Kennedy hopes to pitch in the minors this season after an encouraging workout session in which he "delivered 25 pitches off a mini-mound" at the Yanks' spring training complex in Tampa, the Associated Press reports.
Wait a second. He threw 25 pitches from a ... mini-mound?
What the heck is a mini-mound? Is it exactly like a mound-mound except one-eighth its full size?
Is it like the putt-putt golf?
Did they make him throw a fluorescent orange baseball through a windmill, or a clown's nose, or a haunted house?
Did Yankees scouts take notes with little pencils that have no erasers?
When Kennedy is ready to face live hitting, will batters swing those shorty ambidextrous putters?
OK, enough miniature golf allusions. A "mini-mound" is just like a regular 10-inch pitching mound, but half its size. Kennedy isn't throwing from flat ground, but he's not progressed to the top of the hill yet.
I like this apparently new innovation. I hope the ad wizard who came up with it made an announcement like this:
"I shall call it ... Mini-Mound."