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31 Ian Kennedy RP

Kansas City Royals

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
82%72%
Key Stats
IPWLSVERAKSBB
63.132303.417317
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2018KC394.6622220000119.2125666220140105
2019KC323.4163000303463.1642424611773

Player Updates

March 11, 2020 05:44 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Not officially named closer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Royals manager Mike Matheny did not commit to naming a closer Wednesday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.

The news comes as something of a surprise, as Matheny doesn't exactly have a reputation as one of the game's more progressive minds. Kennedy saved 30 games with a 3.41 ERA and a 27.4 percent strikeout rate last season, but Matheny discussed the team's plan to stay flexible and use its best relievers in high-leverage spots prior to the ninth inning when necessary with Kennedy and the rest of the Royals' bullpen. Matheny could certainly fall back on a more traditional setup once the regular season actually begins, but for now, it may not be wise to treat Kennedy as the safe closer he's being drafted as.

September 17, 2019 02:04 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Bags 30th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy picked up the save against the Athletics on Monday, working around one hit to toss a scoreless ninth inning and close out the Royals' 6-5 victory. He struck out two and walked none.

Kennedy managed to close the door after his teammates made a two-run comeback to take a 6-5 lead in the ninth inning, needing 21 pitches to record his 30th save of the season. The veteran has performed respectably in the closer role for the Royals, only blowing four saves and posting a 3.28 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 70:17 K:BB across 60.1 innings.

September 12, 2019 10:12 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Records 29th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy allowed one hit and two walks while striking out two across one scoreless inning to earn the save Thursday against the White Sox.

Kennedy loaded the bases with two outs but managed to strike out Leury Garcia to end the game. He now has 29 saves on the season and has converted seven of his last eight opportunities. In that same span, he's allowed only one earned run, lowering his ERA on the season to 3.34.

September 12, 2019 07:40 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Notches 28th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy tossed a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his 28th save of the season in an 8-6 win over the White Sox.

All nine pitches Kennedy fired were strikes, although he failed to pick up a strikeout. The veteran right-hander is now 17 for 18 on save chances in the second half with a 3.09 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 24:7 K:BB through 23.1 innings.

September 7, 2019 04:56 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Grabs another save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy picked up his 27th save of the season Friday, striking out one and allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins.

Kennedy entered with a three-run lead and never allowed the Marlins to really threaten, working around a one-out single to shut the door. The outing lowered the veteran's ERA to 3.45.

September 5, 2019 10:56 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Records 26th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy picked up the save against the Tigers on Wednesday after tossing a perfect inning with one strikeout.

Entering the ninth inning with a 5-4 lead, Kennedy punched out Jeimer Candelario before retiring Harold Castro and Dawel Lugo to finish off the win. The 34-year-old is now 15-for-16 on save chances in the second half, tallying 26 saves overall on the season with a 3.51 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 65:15 K:BB.

September 4, 2019 02:20 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Blows save but picks up win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy (2-2) blew the save but earned the win against Detroit on Tuesday, tossing one inning and giving up one run on three hits without registering a walk or a strikeout.

Kennedy entered the game in the ninth inning staked to a one-run lead but could not close the door on Detroit, allowing the Tigers to tie the game on a trio of singles. He was credited with a win, however, after Ryan O'Hearn hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the inning. Kennedy has been quite good in his first season as a closer, converting 25 of 29 save opportunities while posting a 3.58 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 64:15 K:BB across 55.1 innings.

September 2, 2019 05:20 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Earns 25th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy struck out one as he pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday to pick up his 25th save of the year in a 6-4 win over the Orioles.

Kennedy locked up the team's first series win in their last 11 tries. In an abysmal season for the Royals, the right-hander has been a bright spot, posting a 3.48 ERA to go with a 1.29 WHIP and a stellar 64:15 K:BB across 54.1 innings this year.

September 1, 2019 08:16 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Racks up 24th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his 24th save of the season in a 7-5 win over the Orioles.

The veteran hurler is now 13-for-13 on save chances in the second half, although Kennedy's 3.44 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 21:7 K:BB through 18.1 innings since the All-Star break put him firmly in the second tier of closers. The right-hander has one more year at $16.5 million left on his contract, so barring an offseason trade, expect him to enter 2020 with a firm grip on the ninth-inning role for the Royals.

August 29, 2019 04:16 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Notches 23rd save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy tossed a scoreless ninth inning during which he recorded two strikeouts against the A's on Wednesday to earn his 23rd save. He allowed one hit and a walk.

With Kansas City leading 6-4 in the ninth inning, Kennedy worked around a leadoff walk by firing back-to-back strikeouts. Marcus Semien then broke through with a single, but Kennedy responded by forcing Robbie Grossman to fly out and end the game. The save was the 23rd of the season for the right-hander, who owns a 3.61 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 62:15 K:BB.

August 25, 2019 10:56 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Yields four runs during ninth
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy (1-2) allowed four runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout but earned a win during the ninth inning in a 9-8 extra-inning victory against the Indians on Sunday.

This technically wasn't a blown save because Kennedy entered the game with a four-run lead (a non-save situation), but he pitched terribly, giving up two home runs in one frame. He got through the frame, and the Royals scored in the top of the 10th, though, so Kennedy earned a win. He is 1-2 with 22 saves, 3.75 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 50.1 innings this season.

August 20, 2019 07:32 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Nails down 22nd save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy gave up two hits, including a solo home run, and struck out one in the ninth inning Monday to record his 22nd save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

Amazingly, it's the first homer Kennedy has served up since May 16, highlighting how smoothly his transition to the closer role has gone. The right-hander is now 22-for-25 in save chances with a 3.10 ERA and 58:12 K:BB through 49.1 innings.

