Ian Kennedy, Starting Pitcher, Kansas City Royals
Date of Birth: 12/19/1984
Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California
College: University of Southern California
Ian Kennedy, starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, was a top pitcher in both high school and college. He was first drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003 but he didn't sign with them. Three years later, he was drafted by the New York Yankees. From 2006 through most of 2009, he pitched in the Yankees' minor league system. He played with the Yankees in 3 games in 2007, 10 games in 2008, and in 1 game in 2009.
In December, 2009, the Yankees traded Kennedy to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2010, his first full season in the major leagues, Kennedy pitched 194.0 innings in 32 games and finished the year with a 3.80 ERA and 9-10 win-loss record.
Kennedy's best season was in 2011, when he led the National League in wins. That year, he had career highs in games played (33), innings pitched (222.0), wins (21 to 4 losses), and strikeouts (198 to 55 walks). He had a 2.88 ERA.
In July, 2013, after 21 games and a 5.23 ERA, the Diamondbacks traded Kennedy to the San Diego Padres. He then pitched in 10 games with the Padres and finished with a combined 4.91 ERA. He finished the 2014 season with a 13-13 record, a career high 207 strikeouts to 70 walks, and a 3.63 ERA in 201.0 innings in 33 games.
Kennedy pitched in 30 games with the Padres in 2015. He finished the season with a 9-15 record, 174 strikeouts to 52 walks, and a 4.28 ERA in 168.1 innings.
Kennedy signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Royals on January 29, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with a 3.68 ERA, 11 wins to 11 losses, and 184 strikeouts to 66 walks in 195.2 innings in 30 games.
In 2017, Kennedy had a 5.38 ERA in 30 games. He finished the season with 5 wins and 13 losses and 131 strikeouts to 61 walks in 154.0 innings.
Statistics for Kennedy in eight full seasons (2010-2017) in the major leagues include:
- 8 seasons with 30 or more games, with a high of 33 in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016
- 3 seasons with over 200 innings pitched, with a high of 222.0 in 2011
- 7 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with a high of 207 in 2014
Career pitching statistics for Kennedy through 2017 include:
- 269 games played
- 1,584.1 innings pitched
- 91-92 win-loss record
- 1,455 strikeouts to 539 walks
- 4.08 ERA
Kennedy and his wife Allison were married in October, 2007. They have three children.