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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:20 am

Notebook: Kennedy absorbed Double-A wisdom

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Catcher A.J. Kennedy, who made his 12th start for the TinCaps on Monday night, played for Fort Wayne last year and returned to the team this month after spending the beginning of the year with Double-A San Antonio.

"I didn't expect that coming into the season, but moves had to be made," Kennedy said. "It was awesome to see older guys that I've looked up to. Being able to learn new things from them really helped my game."

Kennedy started 37 games behind the plate at Double-A over the past two seasons and has 25 career starts for low-A Fort Wayne and 51 at high-A Lake Elsinore. The difference, Kennedy has found, is maturity at each level.

"Each team, each player, you can tell the difference," Kennedy said. "They act real professional (at higher levels)."

Bouncing around the San Diego Padres' farm system has been a bit dizzying for Kennedy, 23, but he said being back at Parkview Field is a chance to "get my feet settled."

Cutting it Short: Before South Bend's series at Parkview Field began Monday night, the Cubs lost starting shortstop Zack Short, who was promoted to the Chicago Cubs' high-A affiliate. Short was batting .237 with seven home runs and 15 stolen bases.

Glove work: Defense was a factor in Fort Wayne's 5-1 win over South Bend. The fans offered Reinaldo Ilarraza a round applause when he made a diving stop for the second out in the top of the eighth inning. Ranging far to his left, the second baseman needed full extension to snare a chopper off the bat of South Bend's Jhonny Pereda and landed on his side. To finish the play, Ilarraza threw from his knees to first.