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Ian Kennedy

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Ian Kennedy
Name: Ian Patrick Kennedy
Born: Dec 19, 1984 in Huntington Beach, CA
High School: La Quinta HS, Westminster, Calif.
College: Southern California
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 205 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (21st overall) by the New York Yankees in 2006 (signed for $2,250,000)
At his best, Kennedy pitches off his fastball despite a short frame and shows a knack for making the big pitch. Above-average fastball command has allowed him to dominate college hitters (as evidenced by a 158-38 strikeout-walk ratio in 2005) and in two summers with Team USA. Kennedy has regressed in 2006, however, becoming much more hittable (.254 average against versus .201 last year) and vulnerable to big innings. Scouts report Kennedy's fastball sits more frequently from 86-89 mph, rather than 89-92 as in the past. Even when he has his velocity Kennedy has missed his spots, leaving balls up in the zone, and his changeup--a plus pitch in the past--has taken a step back as well. His slurvy breaking ball needs to be tighter and find the strike zone more often. Complicating matters, agent Scott Boras represents Kennedy. Scouts can't agree where he merits being picked but share the belief it will take the right fit of a scout who has followed him since he starred with Rockies prospect Ian Stewart in high school, and an organization comfortable with his size and adviser.
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