Kenneth David Herndon
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 230 lb.
- School Gulf Coast Community College
- High School Mosely High School
- Debut April 5, 2010
Herndon was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 38th round of the 2004 amateur draft out of high school, however he didn't sign. In 2005, he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 23rd round; however, once again he did not sign. He did sign after being drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the fifth round of the 2006 amateur draft. The signing scout was Tom Kotchman.
Herndon began his professional career in 2006, going 5-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 14 starts for the Orem Owlz. He was second in the Pioneer League in ERA behind Sean O'Sullivan. In 2007, he went 13-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. He was second among Angels farmhands in wins, two behind Tim Schoeninger. He tied Duane Below and Rafael Gonzalez for the Midwest League lead in victories.
He went 3-7 with 17 saves and a 5.01 ERA in 43 games (12 starts) in 2008 for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He was third in the California League in saves despite the significant time he spent in the rotation. He had one save and a 3.12 ERA for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League that year.
In 2009, he went 5-6 with 11 saves and a 3.03 ERA in 50 relief appearances for the Arkansas Travelers. A control pitcher, Herndon only has walked 60 and thrown 4 wild pitches in his first 387 2/3 IP as a pro.