BA on Hughes & Kennedy


Kary Booher at Baseball America checked in on Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy following their season debuts with Triple-A Scranton over the weekend. Hughes struggled early with the fastball, but overcame it later and also worked on his change. Kennedy outdueled Carlos Carrasco, the Phil’s top pitching prospect, and showcased the improvement he made on his curveball during his winter ball stint. Even with the Yanks’ greatly improved rotation, I’m willing to bet these two get at least fifteen big league starts between them.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. A.D. says:

    The Yankees late in spring training tweaked the shape to Kennedy’s curveball. While his fastball sat 90-92 mph on Friday, the curve showed nice signs—it’s shorter with a smaller break.

    Interesting they’re tinkering with IPK.

    • Slugger27 says:

      “the curve showed nice signs-its shorter with a smaller break”

      is that something they did to make him have better control with it… in the majors he always threw it in the dirt, maybe theyre willing to sacrifice break for a little more command

  2. Slugger27 says:

    i guess ipk has leapfrogged aceves for the 7th starter role

  3. well, given Joba’s innings limit, it’s believable they will get some starts, especially if there’s a double header and all that.

  4. AndrewYF says:

    OMG! 90-92! He’s a real prospect now!

  5. Mike Pop says:

    Im glad Phil is working on the change. I hope his next callup is the last.

  6. viridiana says:

    Interesting post. Thanks

  7. Moshe Mandel says:

    I think the Yankees should use Kennedy now to pry one of the surplus outfielders away from the Nats- Dukes is sitting on the bench, and apparently Milledge is in the doghouse as well. You get one of those guys, the bench becomes really deep, you can dump Melky (the White Sox?), and you dont necessarily need to add an outfielder in the offseason, so you can back away from Bay/Manny/Holliday if the price gets too high.

  8. Rich says:

    The one thing that is confusing me about Hughes is that he doesn’t appear to be the consistent GB pitcher that he was in Trenton a couple of years ago.

  9. Rich says:

    Bro, Carrasco left the game leading Kennedy 1-0. Doesn’t change that Kennedy was damn good. I mean that was the 7th inning.

  10. Bo says:

    Kennedy is just trade bait. He wont pitch in pinstripes again.

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