Acquired: Drafted in the second round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (Westview High School, Portland, OR).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: .289 with six homers and 32 RBIs in 96 games between Springfield (Double-A) and Memphis (Triple-A).|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Memphis on September 4.
MLB Debut Date: 9/5/2016
|September 5, in a 12-6 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. A late-game replacement behind the plate for starting catcher Yadier Molina, he went 1-for-1 with a run scored. Coming into the game behind the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, he led off the top of the eighth with a double to center field off of reliever Antonio Bastardo and scored on Randal Grichuk’s double to left field.|
|Signed as a third baseman out of high school in 2012 and converted to catcher after the 2013 season, Kelly has still shown enough stuff to earn Baseball America’s nod as the organization’s best defensive catching prospect, and it doesn’t hurt that he is surrounded by some of the best in the business in the upper playing, coaching and managerial levels Cards system. Signed for a $1.6 million bonus, he scrapped a bit at the plate while making the transition, batting just .219 in 108 game sat Palm Beach (High-A) in 2015 but adding eight homers and 51 RBIs, after batting .248 with six homers and 49 RBIs at Peoria (Class A) in 2014 but has regained his stroke this season. While Molina (one of the key brains to be picked by the youngster) is not going anywhere yet, this is a great chance for Kelly to get his feet wet and learn from the best.|