MICHAEL KENNEDY , LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: November 30, 2004
Drafted: 4th Round, 110th Overall, 2022
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Troy (NY) HS
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Kennedy is unusual in being an early pick from a cold-weather area and being very young for the draft (17 until the November after the draft), but scouts consider his feel for pitching to be very advanced. His fastball is about average, at 88-92 mph, topping out at 94. Considering his size, it’s doubtful whether he has much projection. He throws a slider that misses a lot of bats, both right- and left-handed, and his change could be at least average. His command is excellent for a prep pitcher. Kennedy was an LSU recruit, but he signed for $1M. That was nearly double the slot value of $554,800.
As is typical with the Pirates’ prep pitching draftees, Kennedy didn’t appear in his first season.
Kennedy should debut in the FCL in 2023.