Kennedy Still Focused On Improving

Ian Kennedy has had a tremendous year for the Yankees farm system. Making stops in Tampa, Trenton, and Scranton, he has compiled a 12-3 record and a 1.91 ERA. His most recent stint with Triple-A Scranton has been especially encouraging, resulting in yet another promotion. But even with getting ready to make his big league debut, he is still focused on becoming an even more effective pitcher.

It appears as though his hard work is finally paying off. Having not even thrown 200 professional innings yet, he is ready to make his big league debut on Saturday.

"I've definitely improved so much this season," Ian Kennedy admitted. "My offspeed pitches have improved all around, and I am getting smarter as a pitcher. For example I'm learning better what pitches to throw during what counts, and most importantly, I am learning how to improve myself through constant practice."

The 2007 season has marked Kennedy's first as a professional, and he has steamrolled through the Yankees' farm system and solidified his status as one of the best pitching prospects in the game.

"It's an honor to be recognized as one of the top prospects in the Yankees' organization," he said. "There are a lot of great young pitchers in the Yankees farm system, I mean, you've got guys like Alan Horne, Jeff Marquez, and now Daniel McCutchen, all of those guys are fantastic, so its an honor to be considered one of the top in the organization."

"Going up from High-A to Double-A, I did not really notice much of a difference, but I noticed that I had to throw more of my secondary pitches for strikes," he said when asked about the adjustments he had to make while climbing through the farm system.

"From Trenton to here, it was mainly competing with what I had down there, and just maintaining that, and being a little more consistent. I mean, hitters are a lot stronger in Triple-A, they consistently hit the ball a lot harder, you have to change it up a bit more and go at things different sometimes."

"Oh, and you can't forget about the veteran guys either - you have to deal with them sometimes too at this level - one of the most important things I've learned this season is that I have to tailor my approach on the mound for who I am pitching to."

The fact that Kennedy was able to succeed at every level in the minors suggests that he may be ready for an even greater challenge - the big leagues. With the Yankees in need of a quality start, Kennedy will now find himself in the Bronx this Saturday.

"If it happens, it happens," Kennedy said before finding out about the promotion. "Actually, Eric Duncan told me this line once: 'It's not how fast you get there, it's how long you stay there'. He's right though, it is not really how fast you get there, but how long you stay. If they want to bring me up this September, that's nice, but if it's the year after that, or one after that, it will just be nice to be in the big leagues."

The continued rumors of the chance of a promotion did not break him of his determination and focus, however, like it would most young pitchers. And now set to make his big league debut, Kennedy just continues on his own path, a path of constant practice and improvement.

"I just want to continue doing what I am doing now," he said. "I want to get better every day, every bullpen session I want to keep working on different things, and keep practicing the same. That's what pitching is to me, something you have to keep working at again and again in order to improve."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nIt appears as though his hard work is finally paying off. Having not even thrown 200 professional innings yet, he is ready to make his big league debut on Saturday.
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\r\n\"I've definitely improved so much this season,\" Ian Kennedy admitted. \"My offspeed pitches have improved all around, and I am getting smarter as a pitcher. For example I'm learning better what pitches to throw during what counts, and most importantly, I am learning how to improve myself through constant practice.\"
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\r\nThe 2007 season has marked Kennedy's first as a professional, and he has steamrolled through the Yankees' farm system and solidified his status as one of the best pitching prospects in the game.
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\r\n\"It's an honor to be recognized as one of the top prospects in the Yankees' organization,\" he said. \"There are a lot of great young pitchers in the Yankees farm system, I mean, you've got guys like Alan Horne, Jeff Marquez, and now Daniel McCutchen, all of those guys are fantastic, so its an honor to be considered one of the top in the organization.\"
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\r\n\"Going up from High-A to Double-A, I did not really notice much of a difference, but I noticed that I had to throw more of my secondary pitches for strikes,\" he said when asked about the adjustments he had to make while climbing through the farm system.
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\r\n\"From Trenton to here, it was mainly competing with what I had down there, and just maintaining that, and being a little more consistent. I mean, hitters are a lot stronger in Triple-A, they consistently hit the ball a lot harder, you have to change it up a bit more and go at things different sometimes.\"
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\r\n\"Oh, and you can't forget about the veteran guys either - you have to deal with them sometimes too at this level - one of the most important things I've learned this season is that I have to tailor my approach on the mound for who I am pitching to.\"
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\r\nThe fact that Kennedy was able to succeed at every level in the minors suggests that he may be ready for an even greater challenge - the big leagues. With the Yankees in need of a quality start, Kennedy will now find himself in the Bronx this Saturday.
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\r\n\"If it happens, it happens,\" Kennedy said before finding out about the promotion. \"Actually, Eric Duncan told me this line once: 'It's not how fast you get there, it's how long you stay there'. He's right though, it is not really how fast you get there, but how long you stay. If they want to bring me up this September, that's nice, but if it's the year after that, or one after that, it will just be nice to be in the big leagues.\"
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\r\nThe continued rumors of the chance of a promotion did not break him of his determination and focus, however, like it would most young pitchers. And now set to make his big league debut, Kennedy just continues on his own path, a path of constant practice and improvement.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just want to continue doing what I am doing now,\" he said. \"I want to get better every day, every bullpen session I want to keep working on different things, and keep practicing the same. That's what pitching is to me, something you have to keep working at again and again in order to improve.\"
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