The Long Island Ducks of Atlantic League of Professional (ALPB) today announced the signing of another former major league pitcher, as they have added right-hander Brett Kennedy to the fold for the upcoming season.
“Brett gives us another Major Leaguer on our pitching staff,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “He is eager to reach the MLB level again, and we look forward to helping him try and achieve that.”
Kennedy, who hails from Pomona, N.J., reached the “The Show” in 2018 with the San Diego Padres, the same organization that selected him in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft.
Kennedy, who makes the fourth ex-MLB arm to join the staff thus far, appeared in 17 tilts (14 starts) across three levels in the Padres organization during the 2021 season, the majority of which were spent with Triple-A El Paso. He fanned 54 batters and walked 26 over 53.2 innings.
Previously, the 27-year-old made the Pacific Coast League (PCL) All-Star squad in 2018 with El Paso after going 10-0 with a 2.72 ERA in 16 starts with the club. Kennedy also earned Texas League Mid-Season All-Star honors in 2017 with Double-A San Antonio, as he put up a 13-7 mark with a 3.70 ERA in 26 starts that campaign.
“I’m looking forward to playing back in the Northeast again for such an amazing fan base and team,” said Kennedy, who pitched for the Fordham University (Bronx, N.Y.) baseball team. “My main goal is to continue the winning history of the Ducks and help compete in any way possible.”
— Jerry Del Priore
Photo of Brett Kennedy: Long Island Ducks