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22 Ian Kennedy SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/190 | Birthdate: 12/19/1984 | Birthplace: Huntington Beach, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: USC | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $4,265,000 | Owned/Started%: 59/36 | Average Draft Position: 218.68
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Ian Kennedy pegged with second loss at home


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Padres starter Ian Kennedy was not at his best on Saturday, suffering his second loss of the season in his team's 6-2 defeat to Detroit.

Kennedy (1-2) gave up a run-scoring double to Ian Kinsler in the opening frame, a run-scoring double to Miguel Cabrera in the third and a two-run single to Torii Hunter in the fourth. He was charged with four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven over six innings pitched. 

Kennedy owns a 4.24 ERA along with a 16:3 K:BB ratio over 17 innings pitched. He has lost his first two decisions at home, but he'll look to bounce back in his third scheduled start at home on Thursday against the Rockies.


Pinch hit home run gives Ian Kennedy his first win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy tossed a solid start against the Marlins Sunday.

Kennedy was locked in a pitcher's duel with Nate Eovaldi, and through six innings, it looked as though Kennedy would be a hard luck loser. But the Padres managed to work two hits off Eovaldi in the seventh, bringing up Kennedy's spot in the batting order. Alexi Amarista was called upon to pinch hit for Kennedy, and cracked a three-run home run.

While Kennedy was fortunate to come up with the win, he did pitch well enough to earn it under normal circumstances. Over six innings, Kennedy allowed three hits and one earned run. He walked one and struck out five batters. His next start is scheduled against the Tigers.


Ian Kennedy takes loss in season debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy began his season with a loss Tuesday after giving up three earned runs on five hits and one walk in five innings while striking out four in his team's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers.

Kennedy postd an ugly 6.33 ERA during the spring that was accompanied by a quality 15:5 K:BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. He'll square off against the Marlins Sunday.


Ian Kennedy gives up three runs in final spring start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy surrendered three earned runs on six hits in two innings while striking out one and giving up two home runs in his team's 9-5 win over the Royals Wednesday.

Kennedy hasn't had the best of springs, posting a 6.33 ERA and giving up four home runs while turning in a 15:5 K:BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. His next start will come during the regular season.


Ian Kennedy strikes out seven vs. Mariners Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven in Friday's start against the Mariners.

Kennedy was knocked around in his last two outings, giving up eight hits and four earned runs in each while pitching just 8 2/3 innings combined between the two starts. He owns a 5.59 ERA and 14:5 K:BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings.


Ian Kennedy hit hard against Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy was hit hard on Sunday afternoon against the Royals in Cactus League action.

Kennedy surrendered four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out one over 4 2/3 innings pitched. He has permitted 10 runs over 13 2/3 innings pitched in four Cactus League starts.

Ian Kennedy surrenders four runs vs. A's Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy allowed four earned runs on eight hits while striking out two in four innings in his team's 6-5 win over the A's Tuesday.

It was Kennedy's second straight mediocre effort after throwing two scoreless innings in his spring debut. He opened up the game by serving up two doubles before A's infielder Jed Lowrie smacked a home run to put the A's up 3-0. Kennedy settled down and pitched reasonably well the rest of the way. He's looking to improve upon last year's 10-start debut with the Padres, in which he went 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 55:25 K:BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings.


Ian Kennedy takes step back in second spring start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, who fired two scoreless innings in his spring debut, took a step back on Thursday against the Rangers.

Kennedy gave up a run-scoring single to Prince Fielder and allowed Elvis Andrus to score on a balk in the opening frame. He permitted two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out three through three innings of work. He has allowed two runs over his first five innings this spring.

Ian Kennedy looks in control in opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy looked solid in his spring debut Saturday, tossing a pair of clean innings against the Royals.

Kennedy was efficient and in control, finishing his two innings of work with just 26 pitches, 20 of them thrown for strikes. He struck out two batters and walked one, while allowing one hit, a double.

Kennedy struggled with his control a year ago, walking a career-high 73 batters in 181 1/3 innings of work, so it will be interesting to see if he can find the strike zone in the spring.  


Padres avoid arbitration with three players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Padres avoided arbitration with shortstop Everth Cabrera, and pitchers Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy on Thursday. All three signed one-year deals.