August 17, 2019 12:20 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Notches 21st save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy gave up two hits and a walk while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his 21st save of the season in a 4-1 win over the Mets.

The veteran right-hander made things interesting, loading the bases with two outs in the ninth before getting the red-hot Amed Rosario to ground into a fielder's choice. Kennedy is now 21-of-24 in converting save chances during his first season out of the bullpen, and his 2.98 ERA and 57:12 K:BB through 48.1 innings are also remarkably strong.

July 29, 2019 11:32 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Slams door for 20th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn the save over Cleveland on Sunday.

Kennedy game into a 9-6 ballgame and forced three flyball outs on just six pitches. He's locked down his last nine save chances, making him 20-for-23 on the year. Assuming he doesn't get dealt before the deadline, Kennedy should hold the closing job for the Royals down the stretch.

July 24, 2019 11:16 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Records 19th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy struck out two through a hitless and scoreless ninth inning to record his 19th save in a 2-0 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

Kennedy made quick work of the Braves to record a save in consecutive days. Kennedy has 17 saves in his last 18 opportunities and continues to deliver as a reliever. The 34-year-old has a 3.40 ERA with 19 saves this season.

July 23, 2019 11:40 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Notches adventurous save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy allowed one earned run on three hits and no walks while striking out one across one inning to earn his 18th save of the season Tuesday against the Braves.

Kennedy entered the game with a two-run cushion, but nearly blew the save after he allowed three consecutive singles to begin the ninth inning. However, he rebounded to get the next three batters he faced, two of which came with the tying run at third base. Kennedy has now allowed three baserunners in two of his past three appearances, though he's successfully hung onto the win on each occasion. He now has a 3.48 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 50 strikeouts across 41.1 innings for the season.

July 21, 2019 03:12 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Grabs 17th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to record the save against the Indians on Saturday.

Kennedy held a one-run lead to earn his 17th save of the season. It was a bounce-back effort for him after he allowed three baserunners and an earned run in his last outing. The 34-year-old has found value in the bullpen, recording a 3.35 ERA and 1.24 WHIP while striking out 49 across 40.1 innings.

July 19, 2019 12:12 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Records 16th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out one across one inning to earn the save Thursday against the White Sox.

Kennedy entered the game in the ninth inning with a two-run lead and allowed the White Sox to collect two base-hits with two outs to cut the lead to one. However, he struck out A.J. Reed to end the contest and record his 16th save of the season. The earned run marked just the second time in his last 11 appearances that he allowed a runner to cross the plate. Kennedy now has a 3.43 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 47 strikeouts across 39.1 innings for the campaign.

July 18, 2019 12:52 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Notches 15th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy earned a one-out save in Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the White Sox.

Kennedy was called upon to record the final out in the ninth inning after Willy Peralta gave up a three-run home run to AJ Reed. The right-hander did so in six pitches after forcing Yolmer Sanchez to line out. Kennedy has been on fire since taking over closing duties for the Royals, and has already recorded four saves post All-Star break. The 34-year-old owns a 3.29 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 46:9 K:BB across 38 appearances.

July 16, 2019 12:44 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Records 14th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy gave up a hit and walked one while striking out one through a scoreless ninth inning to record his 14th save in a 5-2 win over the White Sox on Monday.

Kennedy entered the game in the ninth inning with a three-run lead and allowed two baserunners before forcing Jose Abreu to ground into a game-ending double play. The 34-year-old has a 2.06 ERA with 11 saves in his last 14 appearances.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Minnesota 5.000 3.60214
vs LHB 32.200 2.7601039
vs RHB 29.200 4.250732
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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020KC00---00000000000000
2019KC323.4163000303463.3642424611773
2018KC394.6622220000119.7125666220140105
2017KC5135.3830300000154.0143999234561131
2016KC11113.6833330000195.71738180331366184
2015SD9154.2830300000168.3166958031752174
2014SD13133.630330000201.0189858116470207
2013ARI-SD7104.920310000181.318010899271273163
2012ARI15124.020331000208.321610193281455187
2011ARI2142.880331100222.0186737119955198
2010ARI9103.800320000194.01638782261070168
2009NYY000.000000001.00000121
2008NYY048.2709000039.7503736512627
2007NYY101.9003000019.0136410915
Total971034.0902892130341767.01668862804246785961633
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020KC000---00000------0---
2019KC147640.7000003.2611.27926611.65
2018KC2891580.6000004.2651.37951812.48
2017KC21271880.7000114.2461.32565512.21
2016KC11362460.6000104.2361.22281811.59
2015SD41531611.0000015.2581.29571312.03
2014SD41742020.901582011.2501.28984611.78
2013ARI-SD11681980.80240110.2591.39779413.17
2012ARI41982290.9043045.2661.30289912.33
2011ARI02062460.80601111.2271.08690010.14
2010ARI21752240.801261016.2281.20181011.27
2009NYY0020.0000000.0002.000627.00
2008NYY041490.8052103.3091.93919417.68
2007NYY012280.4011000.1911.1587710.42
Total21152619950.8067457876.2491.281749611.93
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2006A-Staten Ilnd 2.21100002220.001.818
2007AA-Trenton 48.29905105717272.610.913
2007A-Tampa 63.0111016107222391.290.968
2007AAA-Scranton-Wb 34.26601103411252.101.053
2008A-Tampa 5.01100004120.000.600
2008R-Yankees 3.01001007033.001.000
2008AAA-Scranton-Wb 69.0131205307217522.351.000
2009AAA-Scranton-Wilkes Barr 22.0440100257181.641.136
2018AAX-Northwest Arkansas N 4.011001052713.502.250
2018AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers 3.21100102148.441.562
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-0/195
Birthdate:
12/19/1984
Age:
35
Hometown:
Huntington Beach, CA
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Kansas City Royals
College:
USC
MLB Experience:
13