Kyle Rodney Kendrick (born August 26, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was born in Houston, Texas, but attended high school in Mount Vernon, Washington. While growing up, he was greatly influenced by his father, from whom he developed his composure when pitching. Upon graduation, he turned down a scholarship to play college football, instead signing a contract to begin his professional baseball career in the Phillies' organization. After a slow ascent through the lower levels of the Phillies' minor league system, he made his MLB debut in 2007, and was a member of the starting rotation of the 2008 World Series Champion team.
Subsequently, he was demoted to the minor leagues to develop secondary pitches. From 2010 until 2012, his role on the big-league squad frequently fluctuated, but overall, was an underrated member of the pitching staff, according to several writers. Nevertheless, he drew the ire of Phillies fans, who were tired of his inconsistency during the course of his career. After a successful 2012 campaign, however, he firmly implanted himself in the Phillies' starting rotation before the 2013 season. Again in 2013, though, he was inconsistent, and entering 2014, some suggested he should be traded to another team.
His pitching style is characterized by his poise on the mound that allows him to "go with the flow" of the game. He predominantly throws a sinker, and mixes in some secondary pitches in which he lacks confidence. He is married, has two children, and lives in Snohomish County, Washington during the offseason.
By Dean Hanley
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