2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Ian Kennedy
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Kansas City Royals closer Ian Kennedy to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Every season saves emerge from the waiver wire, often times from unlikely sources. From May 30th until the end of the season, Ian Kennedy recorded the most saves in the majors, including 19 in the second half. Kennedy became the fifth Royal ever with a 30 save season. He joins John Smoltz, Derek Lowe and Dennis Eckersley as the only four pitchers with a 20 win season and 30 saves in a different one in their careers.
In 2019, Kennedy won three of his five decisions with 30 saves, a 73:17 K:BB, 3.41 ERA, 3.77 xFIP and 1.28 WHIP. He recorded a 27.4 strikeout percentage with a 6.4 walk rate. During his sample from May 30th to the end of the year, he worked 40.2 innings with a 47:13 K:BB, .233 batting average against, 2.88 ERA, 3.75 xFIP and 1.18 WHIP. Transitioning from the rotation to the bullpen, Kennedy reduced usage of his change-up while throwing more fastballs and cutters. Here’s his pitch plot from last season on Statcast:
According to Statcast, Kennedy allowed 175...