The Long Island Ducks yesterday welcomed back ex-San Diego Padre right-handed pitcher and New Jersey native Brett Kenndey to the team, they announced via Twitter.
Born in Pomona, N.J., Kenndey spent part of 2022 with the Ducks, going 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA while striking out 27 batters and walking nine over 32.2 innings of work before the Boston Red Sox organization purchased his contract.
Kenndey is ready to climb the mound again for Long Island and get right to work in 2023 for the team and faithful Duck fans.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Long Island and competing,” Kennedy said LIDucks.com. “Last year was great playing in front of great fans and for a first-class organization.”
The Red Sox bought Kenndey’s contract on May 25 and assigned him to Double-A Portland in the Eastern League. He pitched in 25 games (12 starts) with Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester, combing to go 3-6 with a 3.87 ERA, five saves and 61 strikeouts to 29 walks over 76.2 innings.
The 6-foot 28-year-old reached the Major Leagues in 2018 with the San Diego Padres. Kenndey made six starts at the big-league level, posting a 1-2 record with a 6.75 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.
The former 2015 San Diego 11th round MLB Draft pick out of Fordham University in the Bronx spent six campaigns in the Padres organization (2015-19; 2021). The Pacific Coast League named Kenndey an All-Star in 2018 with Triple-A El Paso after going 10-0 with a 2.72 ERA and he also earned Texas League Mid-Season All-Star honors in 2017 with Double-A San Antonio, going 13-7 with a 3.70 ERA.
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