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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 held the Rangers to a lone run over seven innings of work in Saturday's no-decision.
Kennedy served up a solo homer to Mike Napoli to lead off the second inning but nothing more, allowing four hits and three walks in total. Unfortunately for the right-hander, he once again was left with nothing to show for it. He's now 0-2 on the year but with a 2.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 22/12 K/BB ratio. The wins will come, and in waves, if he continues to pitch this well. Friday against the Twins seems like a good spot for his first. Apr 23 - 12:09 AM

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Ian Kennedy was dominant over eight shutout innings Sunday in the Royals' 1-0 defeat of the Angels.

He was left with a no-decision because the Royals didn't get on the board until Alcides Escobar's walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kennedy struck out 10 and gave up just two hits over his eight impressive frames, lowering his season ERA from 4.09 to 2.37. A road start against the Rangers is next.
Apr 16 - 5:56 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed two earned runs over six innings Monday in the Royals' loss to the Athletics.

Kennedy walked two and allowed six hits, including a two-run homer to Khris Davis in the top of the fourth inning. It wasn't a bad outing, but A's youngster Jharel Cotton outdueled the veteran right-hander with seven shutout frames to grab the win in Kansas City's home opener. Kennedy will carry an 0-2 record and 4.09 ERA into his third regular-season start at home versus the Angels.
Apr 10 - 7:09 PM

Ian Kennedy scattered three hits and three runs over five innings Wednesday in the Royals’ loss to the Twins.

He recorded five walks and five strikeouts while throwing just 55 of his 95 pitches for strikes. Kennedy labored through a difficult second inning, allowing three runs while giving up two walks and two singles. He finished strong by retiring seven of the last eight batters he faced. It wasn’t the debut Kennedy was hoping for but it obviously could have gone much worse. Kennedy’s next start is scheduled for Monday against the Athletics.
Apr 5 - 4:19 PM

Ian Kennedy surrendered three run on five hits in two innings of action versus the Rangers on Friday.

Those were the first runs Kennedy has allowed all spring. He entered the game having thrown 17 1/3 innings of shutout baseball in Cactus League play. Today's poor outing nudged his ERA up to 1.40 in 19 1/3 innings. This was his last tune-up before the regular season, where he will serve as the Royals number two starter behind Danny Duffy. He pitched to an 11-11 record in 33 starts last year, notching a steady 3.68 ERA with 184 strikeouts in 195 2/3 innings.
Mar 31 - 11:03 PM

Ian Kennedy pitched well in Saturday's Cactus League showdown with the Brewers, fanning seven over six scoreless innings.

A nice, crisp tune-up start for Kennedy, who allowed all of three hits on the afternoon. Countering the seven strikeouts, he walked two. Kennedy has yet to allow a run over his 17 1/3 innings of spring action. The veteran right-hander is set to follow Danny Duffy in the Opening Day rotation.
Mar 25 - 6:53 PM

Ian Kennedy will start the Royals' home opener on April 10 against the Athletics.

That means he'll also start the second game of the regular season against the Twins, following Danny Duffy who got the nod for Opening Day. Kennedy has been outstanding in Cactus League competition, firing 11 1/3 shutout innings with a 12/1 K/BB ratio.
Mar 25 - 12:20 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jorge Soler
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Travis Wood
4Chris Young
5Mike Minor
6Kevin McCarthy
7Peter Moylan
8Scott Alexander
9Matt Strahm
10Brian Flynn