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Ian Kennedy | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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 picked up his third victory of the season on Sunday, punching out six over five-plus innings of one-run ball against the Mariners.
Kennedy scattered four hits on the day while walking two. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Chris Iannetta in the sixth inning. Kennedy has been as advertised thus far for the Royals, registering a 2.61 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 29/11 K/BB ratio across 31 innings. He'll look to continue that dominance when he does battle against the Indians in Cleveland on Saturday. May 1 - 8:25 PM

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Ian Kennedy was tagged for five runs in six innings by the Angels on Monday.

Kennedy had allowed just one homer in three starts this season before Albert Pujols took him deep twice tonight. The four walks and two hit batters didn't help, either. Kennedy's next start will come Sunday in Seattle.
Apr 26 - 1:25 AM

Ian Kennedy allowed a lone run on two hits over seven strong innings in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Astros.

Kennedy tossed five hitless innings before a Carlos Gomez single in the sixth broke up his very early bid for history. Jose Altuve later made sure Kennedy wouldn't even get a shutout for his efforts, ripping a solo shot over the wall for the Astros' only run. Kennedy punched out seven while walking two in the start. He's certainly made the Royals look smart for bringing him in this past offseason, as he is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 14 strikeouts through 13 2/3 innings thus far. Another test will come Wednesday when the Royals take on the Tigers.
Apr 14 - 11:00 PM

Ian Kennedy tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his Royals debut Saturday, helping shut out the Twins 7-0.

Kennedy allowed five hits and a walk, striking out seven in the victory. It was a reassuring outing after hamstring tightness pushed back his debut. Kennedy will look to keep rolling Thursday at the Astros.
Apr 9 - 10:54 PM

Ian Kennedy (hamstring) expects to take his first turn in the Royals' regular-season rotation.

That would be next Tuesday afternoon against the visiting Mets. Kennedy was lifted from his final Cactus League start on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness, but he told reporters afterward that it's nothing serious -- "more of a cramp" than a strain. The right-hander finished Cactus League play with a 6.30 ERA in 20 innings. He is a risky fantasy bet for the 2016 season despite scoring a five-year, $70 million free agent contract from the Royals back in January.
Mar 30 - 5:56 PM

Ian Kennedy was pulled from his final Cactus League start Wednesday due to hamstring tightness.

It's being called a precautionary move, but if Kennedy suffered a hamstring strain his first scheduled turn in the Royals' regular-season rotation could be in jeopardy. The right-hander gave up two earned runs in three innings Wednesday before exiting and will finish Cactus League play with an ugly 6.30 ERA. He signed a five-year, $70 million free agent deal with Kansas City in January.
Mar 30 - 4:07 PM

Ian Kennedy was knocked around for five runs over four innings against the Giants on Friday.

It wasn’t the sharpest outing. Kennedy gave up six hits, including two home runs. He also walked two batters and threw two wild pitches. Many were surprised when the Royals gave Kennedy a five-year, $70 million deal over the winter and his 6.35 ERA this spring isn’t going to quiet the doubters, but the club is confident in a rebound.
Mar 25 - 7:31 PM

Ian Kennedy yielded three earned runs in four innings as the Royals fell to the Cubs on Sunday.

Kennedy struck out six, but he walked two and surrendered three singles and a Dexter Fowler triple. The right-hander is now sitting on a 4.85 ERA after four spring training appearances with the team that gave him a five-year, $70 million free agent deal this offseason. He had a 4.28 ERA in 30 starts last year for the Padres.
Mar 20 - 7:01 PM

Ian Kennedy surrendered seven hits and two earned runs over four innings Tuesday in the Royals' Cactus League loss to the Reds.

Kennedy only walked one batter and struck out two, but the Reds were able to rattle off six singles and one double against him. The right-hander registered an underwhelming 4.28 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 168 1/3 innings last season for the Padres but was still able to secure a big five-year, $70 million free agent contract this winter from the defending World Series champs.
Mar 15 - 6:45 PM

Ian Kennedy tossed three innings of one-run ball against the White Sox on Thursday.

The lone run scored on a solo homer from Matt Davidson in the second inning. Kennedy allowed a career-high 31 home runs last season despite pitching just 168 1/3 innings. It’s probably impossible for him to give up home runs as often in 2016, but he’s a fly ball pitcher, so it’s always going to be a part of his game.
Mar 10 - 6:20 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed one run over two innings in his Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Kennedy, facing the White Sox, gave up four hits while striking out three. The Royals signed Kennedy to a five-year, $70 million contract in January after posting a 4.28 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 168 1/3 innings last season.
Mar 5 - 7:52 PM

Royals signed RHP Ian Kennedy to a five-year, $70 million contract.

The deal was reported two weeks ago and is finally official after the right-hander passed his physical. The Royals backloaded the contract, as Kennedy reportedly will make "only" $7.5 million in 2016 and then $13.5 million in 2017, $16 million in 2018, and $16.5 million in 2019 and 2020. The contract also contains an opt-out after the 2017 campaign which will net Kennedy a $6 million buyout if exercised. It's a bigger deal than most anticipated the right-hander would land, but Kennedy should be a solid addition to the middle of the Royals' rotation.
Jan 29 - 12:08 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Ian Kennedy will make $7.5 million with the Royals in 2016.

The deal still isn't official, but Kennedy has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Royals which includes an opt-out after the second season. The first year of the deal gives Kansas City some wiggle room with their payroll, but the veteran right-hander will make $13.5 million in 2017, $16 million in 2018, and $16.5 million in 2019 and 2020. Kennedy had a 4.28 ERA with 31 homers allowed in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Padres, but the Royals are banking on a bounceback as he's reunited with pitching coach Dave Eiland.
Jan 27 - 10:26 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the five-year deal between Ian Kennedy and the Royals includes an opt-out clause after two seasons.

Depending on how the contract is structured, it's hard to envision Kennedy exercising that opt-out and finding more money on the open market unless he dominates during his first two years in Kansas City. He provides the necessary rotation upgrade that the World Champions have been seeking all off-season.
Jan 16 - 8:50 AM

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Royals have agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with free agent right-hander Ian Kennedy.

The two sides had made progress towards a deal yesterday and it appears that the contract has now been finalized. Kennedy is coming off of a disappointing 2015 campaign where he posted a 4.28 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 168 1/3 innings with the Padres. He has proven to be very durable though, making at least 30 starts a year over the past six seasons, and adds a strong veteran presence to the Royals starting rotation.
Jan 16 - 8:42 AM

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