Former Trojan Ian Kennedy Wins In Double A Debut
June 6, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- Former USC right-hander Ian Kennedy (Huntington Beach/La Quinta HS) earned the win in his Double A debut Tuesday for the Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees) in the 11-6 win over the Binghamton Mets. Kennedy went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
The 2006 first-round selection by the Yankees (22nd overall) was promoted after a solid start in the Florida State League where he was 6-1 with a 1.29 ERA for the Tampa Yankees. In 63 innings at the A level with 10 starts, he allowed only 39 hits with 22 walks and 72 strikeouts (.183 opponents' batting average).
Kennedy's USC battery mate, catcher Jeff Clement, continues to heat up for the Tacoma Rainiers. The No. 3 overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in 2005 hit two home runs for the Triple A ballclub last night and is now batting .254 with nine home runs and 29 RBI. His nine home runs place him in a tie for 13th place in the Pacific Coast League.