Scouting Kyle Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick is finally pitching at Triple-A. In 2007, the Phillies jumped him from Double-A Reading to the majors. Now, after tough times with the Phillies, he's pitching at Triple-A. We've got a look at his first start with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Well, to start with, Kyle Kendrick didn't start off any worse than any of the pitchers at the major league level; he gave up two runs in the first inning. Maybe it's a new organizational strategy.

In the first inning, Kendrick was missing up in the zone and quickly got himself into trouble. It didn't help that lead off man Kevin Russo reached on an error by third baseman J.J. Furmaniak. After a couple of fly ball outs, Shelley Duncan walked and back-to-back singles by Juan Miranda and Austin Jackson plated runs.

Kendrick still struggled to start the second, giving up a lead off double and then a walk. To his credit though, he settled in and put down the next three hitters.

Another lead off single in the third didn't result in any problems, because of a double-play. The fourth inning saw another walk, but again, no other runs.

In general, Kendrick did settle in a little after the first couple of innings and was able to keep the ball down in the zone better. He was able to get hitters to hit into more ground ball outs than early in the game, but he was still missing with his pitches.

Kendrick, who is on a mission to improve his change-up, struggled with the pitch. With no working radar gun at Coca-Cola Park, it's impossible to gauge the change in velocity. There was a discernible change in velocity and Kendrick's arm speed and mechanics seemed to be just the same as on his fastball.

By the time the night was over for Kendrick, he had gone four innings, giving up four hits and two unearned runs. He threw 83 pitches - 50 for strikes - but had walked three hitters while striking out just one.

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