Most of you are probably wondering why I am posting about Ian Kennedy. Kennedy has been pretty awful in his time in New York. but, since I am # 31 on the latest Leaders List, I will dedicate this post to Ian Kennedy, even if he is in AAA.
Ian Kennedy was born on December 19, 1984 in Huntington Beach, CA. He is 6′ 0″ and weighs 190 pounds. He throws a fastball, changeup, slider and knuclke curve.
Kennedy attended La Quinta HS in Westminster, CA. In his junior year, he has an 0.38 ERA with 13 wins and 168 K’s. He also batted .373 with 7 HRs and 31 RBIs. He was Garden Grove player of the year.
In college, Kennedy pitched for USC, where Mickey Mantle attended college as well. In 2005, his senior year, he was nakmed a pre-season All-American. He recorede 158 K’s in his senior year, fourth in school history.
Kennedy had lots of success in the minors. He quickly made it to AAA Scranton, where he went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA.
In the Majors, it has been mostly a struggle for Kennedy. He won his MLB debut on September 1, 2007 against TB. He allowed 3 runs, 1 earned, in 7 innings. He had 6 strikeouts. Kennedy struggled in 2008. In one start against the Angels, after being recalled from Scranton, he allowed 5 runs in 2 innings. Soon after, he was optioned back to Scranton. He hasn’t been good since. He did not impress in camp, and he is in Scranton now. Kennedy is married to his college sweet heart, Allison Jaskowiak. I hope Ian Kennedy figures it out soon. He has a ton of talent and potential, and I would hate to see it go to waste.