Tag:Kyle KEndrick
Posted on: November 15, 2010 5:04 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 5:05 pm

Royals may offer arbitration to Davies

Davies The Royals have a 27-year-old pitcher who just completed a season in which he made a career-high 32 starts, posting a 5.34 ERA and 4.93 xFIP in 183 2/3 innings.

That season actually lowered his career ERA down to 5.49 in 131 career starts (with seven relief appearances). For someone entering the final year of arbitration certain to receive a raise from $1.8 million, one would have to think Davies could be in danger of losing his job. After all, the Phillies may non-tender No. 5 starter Kyle Kendrick, who has a 4.69 ERA in 483 2/3 career innings. While Kendrick doesn't whiff nearly as much as Davies, the difference in age and control equalizes them.

Not so much, as GM Dayton Moore puts it.

"Kyle is arbitration eligible, but I think Kyle Davies’ best years are ahead of him as he continues to get a little bit better," Moore said about Davies' chances of being tendered arbitration to the Kansas City Star .

Davies has not reached the average in strikeouts per nine innings since joining the American League halfway through the 2007 season, and he also falls short in walks per nine innings. Put simply, he is a below-average pitcher with no indicators other than a low stranded-runners percentage and increased velocity to hint at an improvement. While natural regression to the mean in stranded runners could make a big difference, his increased reliance on groundball outs does hurt his stranded runner numbers.

His improved velocity may make all the difference needed, however. He averaged 92.6 mph on his fastball in 2010, with a previous high of 91.6 mph set in 2009. He did not crack the 91-mph barrier in either 2005 or 2006, so if he can tick up the speed of his fastball just a little bit more, it may be enough to prove Moore's assertions right that his best years are ahead of him.

But even Moore himself isn't sure.

"There’s still some upside there," Moore said, "I think."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm

Bruce, O'Day among Super Twos

Brad Ziegler, the right-handed sidearmed reliever, is the lucky winner of the Super Two cutoff date this year with two years, 122 days of service time, according to the list sent to agents by the MLB Players Association. Super Two qualify for salary arbitration early.

The cutoff this season is lower than it has been in recent years, perhaps indicating that teams are getting more and more careful about how soon they bring up players in attempts to put off arbitration as long as possible.

Leading the list is Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, who has already been signed to a long-term deal, a deal that's looking better and better by the day for the Rays.

Here's the list:

Jay Bruce Player 2009 Club Total Service
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay 2.170
Jim Johnson Baltimore 2.165
Felipe Paulino Houston 2.163
Josh Fields Kansas City 2.159
Kyle Kendrick Philadelphia 2.159
Sean White Seattle 2.156
Ian Stewart Colorado 2.154
Dana Eveland* Pittsburgh 2.152
Luke Hochevar Kansas City 2.151
Armando Galarraga Detroit 2.148
Burke Badenhop Florida 2.143
Ross Ohlendorf Pittsburgh 2.139
Chris Perez Cleveland 2.136
Alberto Gonzalez Washington 2.135
Jensen Lewis Cleveland 2.133
Darren O'Day Texas 2.128
Jay Bruce Cincinnati 2.125
Chase Headley San Diego 2.123
Travis Buck Oakland 2.123
Brad Ziegler Oakland 2.122

It appears that this is the best news for Bruce, O'Day and Perez, who will likely get the biggest bumps in salary from 2010 to 2011.

Of all those players, Bruce (pictured) may have had the best season, hitting .281/.353/.493 with 25 home runs. Perez recorded 23 saves and had a 1.71 ERA as the closer for the Indians once Kerry Wood was sent to the Yankees. O'Day was a valuable member of the Rangers' bullpen, appearing in 72 regular-season games and 11 postseason games. During the Regular season, he had a 2.03 ERA.

All three of those players made $440,000 or less last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 6:10 pm

Kendrick may be booted from rotation for Worley

Vance Worley Kyle Kendrick has made 27 starts on the season and largely settled in as the Phillies' No. 5 starter, but now may find himself bumped from the rotation in favor of Vance Worley.

Worley (pictured) made his major-league debut on Monday, starting the first game of a doubleheader against the Marlins. He went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and one walk while punching out five, throwing just 76 pitches. Not bad for a 22-year-old.

"I felt like he threw five innings and he did a good job," manager Charlie Manuel told the Philadelphia News . "He kept us right where we wanted to go. First start in the big leagues, he was fine."

It's not exactly a ringing endorsement of the youngster, but Kendrick has coughed up nine earned runs in nine innings over his last two starts and 18 over his last 20 1/3 innings comprised of four starts. That gives him a 4.89 ERA on the season in 158 1/3 innings. Striking out just 4.2 batters per nine and walking 2.4, the righty is not exactly keeping his rotation spot on lockdown.

Kendrick is slated to face the Mets on Saturday, then appear two more times down the stretch against the Nationals, which have owned Kendrick this season, tallying up at least five runs in all three of Kendrick's starts against Washington. That might be enough to tap Worley for the gig as the team scrambles to take down the Braves for the NL East Division as well as stay the course atop the wild card.

Worley, of course, would love the opportunity. "As long as I'm in the back of [Manuel's] mind," he said. "Hopefully I get another opportunity."

He'll have to wait to find out, as Manuel said he hasn't even considered the possibility yet.

Whether Kendrick or Worley, the No. 5 starter will only be needed for those three games as the schedule and current order of the rotation lines up for only needing four men in the rotation. In addition, the Phillies have their top three of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt ready to face the Braves in all six remaining games against Philly's division rivals in the final two weeks of the season.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:32 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am

Stanton singles, scores in debut

While Mike Stanton is known for his prodigous power, his first at-bat in the big leagues resulted in an infield single off the Phillies' Kyle Kendrick.

Facing a full count, Stanton hit a chopper of Kendrick's head and the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Stanton busted down the line.

Known for his 500-foot homers, Stanton was recruited by USC as a wide receiver and cornerback, so he does have speed, which he showed scoring from first on Ronnie Paulino's double.

The Marlins lead 2-0 in the top of the second.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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