• Full name Kevin Andrew Kendall
  • Born 06/25/1999 in Long Beach, CA
  • Profile Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 175 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School UCLA
  • Drafted in the 7th round (202nd overall) by the New York Mets in 2021 (signed for $200,000).
    View Draft Report
    Kendall has been a scout favorite since his days at La Mirada (Calif.) High, but he never put together the performance to match his tools. That changed this spring. After missing the 2020 season with a wrist injury, Kendall returned to hit .355/.409/.496 during the regular season as UCLA’s leadoff hitter and set new career highs in doubles (14) and home runs (four). Kendall is one of the most athletic and versatile college players in the draft class. He is nearly a plus-plus runner, was a plus defender at shortstop and showed he could play an above-average center field this season when he moved off of short in deference to Matt McLain. He is also a plus defender at second base and has the athleticism and instincts to play almost any position on the field. He has had injuries to his wrist and shoulder, so his arm strength will range from below-average to above-average depending on the day. At the plate Kendall has good hand-eye coordination and a loose, lefthanded swing to project as a potentially average hitter. He swung and missed too much in the past, but he made significant improvements in his approach this year and began chasing less to cut down on his strikeouts. Kendall lacks physicality and projects for below-average power, although he does flash the ability to drive the ball out to his pull-side. He uses his speed effectively on the basepaths and stole 32 bases in 141 career games. Kendall’s defensive versatility is his best asset and he projects to hit enough to stick on a big league bench. He is in the mix to be taken on the draft’s second day.

Top Rankings

Organization Prospect Rankings

Draft Prospects

Scouting Reports

Career Transactions

  • Brooklyn Cyclones transferred SS Kevin Kendall from the 7-day injured list to the 60-day injured list.
  • Brooklyn Cyclones placed SS Kevin Kendall on the 7-day injured list.
  • SS Kevin Kendall and assigned to New York Mets.

Download our app

Read the newest magazine issue right on your phone