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Joe Kelly

28-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox

2016 Stats

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4-0

ERA

5.18

WHIP

1.70

K

48

SV

0

2017 RotoWire Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Joe Kelly teased the Red Sox in 2016 with his high-90s fastball but would often lose his mechanics, missing the strike zone, and failed to use his secondary pitches enough. In six starts, he had an ER...

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2017 ADP:  664.4

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 188   DOB: 6/9/1988   BORN: Anaheim, CA   COLLEGE: California Riverside   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Joe Kelly Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Red Sox in January of 2017.

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Joe Kelly Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2009 21 A BAT 16 2 0 30.1 33 16 0 30 11 2 3 1 4.78 1.46
2010 22 A QUA 26 18 0 103.1 102 53 3 92 45 6 8 1 0 0 4.62 1.43
2011 23 A+ PAL 11 11 0 72.2 56 21 1 62 34 5 2 0 0 0 2.60 1.25
2011 23 AA SPR 11 11 0 59.1 70 33 7 51 25 6 4 0 0 0 5.01 1.61
2012 24 AAA MEM 12 12 0 72.1 75 23 2 45 21 2 5 0 0 0 2.86 1.33
2012 24 MAJ STL 24 16 0 107.0 112 42 10 75 36 5 7 0 0 0 3.53 1.38
2013 25 MAJ STL 37 15 0 124.0 124 37 10 79 44 10 5 0 1 2 2.69 1.35
2014 26 AAA MEM 3 3 0 10.1 8 3 1 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 2.61 1.39
2014 26 MAJ STL 7 7 0 35.0 41 17 3 25 10 2 2 0 0 0 4.37 1.46
2014 26 MAJ BOS 10 10 0 61.3 47 28 5 41 32 4 2 0 0 0 4.11 1.29
2014  (Multiple Teams) 26 MAJ STL/BOS 17 17 0 96.3 88 45 8 66 42 6 4 0 0 0 4.20 1.35
2015 27 AAA PAW 4 4 0 19.0 14 6 1 18 6 1 1 0 0 0 2.84 1.05
2015 27 MAJ BOS 25 25 0 134.3 145 72 15 110 49 10 6 0 0 0 4.82 1.44
2016 28 A LOW 3 0 0 4.0 4 2 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.50 1.25
2016 28 AAA PAW 3 4 0 35.0 29 6 1 46 6 1 1 2 0 0 1.54 1.00
2016 28 MAJ BOS 20 6 0 40.0 44 23 5 48 24 4 0 0 1 2 5.18 1.70
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3-Year Averages     20 16 0 90.2 92 46 9 74 38 6 3 0 0 0 4.59 1.44
Career  (View All)     123 79 0 501.7 513 219 48 378 195 35 22 0 3.93 1.41

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Joe Kelly Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Oct. 1 Tor 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.18 1.70
Sep. 28 @NYY 0.7 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 5.45 1.79
Sep. 25 @TB 2.7 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 5.30 1.79
Sep. 23 @TB 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 5.71 1.88
Sep. 18 NYY 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 5.88 1.93
Sep. 15 NYY 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 6.00 1.94
Sep. 13 Bal 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 6.19 1.91
Sep. 10 @Tor 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 6.60 1.97
Sep. 6 @SD 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 6.83 2.00
Sep. 5 @SD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.07 2.04
Sep. 2 @Oak 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.33 2.11
Last 14 Games (Team)
5 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.4 IP/G
7.0 4 1 1 1 0 9 0 0 0 1-0 0 1 2 1.29 0.57
Last 30 Games (Team)
11 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.3 IP/G
14.0 9 1 1 1 3 20 0 0 0 2-0 0 1 2 0.64 0.86
Last 60 Games (Team)
11 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.3 IP/G
14.0 9 1 1 1 3 20 0 0 0 2-0 0 1 2 0.64 0.86

Joe Kelly Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201667151314203.269
20153016022701545.255
2014222333046423.243

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2016121331130722.283
201528650277510110.298
2014193331242625.246

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201619.3300221211.401.34
201571.0630612364.691.45
201435.7220241523.791.35

