Kenneth Robert Carlyle
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
- School University of Mississippi
Ken Carlyle pitched for five seasons in AAA yet never made the major leagues.
The Cincinnati Reds took Carlyle in the 9th round of the 1990 amateur draft; he was their highest pick that year not to sign. Returning to Mississippi, he went 9-4 with a 2.57 ERA, walking 16 in 81 innings. He was fourth in the Southeastern Conference in ERA. He followed with a 8-4, 3.26 campaign in 1992 to finish as the school's all-time leader with 27 wins. The Detroit Tigers chose him in the fourth round of the 1992 amateur draft, the second pitcher they selected that year after Rick Greene.
He split the summer of 1992 between the Niagara Falls Rapids (1 R, 9 K in 6 IP, 1-0) and Fayetteville Generals (8-4, 1.92). Coming off his college campaign, he had 17 wins in a year's span. Baseball America rated him as Detroit's #8 prospect, just ahead of Chris Gomez. In '93, he dropped 16 games against only six wins in a reversal of fortune. He was with the London Tigers (4-6, 3.69) and Toledo Mud Hens (2-10, 6.42). He led Detroit minor leaguers in both losses and walks (71).
Trying to piece things back together, Kenny was with the Trenton Thunder (3-9, 4.10) and Toledo (1-0, 4.07) in 1994. He was 8-8 with a 4.33 ERA for Toledo in 1995. Dropped down to AA, he had a 8-5, 4.05 record for the 1996 Jacksonville Suns; the team won the Southern League title. From 1997-1999, Carlyle pitched in the Atlanta Braves system while also coaching at Brevard County Community College in 1997-1998. He had records of 4-1, 2.84 for the 1997 Richmond Braves, 6-12, 5.17 for the 1998 club and 1-6, 5.93 for the 1999 Greenville Drive. He led the 1998 International League with 30 starts and his 206 hits allowed were five behind leader Calvin Maduro.
Carlyle was an assistant coach at Greensboro College in 2001, then was head coach from 2002-2009, going 164-152 and finishing second in school history in wins. He resigned the position to become a sports agent.