Ian Patrick Kennedy (born December 19, 1984, in Huntington Beach, California) is a baseball player. He is a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is 6' 0" tall, weighs 190 pounds, and is commonly known as "Ike" or "IPK" by teammates. He throws a fastball around 90 mph (tops out at 95 mph), knuckle-curve, cutter, and an above-average changeup.
Kennedy attended La Quinta High School in Westminster, California. In his junior year, he was named CIF Division IV co-most valuable player, and earned the Orange County Register and Garden Grove League most valuable player honors, when he recorded 13 wins and led the county with a 0.38 ERA (five earned runs in 90 2/3 innings) and strikeouts (168) while batting .373 with seven home runs and 31 RBI. In his senior year, he earned All-CIF Division IV honors.
Kennedy went on to play college baseball for University of Southern California. In Kennedy's first year at USC, he went 7-2 in 16 games, with a 2.91 ERA and one save. He pitched 92⅔ innings, struck out 120, and walked 31. He also gave up 86 hits and allowed 34 runs, 30 of which were earned runs.