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8/26/1984 (32 y, 6 m, 1 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 7, Pick: 18, Overall: 205, Team: Philadelphia Phillies
$0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
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Kendrick pitches for a great team in a hitters' ballpark, striking out too few hitters (career 4.14 per nine) to be very useful in most fantasy formats. He’s a pitch-to-contact hurler who managed to have a tidy little ERA in 2011 of 3.22, but the ERA predictors sniff that out pretty well (4.55 FIP) and he’s probably better left to your opponents to take a flyer on. Even if Kendrick were able to provide you with 180 innings, he probably wouldn’t generate many more than 85 strikeouts and his win totals, WHIP, and ERA won’t impress enough to put up with it. Kendrick could be useful in deeper leagues or league-specific formats, but otherwise, he’s an emergency option or spot starter. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
We know enough about Kendrick’s repertoire and skill set to know he’s not likely to break out in any meaningful way. He’s a fringe starter in standard leagues and he’s mostly a play for cheap wins on the road in spot starts in deeper formats.
Kyle Kendrick completed his second straight season with a sub-4.00 ERA. Once again, FIP doesn't believe he's as good as those numbers suggest. He did show some improvement last season, upping his strikeout rate to 17.2%. That's still not great, but it's a substantial gain for Kendrick. Other than that, he won't walk a ton of hitters and he's prone to giving up the long ball. He's definitely hurt by his home park, and would be better suited pitching in Petco (then again, who wouldn't?). He does enough to have value as a back-end innings-eater in the big leagues, but his upside is too small to make a difference in most fantasy leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
The Phillies seem primed to give Kendrick 30+ starts next season. He could be effective in the back end of a major league rotation, but doesn't do enough to help your fantasy team, except in deeper leagues.
After outperforming his peripherals in back-to-back seasons, Kendrick came back down to earth in 2013. His earned run average jumped significantly in each of the last two seasons, from 3.22 in 2011, to 3.90 in 2012, to last year's 4.70 ERA. The two primary reasons for this regression are his steadily declining strand rate and increasing batting average on balls in play. Both of those numbers have been trending in the wrong direction since 2011. In real life, the 29-year-old is a perfectly acceptable back-of-the-rotation starter, but he doesn't offer much to fantasy owners. His career strikeout rate is just 4.80 per nine innings, so unless his BABIP and strand rate return to his 2011-2012 levels, he's not helping in mixed formats. (
The Quick Opinion:
There's room on fantasy rosters for a guy like Kendrick in NL-only formats, but his ceiling is far too low for consideration in all but the deepest mixed leagues.
Kyle Kendrick entered his first offseason as a free agent coming off his worst season as a rotation member relative to the league (126 ERA-, 124 FIP-). The good news: He’s lost virtually no velocity in his career. The bad: His average fastball velo won’t crack 90, and he’s right-handed. The bad wouldn’t be so bad (perhaps even good) if he had a more effective two-seamer (lifetime 46.1% ground balls, 3.0% swinging strikes), because he has a couple of solid complementary offerings and a decent lifetime walk rate (6.6%). As it is, the 30-year-old, without a new skill, appears to be destined to continue to post strikeout rates well below league average (14.0% in 2014) and unspectacular ground-ball rates (44.6%) and, thus, remain, at best, a fifth starter. In a given season, Kendrick could again be a profitable $1 innings eater in considerably deep leagues, with a little luck and/or the right situation. (Nicholas Minnix)
The Quick Opinion:
Kendrick possesses a couple of quality complementary pitches but is otherwise unspectacular, to say the least, given his low strikeout rate and mediocre ground-ball rate. At best, he can be a worthwhile $1 innings eater in league-only formats and deep-league streamer.
There was a time when Kyle Kendrick wasn't awful at baseball. That time has passed. Last season, Kendrick had one of the worst seasons in baseball history. His 6.35 FIP was the worst FIP by a pitcher who tossed 140 or more innings since Mike Moore posted a 6.39 FIP for the 1994 Detroit Tigers. Kendrick became just the eleventh pitcher to toss 140 innings and post a FIP of 6.00 or higher since Jackie Robinson integrated baseball in 1947, and the first since 2001. That the Rockies trotted him out time after time was nothing short of an embarrassment. To their credit, they declined to bring him back for a return engagement, and Kendrick has moved on to the similarly bottom feeding Atlanta Braves. Perhaps back in the National League East, which he pitched in for eight seasons with the Phillies, he won't be as big of an embarrassment, but he is not a pitcher who you should be thinking of picking up -- not even in an NL-only league. To be honest, I wouldn't even pick him up in a league where you could only draft Braves pitchers. At least some of their young guys might be fun to dream on. There's nothing fun about Kyle Kendrick. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Kyle Kendrick is an affront to the good game of baseball, and the fact that we waste time covering him should show you just how dedicated Eno and the RotoGraphs team are to being thorough.
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Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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