Kendrick is a veteran pitcher whose biggest attribute is his experience as starter in the major leagues, from 2007-to-2015 with the Phillies and Rockies. His profile is that of a command and control, finesse pitcher, and that has played out in his numbers so far this year, with a near-elite 1.6 BB/9 over 37 minor league innings in 2017, following up a 2016 campaign where he had 1.62 BB/9 rate. Although his feel remains above average to plus, his overall stuff is declining. Kendrick works from a full windup that includes a short arm action and some effort in the delivery. He is a fly ball pitcher and is prone to the long ball, having allowed 11 home runs this season in the International League (tied for the second-most in the league as of 5/27).
His below-average fastball runs in the 87-to-91 mph range and generally sits at 89 mph, with some run and tail, and occasional two-seam life. Kendrick is effective with the fastball when can spot it on the outer margins of the strike zone. His fringe-average slider has some occasional cutter-like action, but he also throws many with a harder slurvy action, with lateral break. It’s most effective for him when he gets hitters chasing it out of the zone. His average changeup has fade and sinking action away from left-handers, but he’s also not afraid to use it versus righties. With age and career innings beginning to catch up with him, I see him at his best filling in for a second-division club as a light Role 30 starter.