think his true talent level was ever top of the rotation, but things happen) (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-07-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Despite looking good his start (albeit against the Mets), Ian Kennedy has been wildly inconsistent this year. Is that who he is at this point, or should I continue to hope he can be better?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
He can be better. He has excellent mechanical baselines, but like Cain, he is a right-hander without elite velocity who relies on pinpoint command to be successful. Kennedy's timing has been off at times this season, a pattern that he has shown in the past - his game-to-game fluctuations can be pretty stark, though he is great on those days where he is lining up the delivery. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ian Kennedy anyhitng more than just an 4-5 average starter in a 10 tm dynasty?
(The Dude from Office)
Nope, not right. Needs to regain his command in the zone. Too many HRs. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you rank the following sp.Ian Kennedy,Josh Johnson,M.Garza,Z.MacCalister. Going forward .W,K,Whip,K/9,Era.Thank you
(Chesty from New Bern,NC)
Kennedy (not special, but just solid & healthy hence edge over JJ), JJ, McAllister, and Garza. Garza is just too much of unknown. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)10-team mixed points league. (IP, W, BB, K, QS). Starting to panic about Ian Kennedy. Have the option to pick-up Corbin, Helix, Minor, D. Holland, Cobb, Miller, Haren. Should I make a move or hold tight on Kennedy? If so, how do you rank these? Thanks!
(Dave from Canada)
I like Kennedy, but 2011 is the outlier. I think 2012 is what you should be looking for and he'll back to that level. Overall if you wanna go elsehwere and stream with that spot, it makes sense as his 2012 isn't a HUGE asset in 10-team. Better real life pitcher than he is 10-team mixer pitcher. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Kennedy was the opening day starter for the Diamondbacks but at one time he was a prospect for the Yankees behind Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. Both those guys haven't stayed healthy but do you think the Yankees are at fault for picking the wrong guys? Thanks for the chat.
(Ray from DC)
It's easy to assign fault or blame with revisionists views. Sure, they could have handled the situation better, but that's easy for me to say as I sit in my apartment and type out my answers. Player development and personnel decisions are complicated and I don't have access to all the information the team was working with at the time of the decisions. Personally, I thought Hughes/Joba were jerked around a bit. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)I offered Starlin Castro, Ian Kennedy, Glen Perkins and Gary Brown for Adam Jones, Billy Hamilton, and Michael Pineda in 20-team dynasty. The leagues uses LF/CF/RF over OF, and has deep pitching requirements. The manager I proposed this to has McCutchen in CF, Jones is his DH. He has nobody at SS currently (my backup is Segura). He proposes back Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro, and Ian Kennedy for Adam Jones, Neil Walker, Jason Vargas, and Michael Pineda. I'm not off my game when I say this guy is one suit short of a full deck, am I?
(Louis from Glendale)
I'd trade one of my kids before I traded away Billy Hamilton in a league. For him to take Hamilton out of the deal and ask you to throw in Cano is rather entertaining. Who does he think you are, Jeff Loria? (Jason Collette)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I really need a SS and could use upgrades at SP. I own Andrew McCutchen in a league that uses LF/CF/RF. I have been offered Starlin Castro, Ian Kennedy, and Glen Perkins (closer for Min.) for Adam Jones, Billy Hamilton, and Michael Pineda. Should I take this deal?
(Donald from Chicago)
It sounds like you're going for 2013 and this deal really aids your 2013 run so I'm on board with it. Tough to give up that potential of Hamilton, but Castro is a blossoming stud in his own right and I've always like Kennedy. (Paul Sporer)
2012-08-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Ian Kennedy and Tyler Skaggs for David Price in a keeper league, or is that too steep?
(Sara from Tacoma)
What are the rules of the keeper league? It's all about context. (Derek Carty)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Looking to next year, who would you rather keep....Ian Kennedy, Matt Moore, or Tommy Hanson?
(Matt from NY)
Matt Moore...see Price 2009 vs Price 2010 (Jason Collette)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Kennedy 2nd half - yay or nay?
(greg from yesm)
yay, but not YAY. He is what he is and doesn't have a lot of upside or downside. (Jason Collette)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Are better things in store for Ian Kennedy? Or only start him on the road?
(dave from boston)
more of the same from the 1st half - that's what he is (Jason Collette)
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is it foolish to think the Dbacks are going to be good again. I know Justin Upton had an MVP caliber season. I also read KG's write up about the pitching prospects. Isn't the team just help up by duct tape?
(Tim from Reno)
I don't think it's foolish at all. They're my pick to win the division. I like the management team they have in place, and Upton is a stud. Even if guys like Ian Kennedy and Miguel Montero regress a little, Arizona has a solid foundation. And as you say, the farm system looks pretty good. If the D'backs are held together by duct tape, I'd like to know what brand they're using because it's pretty effective. (Geoff Young)
2011-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Based on pure stuff/dominance/command (whatever strikes you), which pitchers are you most looking forward to watching this postseason?
(Lucas Apostoleris from Amherst, MA)
Kenley Jansen is the guy that has piqued my interest most recently, but I'll have all offseason to look at him, I suppose.

