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Brett Kennedy

Born: 08/04/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 200
Mechanics
Square shoulders, narrow, maxed frame, barely scrapes listed 6-feet, short for a right-handed starter; athletic, loose arm, moves well off the mound; quick rock and tempo through moderate leg kick, upper half speeds up at hand break, very deep arm action, stab, wrist wrap, long to high three-quarter slot; extreme third base side of the rubber, closed front side, some drop in the drive, gets downhill with extension, long stride, slight inversion at foot strike, significant crossfire, moderate deception; fluid finish, clean deceleration; labors with runners on base, works extremely slowly; 1.37-1.51, telegaphs first move, runners ran wild on him
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 05/15/2016
Affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm (High A, Padres)
Dates Seen 5/13/16
OFP 40
Realistic 30/Org
MLB ETA
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 40 45 89-91 92 Has some weight, fairly straight with moderate sink, wears out lower glove-side quadrant; pitch lacks late life, 40 present command, propensity to yank it down, perceived velocity plays up a tick with deception and extension
SL 40 50 78-81 81 Inconsistent shape, some sweep, good ones show two-plane shape with moderate tilt; chase pitch with moderate swing-and-miss, struggled to start it in-zone
CH 30 40 83-84 84 Only showed a few, flat, lacked consistent action, stayed in the zone
Overall

An 11th rounder in 2015 out of Fordham University, Kennedy was making his first start at High-A after a promotion from the Midwest League. The delivery has some moving parts and a long, sometimes unwieldy arm action that he struggles to keep consistently on time to slot. There's a fringe-average two-pitch foundation to work off, and he shows an ability to get under barrels with both. It's tough to project enough of a command profile to overcome average velocity and movement, however, and as a short right-hander he'll have little margin for error in his climb up the ladder.

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