The Phillies pitcher saw early and unexpected success in 2007, but the then 22-year-old Kendrick had a reality check when he was sent down to the minors when a change in production and attitude occurred. After his off-season training at IMG Academy with mental conditioning specialist Josh Lifrak and physical conditioning with performance specialist Blaine Bott, Kendrick is beginning to earn his spot on the Phillies' squad. Read all about his resurgence at Philly.com:
Remarkably and to his everlasting credit, he has. Spring- training stories about optimism and catharsis should always be regarded with skepticism, but for Kendrick, the change is real.
His gait in the clubhouse, his temperament during games, and his ability to tune out distractions are all new, and all grew out of struggle in 2009. The sharp turnaround came just in time to save the 25-year-old's chances of succeeding again for the Phillies.