Canaries Add Bullpen Depth After Signing RHP Jimmer Kennedy

Posted: 5/27/2016

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Sioux Falls, SD- The Sioux Falls Canaries (5-2) announced on Friday afternoon that the organization has signed RHP Jimmer Kennedy to a contract for the 2016 season. To make room on the roster, the Canaries have also traded infielder Bobby Coyle Jr. to Trois Rivieries of the Can-Am League.

Kennedy enters the 2016 season with a 13-18 record and 3.44 ERA in six professional seasons. The Levittown, PA native spent the last three seasons with the Sioux City Explorers, going 9-10 with 2.84 ERA against American Association opponents. 

The right-hander put together his best statistical season of his career with the Explorers in 2015, going 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 38 relief appearances.  He allowed 18 runs (17 earned) on 46 hits, striking out a career high 61 batters over 56 2/3 innings of work. 

Kennedy played in the Australian Baseball league this past winter, making 12 relief appearances over 15 2/3 innings. He went 0-1 with 4.02 ERA while striking out 10 batters, walking eight. 

Bobby Coyle Jr. was traded toTrois-Rivieres (Can-Am League) for a player to be named later.  Coyle got off to a slow start this season, going 0-for-6 with an RBI and a strikeout in two games with the Canaries. 

Jimmer Kennedy and the Birds’ open up a three-game series against the Sioux City Explorers at 7:05 PM tonight at Mercy Field and Lewis & Clark Park.  Fans can listen to the action live on Sioux Falls Sports Radio AM-1230, FM-98.1 KWSN.  

The Canaries return to Sioux Falls Stadium on Friday, June 3rd when they open up a three-game series against their North Division rivals, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.  Contact the Canries ticket office for information regarding single game or season ticket options by calling 605-336-6060 or visit the website at www.sfcanaries.com for more information.