Of the pitchers who look playoff-bound, Craig Kimbrel is just amazing. I'm curious about Verlander's BABIP this year. Doug Fister is an interesting story. I've wanted to look at Alexi Ogando's switch to the rotation. Koji Uehara fascinates me, with his splitter and high flyball/popup rate. Josh Collmenter and Ian Kennedy are interesting.

Of course there's no way I'll end up analyzing all or even most of those guys, but those are a few names who grab my attention. (Mike Fast)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wanted to get your thoughts on a couple of more pitchers if you have time. How do you like Kris Medlen and Ian Kennedy going forward? Do you think they will develop into starting pitchers who can keep their runs allowed per 9 IP to around 4? Thanks again!
(DS from LA)
I would like Kennedy more if the homers weren't a problem--that's going to make it tough to keep his ERA where you want it long-term. Medlen's numbers wouldn't be as impressive if his walk rate wasn't Cliff Leesian in its appearance, so I'm not sure either of these guys are going to do it for you. (Marc Normandin)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Surprised there isn't more discussion on the three way deal yesterday! Did the D'backs get a big bag of not much for Scherzer? To me, he's younger, better, cheaper, and less worn down than Edwin Jackson. Fewer innings, more Ks, and still two years from arbitration. Is Ian Kennedy that valuable? What am I missing?
(RZFanClub from DC)
Column on the trade is up, and I've mostly been taking other Qs. The Yankees made a good deal, not giving up much for a player who helps them. The Tigers made a pretty good trade, getting Scherzer, and it's not clear that they could have won with Granderson in the next season or two. The only rationale for the D'backs end of it is that they are convinced Scherzer won't stay healthy. Burning Scherzer to get an Ian Kennedy, which is effectively what the deal is, makes no sense. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Ian Kennedy? Can he return to the highly-touted prospect he once was?
(achaik from Maine)
I don't know who highly touted him, but it wasn't me. I always see him as a potential 4 or 5, and he could get back to that level, sure. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you in the camp of "Make Joba a reliever" or "Keep him as a starter"? It seems that right now, he's just not making it through five innings with out a lot of unnecessary difficulty.
(Tim from Tampa, FL)
Then again, he's leading Yankees starters in ERA. There is some difficulty right now, but until he shows he can't worth through it, he's a starter. Besides, with Hughes in the majors, Wang wounded, and Ian Kennedy having an aneurysm cut out of his armpit, who should take over for Joba? Red Ruffing?

Sometimes, just to tease me, when I say to my wife, "Matt Scherzer had a good start tonight" or Rick Porcello, or Chad Billingsley, she'll say, "But he'd be more valuable in the bullpen." I have a great wife. Only people who truly love you care enough to give you that kind of grief. (Steven Goldman)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)The much loathed Ian Kennedy is obliterating AAA. Should NY call him up and maybe give a couple of other starters a "time out" to collect their wits?
(Objectively AWESOME from Texas)
The Yankees have a roster construction issue in that it would be hard to move any of their starters out of the rotation without creating a problem, and yet, they have three MLB-caliber starters dying to get to the majors in Kennedy, Hughes and...wait for it...Aceves. They also need a long reliever, and have instead called up Claggett--who, I'll confess, I'd never heard of before Saturday--and Jackson for that role. That's without getting into the live arms they have for the bullpen.

You shouldn't be screwing with your rotation two weeks in, anyway. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the news that Posada might not be as healthy as hoped, the Yankees' need for a viable back-up catcher has become more urgent. What are their options, considering that they are reportedly willing to part with Nady?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
Hey Nick! Good question, as there's no doubt that the Yanks need to do a better job of protecting against Posada's absence than they've done in the past. Now that Brad Ausmus is off the market (my hand should be healed by the end of spring training, thanks), the best available option on the free agent market is the one that Joe Girardi spent two months kicking in the head last year -- Pudge Rodriguez. He was enjoying a bit of a rebound before he started rotting on the Yankee bench in favor of Jose Frakkin' Molina.