Kennedy, who was in his second year of arbitration eligibility, will earn $6.1 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He went 7-10 with a 4.91 ERA over 181 1/3 innings of work.

Cabrera, also in his second year of arbitration eligibility, will receive $2.45 million, the New York Post reports. He was limited to only 95 games after serving a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He stole 37 bases and owned a .283/.355/.381 slash over 381 at-bats in 2013.

In his first year of arbitration eligibility, Ross is expected to earn $1.98 million, FOX Sports reports. He went 3-8 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 125 innings of work last season.


Ian Kennedy's control is back


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/26/2013) With a strong performance in his season finale Wednesday, Ian Kennedy finished an otherwise disappointing season on a high note for the Padres . Though Kennedy's ERA over his five September starts was a pedestrian 3.90, his latest start against the Diamondbacks was part of a positive trend.

Kennedy walked only one Arizona batter, marking the fifth straight start in which he walked no more than two hitters. He also threw at least 64 percent of his pitches for strikes in each game and compiled a cumulative 67 percent rate over those starts. That's in contrast to a 3.9 BB/9 ratio and 63 percent strikes-thrown rate compiled through the end of August.

Fantasy owners still have to be worried about Kennedy's propensity to allow extra-base hits, even in PETCO Park, but with better control, he has a chance to recapture his status as a viable starter in standard mixed leagues. Despite his poor 2013 numbers, Kennedy is still worth a late-round flyer in the hopes that his late-season resurgence will carry over into 2014.


Ian Kennedy goes out on top


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy finished the season on a positive note Wednesday, in a 12-2 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Kennedy limited the Diamondbacks to just two runs over seven innings of work, making up for a six-run outing in his last meeting with them. Kennedy allowed six hits and a walk, while striking out seven batters en route to the win.

Kennedy finishes the season 7-10 with a 4.91 ERA, easily the worst of his career over a sizable sample. Kennedy tossed 181 1/3 innings in 31 starts, with 163 strikeouts and 73 walks allowed. He is locked into the Padres rotation heading into next season. 


Ian Kennedy knocked around by Pittsburgh


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy was knocked around against the Pirates Thursday.

Kennedy gave up six innings in just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits, but did not walk a batter. Kennedy's ERA jump to 5.06. 


Ian Kennedy stays sharp in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy tossed a quality start but failed to factor into the decision Friday night against the Braves. The right-hander surrendered three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings of a 4-3 victory.

Kennedy has allowed five earned runs combined over his last three starts (17 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Pittsburgh. He tossed seven scoreless frames against the Pirates on Aug. 21.

Ian Kennedy settles for no-decision vs. Rockies


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2013) Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy tossed five strong innings Sunday, but settled for a no-decision in a 5-2 win over the Rockies.

Kennedy limited the Padres to just two runs -- one earned -- in his five innings of work. He allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out seven. He threw 57 of 87 pitches for strikes before being lifted from the game, down 2-1.

Kennedy remains 6-9 with a 4.86 ERA on the season, but has a 3.77 ERA and 3-1 record in seven starts since joining the Padres. His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Braves. 


Ian Kennedy picks up win Monday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy recorded a quality start Monday afternoon at home against the San Francisco Giants. Kennedy ended up pulling the victory on the outing.

Kennedy, who moves to 6-9 on the season with a 4.96 ERA, allowed only one earned run on a Brandon Belt RBI double in the fifth inning. Otherwise, Kennedy gave up just four other hits and walked two over six innings. He threw 104 pitches and struck out seven batters for San Diego.

Kennedy was making his sixth start for San Diego since coming over from Arizona. He's gone 3-1 with the Padres and has been an effective starter. That said, his ERA hasn't dropped much and he's had trouble getting deep in games consistently. Kennedy makes his next start Sunday against Colorado.

Ian Kennedy runs into trouble vs. former mates


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy attempted to fool his former teammates for a few innings, but the Diamondbacks eventually jumped on him in a no-decision Tuesday.

Kennedy, who spent three-plus seasons with the Diamondbacks prior to a July trade, opened the game with a scoreless first inning during which he was handed a 3-0 lead. He would give that right back in the second, on a three-run home run to Gerardo Parra. 

Kennedy would give up three more runs in the fifth inning before being pulled. He was charged with six runs on six hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings, with three strikeouts. Fortunately, the Padres' offense got him off the hook for the loss with an eighth-inning rally to tie the game, before eventually sending it into extra innings. 

