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Ian Kennedy | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (21) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Ian Kennedy was dominant in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Cubs, surrendering just three hits over six innings of shutout baseball.
The veteran right-hander punched out seven on the night and didn't walk a batter. Kennedy has been extremely impressive in Cactus League play, as he's yet to allow a run through 11 1/3 innings in his three starts. His strikeout potential makes him an intriguing target in the later rounds of mixed league drafts. Mar 20 - 12:43 AM

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Ian Kennedy delivered 3 1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start versus the Angels.

Kennedy struck out five and walked none in the outing against an Angels batting order made up mostly of backups. The right-hander owns a 0.00 ERA through 5 1/3 innings (two starts) this spring, though he did struggle in a two-inning exhibition appearance against Team Venezuela last Wednesday.
Mar 14 - 5:52 PM

Ian Kennedy spanned two lackluster innings Wednesday in the Royals’ loss to Venezuela, allowing three hits, two runs (one earned) and one walk.

He also added one strikeout. Kennedy just didn’t have it today. Going against a stacked lineup featuring Jose Altuve, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez and Victor Martinez among others, Kennedy was beat up for four hits in the opening frame. Kennedy’s messy first inning was exacerbated by a Mike Moustakas throwing error. The right-hander settled down after that, allowing just one base runner in the second before hitting the shower. Coming off a moderately successful 2016 (11-11, 3.68 ERA), Kennedy is someone to consider in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 8 - 7:16 PM

Ian Kennedy spun two scoreless innings in his spring debut Friday against the split-squad Dodgers.

Kennedy held the Dodgers hitless while walking one and striking out none. The Royals were roundly mocked after signing Ian Kennedy to a five-year, $70 million deal last offseason, but he turned in a fine 3.68 ERA across 33 starts in 2016. He gave up a career-high 33 homers in the process, but the Royals would surely sign up for a repeat performance. Of course, that could potentially set Kennedy up for an interesting decision on whether to use his opt-out.
Mar 3 - 6:28 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed three earned runs over 7 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Indians.

Kennedy pitched well overall, yielding only four total hits while working into the eighth inning, but one of those hits was a two-run homer by Yan Gomes in the top of the third. Francisco Lindor plated the Indians' go-ahead run with an RBI sac fly in the eighth. Kennedy will finish the 2016 season with a strong 11-11 record, 3.68 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 184/66 K/BB ratio in 195 2/3 frames.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 05:55:00 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed three runs over five innings Tuesday against the Twins.

Kennedy gave up five hits, including his 32nd home run allowed this year, and also walked three in the outing. The Royals won in 11 innings, so neither Kennedy nor Twins starter Jose Berrios figured in the decision. It hasn't always been pretty for the 31-year-old, but Kennedy has posted a respectable 3.69 ERA while going 11-10 in 32 starts this year, and he's 10th in the American League in strikeouts with 181. His last start will come in the Royals' season finale Sunday against the Indians.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 11:15:00 PM

Ian Kennedy gave up 10 hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings to absorb a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

He had given up only one run through four innings before allowing a pair of RBI doubles in the fifth frame. He struck out four and walked two in the ballgame. The veteran journeyman has been quite solid this season. He is 11-10 with a 3.64 ERA through 31 starts. He has 176 punchouts and 61 walks in 183 innings.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 12:18:00 AM

Ian Kennedy yielded two runs in six innings Friday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

Kennedy exited the game in position for the victory, but Kelvin Herrera coughed up the lead in the eighth inning. He gave up five hits in all while walking three and striking out six. The Royals were roundly criticized after signing Kennedy to a five-year, $70 million contract over the winter, but he has posted a respectable 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 172/59 K/BB ratio over 177 1/3 innings. He gets the Indians next on the road.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 11:49:00 PM

Ian Kennedy was charged with four runs over 5 1/3 frames but still picked up a win in Monday's 11-5 victory over the Twins.

Kennedy walked a pair and gave up nine hits, including a pair of home runs to Brian Dozier. He did strike out six over his 5 1/3 innings and now has 160 punchouts over 165 1/3 frames this season. The Royals' signing of Kennedy over the winter was roundly criticized, but he's been quite good with a 3.76 ERA and 1.21 WHIP to go along with the nice strikeout rate. He'll get the White Sox in Chicago this weekend.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 06:00:00 PM

Ian Kennedy yielded two runs in 5 1/3 innings in Friday's 6-3 win over the Red Sox.

While it wasn't quite as good on paper as his previous five starts, Kennedy still managed to limit the damage against the powerful Boston lineup. He gave up nine hits in all while walking a pair and striking out eight. With three straight wins under his belt, he's now 9-9 on the year to go along with a 3.57 ERA. He'll try to keep the streak going next week against the Yankees at home.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 10:50:00 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed four hits, all singles, while striking out six over eight shutout innings Saturday against the Twins.

Kennedy kept the Twins off balance all game in turning in his longest start of the year to date. It was the latest in a string of impressive turns for the 31-year-old, who has allowed one run or fewer in each of his last five starts. With Saturday's win, Kennedy improved to 8-9 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through 25 starts. He'll try to keep the mojo working Friday against the Red Sox.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 10:59:00 PM

Ian Kennedy held the Tigers to just one run over 6 2/3 innings in Monday's 3-1 victory.

He gave up a few loud outs, but just one of the balls hit hard left the yard, and it was only a solo shot by J.D. Martinez. Kennedy struck out five on the night, surrendering five hits while walking one. The veteran right-hander has permitted just three runs over his last four outings to lower his ERA to 3.78. He'll try to keep it going against the Twins on Saturday.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 10:53:00 PM

Ian Kennedy surrendered one run in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

Kennedy has been exactly the pitcher the Royals should have been expecting after getting his five-year, $75 million contract, but one imagines the team would love to trade him this month, should the opportunity present itself. He's pitching well of late, allowing a total of two runs over 19 1/3 innings in his last three starts.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 01:14:00 AM

Ian Kennedy struck out nine in six scoreless innings Thursday against the Rays.

Kennedy deserved a win for this one, but Joakim Soria gave up a two-run lead in the eighth. Kennedy has been pretty much the pitcher the Royals should have expected when they signed him to a five-year, $75 million deal last winter. He has a 4.03 ERA while averaging right at six innings an outing in his 22 starts.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 03:22:00 PM

Ian Kennedy gave up only one run and struck out six batters in seven strong innings on Saturday, but had to settle for a no-decision against the Rangers.

He allowed six hits and no walks in the stellar outing. Kennedy has struck out 123 batters in 121 1/3 innings this season, which is excellent. But he has already allowed 26 home runs, which is why his record is 6-9 with a 4.23 ERA.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 11:50:00 PM

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