Ian Kennedy must have not gotten the news that he’s washed up at the age of 24. He threw a three-hit shutout in Puerto Rico last night.
Facing first-place Arecibo, Kennedy scattered three singles, walked one and struck out seven. The complete game dropped his ERA to 1.57 this winter.
I’m not saying he’s Cy Young. Or even Matt Young. But Kennedy is too young and too talented to proclaim him no help to the Yankees.
Meanwhile, check out the stats for Robinson Cano in the Dominican League. He has – gasp – walked four times in seven games and even stolen a base.
The Yankee are allowing Cano to DH for his winter league team for a month so he can continue to incorporate the changes Kevin Long made to his swing and stance. They seem to be working as well as they did at the end of September.
If Cano can discipline himself to swing at only those pitches he can handle, he’ll be an All-Star again.