Kennedy has a 5.10 ERA and 5-9 record on the season, and is 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts since the trade. His next start is scheduled for Monday against the Giants. 


Ian Kennedy pitches seven scoreless innings in win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy held the Pirates scoreless for seven innings to move to 5-9 in his team's 2-1 win Wednesday. Kennedy allowed four hits, walked three and struck out eight batters in his best performance since being traded to San Diego in July.

Kennedy bounced back from a rough outing in his previous start, when he surrendered three home runs while failing to complete five innings. He brings a 4.88 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 132:61 K:BB ratio into Tuesday's start against the Diamondbacks.


Ian Kennedy serves up three homers vs. Mets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy (4-9) had a hard time keeping the ball in the park as he served up three homers and took the loss Friday night against the Mets. The right-hander
was touched up for five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out seven over 4 2/3 innings of a 5-2 defeat.

Kennedy has allowed seven runs over his last 12 2/3 innings pitched. He is 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA in his first three starts with his new club. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at home against Pittsburgh.

Ian Kennedy surrenders two runs in eight innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy gave up two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three in eight innings in his team's 3-2 loss to the Reds Sunday but did not factor into the decision in the 13-inning game.

It was Kennedy's first quality start in his last four tries. He owns a 4-8 record, 4.97 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 117:54 K:BB ratio going into Friday's scheduled start against the Mets.


Ian Kennedy picks up win in San Diego debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy (4-8) picked up the win in his first with his new club Sunday against the Yankees. The right-hander yielded two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings of a 6-3 win.

Kennedy has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last four starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Sunday at Cincinnati. He owns a 5.14 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP through 21 starts (124 innings).

Ian Kennedy expected to start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy is expected to receive his first start with the team Sunday, according to MLB.com.

Kennedy would face off against the Yankees at home. Kennedy is primarily a fly ball pitcher, so he should enjoy his new home park. He has a 5.23 ERA in 124 innings. 


Move to Padres should help Ian Kennedy...a little


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/31/2013) Clearly, by switching his home venue from Chase Field to PETCO Park, Ian Kennedy gains some value from getting traded to the Padres. However, the change of scenery won't be a cure-all for the one-time Cy Young contender.

Kennedy has given up too many home runs in his four seasons with Arizona, but his struggles this season can also be tied to mediocre control. While Kennedy has sported a lower-than-average BB/9 ratio over the previous two seasons, he's handed out 3.5 walks per nine innings this year, giving out more than one additional free pass per nine innings as compared to 2011 or 2012.

Now Kennedy will become the Padres' most flyball-prone pitcher, but as new teammate Eric Stults has found, mild flyball tendencies don't translate into high home run rates when pitching home games at PETCO Park. Kennedy doesn't have Stults' control, but he does miss more bats, so he should be the more valuable pitcher going forward. Still, unless Kennedy starts locating in the strike zone more consistently, he may not have a rest-of-season ERA much below 4.00. While Kennedy is once again relevant to standard mixed league owners, he's not back to being an automatic start.


Trade could help Ian Kennedy get on track


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) The Padres acquisition of starting pitcher Ian Kennedy could be what the right-handed hurler needs to get back on track. Kennedy has had good success in his career at PETCO Park, going 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in six career starts.

PETCO is also beneficial for Kennedy because it's a below average line-drive and fly-ball park. Kennedy has a 24.7 percent line-drive rate in 2013 and 42 percent career fly-ball rate, according to FanGraphs.com.

Sometimes a change of scenery is good for player. Look what happened to A.J. Burnett once he was traded from the Yankees to the Pirates.

Kennedy won 15 games in 2012 and 21 games in 2011, so you know he has the potential to be a reliable Fantasy arm. It might be worth your time to dash to waivers and add Kennedy, who is owned in just 68 percent of leagues.


Ian Kennedy headed to San Diego


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) The Padres have acquired Ian Kennedy in a trade with the Diamondbacks, according to MLB.com CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.

Kennedy has struggled, with a 5.23 ERA in 124 innings, but should find Petco Park a much easier place to pitch. He's under team control through 2015. The Padres gave up reliever Joe Thatcher, minor-league pitcher Mat Stites and an additional player.