Pirates Select LHP Michael Kennedy with Their Fourth Round Pick

With their fourth round pick in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected left-handed pitcher Michael Kennedy out of Troy HS in New York. He’s one of the youngest players in the draft, turning 18 at the end of November.

Kennedy is fairly advanced for his age/location, as players from the Northeast tend to develop slower due to less playing time. He stands 6’1″, 205 pounds and has a commitment to LSU. Pipeline grades him as having 55 grades for his fastball, slider and control, along with a 50 grade for his changeup. He’s ranked 89th overall for them.

Baseball America rates his pitches as 55 for the slider and 50 for the changeup, so those are the same as Pipeline, but they have him with better control (60 grade) and a full grade lower on the fastball (45). The interesting part about those grades is that BA has a higher velocity on him, saying that he touches 94, while Pipeline has him maxed out at 92. One very interesting note here is that BA believes he doesn’t have a lot of projection left, despite his age. He’s already filled out his frame some, so that could be the reason for the grade. Pipeline also notes that his fastball has life up in the zone and he hides the ball well with some deception in his delivery.

BA notes that his slider works well against both righty/lefty batters, while Pipeline says the same about his changeup, which is a good sign for the three-pitch lefty. There’s good athleticism here and a nice feel for pitching.

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JimEastTennessee

Liking the emphasis on college arms, but this kid might be a sleeper.

capirate

Fifth round pick seems more like a save money pick.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Shame, Houston. Shame.

roibert.kasperski

As Buford T Justice would Sumbitch!!!!

ravidesai1984

Houston just took Trey Dombroski.

Wilbur Miller

You bastards!!

roibert.kasperski

My day is now ruined……………

clemo83

A prep left handed pitching prospect? Do those exist? And among the youngest in the draft? Hope we can sign him…

goodtymes31

With the gap overnight, that gives GMBC a chance to know exactly where they stand, and also make some calls to see what these guys demands would be. If he took this guy here, it’s because he knows he has the resources to sign him. Realistically, they should have a really good idea of what it will take to sign anyone inside of 10 rounds, and will pick accordingly

clemo83

After their impressive maneuvering last year, they certainly have the benefit of the doubt.

TNBucs

Seems like an excellent pick–a very young lefty from a cold-weather location would seem to leave a lot of room for development.

agent00

pirates need more lefty pitching prospects. i like it

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

MOAR PITCHING!!!!

Wilbur Miller

MOAR TALENT!!!!!!!!!!

jaygray007

fangraphs has him with some really nice future grades. looks like he has a shot at a usable fastball, plus breaker and changeup and great command. we’ll see i guess.

TNBucs

Also, how do you get the future grades from Fangraphs? I see his overall 40 FV but not the detailed breakdown other than the write-up which seems to like his stuff and potential for command in the future.

jaygray007

youre on the “summary” tab. go to the “Scouting Pitching” tab and that’ll have the scouting grades

TNBucs

So Harrington, Barco, and Kennedy all get 60s for future command. Only one pitcher got a 70 (Thorpe) and ten guys got a 60, and we drafted three of those ten. That surely isn’t coincidental, and I strongly approve.

TNBucs

They also say he’s expected to be a tough sign, which might explain the Brannigan pick.

jaygray007

yeah maybe. that said, Brannigan is fun enough that i dont mind him regardless

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