• Jeff Kennard

    Posted by on July 27th, 2006 · Comments (4)

    Yes, he’s 25-years-old. Yes, this is now the 4th year in a row where he’s spent time in Double-A.

    But, and this is just a guy feeling, I think he could be a Scot Shields-type late bloomer. His sinker has been great for him this year.

    I hope the Yankees don’t give him away to pick up some dud before the trading deadline this season.

    Comments on Jeff Kennard

    1. baileywalk
      July 27th, 2006 | 11:55 am

      Kennard apparently has an effective two-seamer, but what has gotten him notice this year is an improved four-seam fastball. Reports have him hitting 97 on the gun. And whether that’s true or not, he has been striking a lot of people out in AA.

      He still has a lot to prove, though.

      I think a better candidate for the two-inning-setup-man-with-a-rubber-arm role is J.B. Cox (though I know you were only comparing Kennard to Shields because of the “late blooming”).

    2. JohnnyC
      July 27th, 2006 | 2:09 pm

      So does a guy HAVE to play significant time at AAA before the Yankees call ’em up? I mean, really, the prevailing wisdom around baseball is that succeeding at AA is tantamount to being able to play in the Bigs and that too much time at AAA merely marks time for a prospect (until they’re no longer a prospect–look at the Columbus roster). The important thing should be: has he found the formula for success, be it control, development of secondary pitches, or staying away from nagging injuries? If it’s yes, yes, yes than he’s got a good chance to do well in the majors. If he sucks, well, then you’ve cleared the decks of your organization…move on to other prospects. Whatever happened to the old concept of “learnin'” a guy the ropes in the bullpen or, for a postion player, coming off the bench?

    3. JohnnyC
      July 27th, 2006 | 2:19 pm

      I meant to add that relying on counting statistics in minor league performance is for the birds (you know, the Orioles). If the underlying metrics are good and improving, you call ’em up. Seems to me the Yankees have for a long time set too great store on such things as BA and ERA, wins, and saves. At least until recently where you see they use pitch counts, piggy-back starts, and have a real program for developing their pitching prospects (lose the slider for a season to gain better control of a fastball, teaching a changeup to introduce varying speeds, etc.)as opposed to letting it fly willy-nilly. Nardi Contreras has been quite impressive as the pitching coordinator, succeeding the semi-retired Billy Connors.

    4. adam
      July 21st, 2007 | 10:22 pm

      ahh, one year too early.

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