Ian Kennedy returned for the Yankees yesterday in the eighth inning versus the Angels. It was anything but an easy inning, as Kennedy loaded the bases with an hit batter and two walks. Kennedy also recorded a strikeout. The result was ultimately positive as he allowed no runs, recording the final out on a popup to Freddy Guzman. So, how did he look? Per Brooks Baseball, Kennedy’s four-seam fastball sat at an average of 92.01 mph, with a top speed of 93.1 mph. While IPK only threw two changeups, they came in at an average of 83.80 mph, representing about a 9 mph drop, which is right around where you want to be. Perhaps it was that Ian was amped up to be back in the majors, but that 92.01 mph average is an improvement over his average fastball velocity from '08 (89.1) and '07 (90.4). I ...
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