On the trade market, I'm not sure if anyone's gonna give up much of a catcher for Nady, but I wonder if a youngster with upside like Jeff Clement, Bryan Anderson or even J.R. Towles could be pried loose with a package involving, say, Ian Kennedy. I'm a horrible matchmaker when it comes to prospect-based trades -- it's why Brian Cashman doesn't take my calls. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Yankees decide to sign Pettitte to a 1-year deal during the offseason considering how he has pitched of late, or do they just try to sign Moose to a 1-year? The Yankees have to try to sign one of them to help with stability in the rotation... As for Austin Jackson, he does have a slight back problem (he's in New York for an MRI) and will be playing in the AFL...
(Steph from California)
Hi there, Steph. I'm kind of ambivalent about Pettitte. My sense is that it's time to move on, but I don't want to overreact to what could just be a kind of slump and some bad defensive play behind him. I also feel like the Yankees should not be overly discouraged by Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, et al and should keep some slots open for the young, because they have to get younger. I know they're going to turn their back on them for every Tom, Dick, and Pavano out there, but that's my feeling... If Jackson is healthy, I think he'll put up very good numbers in the AFL. (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin: Thoughts on Ian Kennedy? Lots of folks in NY are ready to write him off (which I think is a little silly) but he really hasn't looked good this year.
(Joe from Washington, DC)
Back when he was awesome in the minors and I said he was a No. 4 starter type, I got TORCHED by Yankees fans. I wonder how'll they'll react now that they're abandoning ship and I'm still saying he'll be a No.4 starter type. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Padres trade: Adrian Gonzalez, Greg Maddux, Heath Bell Yankees send: Austin Jackson, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Melky Cabrera, Cano and a throw-in of Kei Igawa
(dcoonce from bloomington, indiana)
You've been at Nick's early, haven't you? (Will Carroll)
2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rangers-Yanks trade...Salty for Ian Kennedy?
(wilk75 from houston)
Saltalamacchia seems to be third on the list in Texas, so this deal might make sense for both teams, but I think Daniels would want more back. Would Kennedy and Edwar Ramirez be too much? Kennedy's value has plummeted this year. It'd work for the Yankees, who would have an offense/defense combination behind the plate, and a candidate for a job-share with Posada at C/DH for the next couple of seasons. I just don't know if it's enough to get him. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the best internal option to replace Wang in the Yankee rotation (at least until hughes or kennedy is ready)? are Alfredo Aceves or Dan McCutchen in the running if you are Cashman?
(Dan from World Financial Center, NY)
In the short term, Dan Giese is probably going to get the ball. He's a journeyman with good control but little upside; his best-case scenario is probably akin to that of the job Darrell Rasner is doing, keeping them in ballgames and waiting for the cavalry to kick some ass but putting some strain on the bullpen as well.

If Giese wears out his welcome and/or Ian Kennedy is throwing the ball well, he's probably the second option after he finishes rehabbing over the next couple of weeks.

I don't know a lot about McCutchen yet. he put up decent numbers last year between High A and Double-A, but he doesn't miss many bats; he's got 5.9 K/9 at Triple-A as we speak, and his EqSO rate last year was about 4.5. He's going to be in that same class as Rasner as well, a guy who if he hits his spots and maintans control could be moderately useful, but he's nowhere near as experienced as Rasner, so I'd expect the going to be rockier. But yeah, I think he might get a shot, even if it's simply as a Brandon Claussen-like audition for a deadline deal.

Aceves I know nothing about beyond his current numbers. Yeah, he's lit up A and Double-A, but he's also 25, so that's not surprising given that he's facing competition that's a few years younger. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Kevin. I'd be curious to hear your take on Phil Hughes. Obviously the sample size is extremely small, but we've heard everything from a) his velocity is down to b) whispers (per the Michael Kay radio show) that Orioles hitters thought he wasn't anything special to c) more whispers from inside the Yankee clubhouse that he isn't that great. I guess my question is: does this still seem like the same guy who was so terrific in the minors? Can he still wind up as an ace?
(Joe from Washington, DC)
His stuff is definitely off a bit. I'm not OVERLY concerned yet, but it's something to keep an eye on. If I was a Yankee fan, I'd be WAY more concerned with Ian Kennedy's command issues right now. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)PECOTA quibble - shouldn't we expect Ian Kennedy to throw more innings than Hughes this year, considering that he's logged more in the minors, is a bit older, has a clean health record, and is projected for a higher WARP with fewer innings? Thanks!
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
PECOTA doesn't work that way. Take it up with Nate, not me. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, here's a question that appears to be growing more and more relevant: of the following up-and-coming SPs, can you rank them in terms of value they will provide to a fantasy team THIS YEAR assuming they all get spots in the rotation? The SPs are Manny Parra, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Ian Kennedy, Gio Gonzalez and Jonathan Sanchez. This should be relevant to most fantasy players looking to make a great WW pickup early in the season.
(The Grinch from Whoville)
I guess you were one of the millions to go see see Horton hears a Who huh?

Parra is making the Brewers make a tough decision but may not make the club at first. Volquez has a lot to prove. Cueto and Kennedy are arms that the Reds and yanks absolutely love and right now they are my top two of this list. I can't see Gio not being a member of the rotation this year at some point but when is up to a few factors and Sanchez like parra is nice sleeper with high upside. Solid list of names. (Mike Siano)
2008-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)I understand projectability weighs alot in rankings. How do you rank someone who had not played in the minor leagues higher than someine who ha s been succesful at the upper levels. Rick Porcello-11,Jarod Parker-20,Ian Kennedy-34??????
(elee28 from newark,n.j.)
I'm trying to find the Top 100 prospects in the game, not the 100 safest bets. Kennedy is a far better bet to have a big league career because of where he's at, but he has a 0% chance of being an ace, while Porcello and Parker both have that possibility in their future. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is a guy like Ian Kennedy going to have Mike Greenwell type longevity?
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
This is such a weird question. (Kevin Goldstein)


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