Stuff-wise, Buchholz has him beaten, badly. Buchholz’ fastball has better velocity. His curve (I could call his curve the "hand of God" deuce too, huh?) and changeup are clearly superior as well. Better stuff, better momentum, a quirky delivery, great deception and an unusual release point and you have my reasons why I’d choose Clay Buchholz. Kennedy has been profiled as a No. 4/No. 5 starter at best. Even with just slightly above average stuff, I believe that he has a higher ceiling than that, with No. 4/No. 5 starter being the worst of his outcomes. I say this even though I see a lot of
Hardball Times’ Carlos Gomez has his first impressions of Ian Kennedy and Clay Buchholz, here — it’s in-depth and intense, with frame-by-frame looks at each of their deliveries. Be sure to click through.