Ian Kennedy is born on 19th December 1984 and is a professional baseball pitcher in the United States of America. He plays for MLB or Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals. Kennedy earlier played for San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, and New York Yankees enrolled in the USC or University of Southern California. when he played baseball at the college level for the Trojans. In 2007, Kennedy made his debut in Major League Baseball with the Yankees. The player was traded after the season of 2009 to the Diamondbacks. He played through 2013 for Arizona and was traded to the Padres. He has been playing for the Kansas City Royals since 2016.
High School Playing Career
The player studied at California's La Quinta High School and was included in the CIF Division IV in the junior player as the co-MVP or most valuable player. He also had the distinction of being the most valuable player in Garden Grove League and Orange County Register when there were 13 wins. He also headed the county with an ERA of 0.38.
The player played baseball at the college level for the University of Southern California. When he was in the first year at the University of California, Kenedy had an ERA of 2.91 in 16 games and 2 save.
When Kennedy was in the sophomore year, the player played 18 games and had an ERA of 2,54, as well as, 1 complete game. The New York Yankees drafted him in the 1st round f the MLB draft of 2006.
New York Yankees
He played his debut game in the MLB on 1st September 2007 with the New York Yankees as a substitute for Mike Mussina. The player has been frequently compared with Mussina. Kennedy earned the win in the maiden game. Kennedy was declared the twenty-sixth best prospect on 28th November 2007 by the official website of Minor League Baseball. He had to undergo surgery on 12th May 2009.in New York.
The player was declared the Opening Day starting pitcher of 2011 by the DIamondbacks. He went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in December 2009 in a 3-way trade with the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers.
San Diego Padres
Kennedy was traded on 31st July 2013 to the San Diego Padres for Matt Stites and Joe Thatcher, as well as, a compensatory draft pick. Kennedy was included in the Padres rotation immediately.
Kansas City Royals
The player signed a contract worth 70 million USD for 5 years on 29th January 2016 with the franchise Kansas City Royals. Kennedy was moved by the Royals during the 2019 spring training to the bullpen so that he can be a relief pitcher.
Born at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Kennedy's parents are Teri and Sean Kennedy. The player has one sister younger than him called Kandice. He resides in Garden Grove, California from two years to 13 years when his family relocated to Huntington Beach, California. He started playing for Garden Grove Pony Baseball when he was 4.5-years-old until 12-year-old. He played baseball from 10-year-old to 14-year-old. He studied at LaQuinta High School from 1999 to 2003. The player studied at the University of South Carolina until 2006 when the Yankees drafted him in the 1st round.
Kennedy married Allison Jaskowiak, another baseball player of the University of South Carolina in October 2007. They had their marriage ceremony outside St. Louis. However, none of the teammates of the player could attend their wedding because they were in the midst of the playoff series and were playing against the Cleveland Indians.
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