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201620.7100261248.712.03
201563.3430492694.971.44
201460.7420422764.451.35
Joe Kelly Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2009 21 A BAT 16 2 30.1 8.97 3.29 2.73 0.00 63.6% 4.78 2.30 .376
2010 22 A QUA 26 18 103.1 8.03 3.93 2.04 0.26 65.3% 4.62 3.31 .333
2011 23 A+ PAL 11 11 72.2 7.73 4.24 1.82 0.12 77.5% 2.60 3.41 .280
2011 23 AA SPR 11 11 59.1 7.77 3.81 2.04 1.07 70.5% 5.01 4.54 .353
2012 24 AAA MEM 12 12 72.1 5.62 2.62 2.14 0.25 77.7% 2.86 3.35 .316
2012 24 MAJ STL 24 16 107.0 6.31 3.03 2.08 0.84 1.84 76.8% 94.4 MPH 3.53 4.11 .310
2013 25 MAJ STL 37 15 124.0 5.73 3.19 1.80 0.73 1.91 82.9% 94.9 MPH 2.69 4.16 .296
2014 26 AAA MEM 3 3 10.1 3.56 5.35 0.67 0.89 84.6% 2.61 5.48 .222
2014 26 MAJ STL 7 7 35.0 6.43 2.57 2.50 0.77 2.63 70.8% 94.7 MPH 4.37 4.00 .340
2014 26 MAJ BOS 10 10 61.3 6.02 4.70 1.28 0.73 2.35 68.9% 94.7 MPH 4.11 4.68 .241
2014  (Multiple Teams) 26 MAJ STL/BOS 17 17 96.3 6.17 3.92 1.57 0.75 2.45 69.7% 94.7 MPH 4.20 4.26 .280
2015 27 AAA PAW 4 4 19.0 8.53 2.84 3.00 0.47 73.7% 2.84 3.09 .268
2015 27 MAJ BOS 25 25 134.3 7.37 3.28 2.24 1.00 1.61 68.2% 95.4 MPH 4.82 4.24 .326
2016 28 A LOW 3 0 4.0 11.25 2.25 5.00 0.00 60% 4.50 1.45 .389
2016 28 AAA PAW 3 4 35.0 11.83 1.54 7.67 0.26 85.3% 1.54 1.54 .347
2016 28 MAJ BOS 20 6 40.0 10.80 5.40 2.00 1.13 2.12 71.4% 96.3 MPH 5.18 4.38 .376
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3-Year Averages     20 16 90.2 7.38 3.79 1.95 0.90 69.4% 4.59 4.12 .315
Career     123 79 501.7 6.78 3.50 1.94 0.86 74.1% 3.93 4.14 .310

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2016 Stat Review for Joe Kelly    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.00 K/BB
POOR
10.80 K/9
ELITE
5.40 BB/9
TERRIBLE
96.3 MPH Fastball
ELITE
1.1 HR/9
AVERAGE
2.12 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

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5.18 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.70 WHIP
TERRIBLE
4.38 FIP
WEAK
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.376 BABIP
HIGH
71.4% Strand Rate
BELOW AVERAGE

2017 Projected Stats Breakdown for Joe Kelly

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Joe Kelly: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kelly (4-0) pitched the final 2.2 innings in Boston's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rays on Sunday. He allowed two hits and struck out four.

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Kelly was credited with the win Thursday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Boston's 7-5 walk-off win over the Yankees. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two.

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Kelly was used in the eighth inning of Boston's 2-1 loss to San Diego on Monday. He struck out two Padres in his scoreless inning.

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The Red Sox recalled Kelly from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

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Kelly will be called up to Boston on Friday and join the Red Sox in Oakland, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

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Kelly has allowed one run on five hits without a walk while striking out 11 in eight innings since he was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket at the beginning of August.

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Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

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Kelly had a one-pitch appearance Tuesday, retiring Detroit's Ian Kinsler on a slider in Boston's 9-8 loss, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports.

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Kelly allowed a run on two hits in one inning of relief in Monday night's 4-2 loss to Detroit. He didn't walk nor strike out a batter.

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2016

Kelly has intoxicating velocity that keeps him interesting even as he continues to pile up mediocre results. He looked good in 2012-13, but his best work was done in the bullpen while he lucked into good results as a starter despite a 1.6 K/BB ratio in 31 starts. He's been a full-time starter since and the mediocrity has shown itself clearly with a 4.57 ERA and 1.9 K/BB ratio in 231 innings. His best secondary pitch is a changeup that helps him neutralize lefties with just a 29-point platoon split. The problem is that he just allows too much contact leaving him open to variance like the .274 to .320 BABIP jump we saw in 2015. Further exacerbating the issue is that his strikeout pitch - the slider - gets lit up any time it doesn't generate a strikeout (.908 OPS, 33% K rate since 2014). There are some intriguing elements, but his MLB work marries well with his minor league track record so it's hard to project a major jump for him as a starter.

2015

Kelly posted a 2.69 ERA over 37 appearances 15 starts in 2013 and opened last season as the Cardinals' fifth starter. There were red flags, particularly with his strikeout and walk rates, as Kelly's xFIP in 2013 (4.19) indicated that a sub-3.00 simply wasn't sustainable. That proved to be true, and while Kelly pitched reasonably well, he was sidelined after three starts by a hamstring injury that kept him out of action for three months. Upon his return, he was hit hard and then traded to Boston in the John Lackey deal. With Boston's starting rotation decimated by trades and the team relying on young starting prospects, the 26-year-old Kelly became the team's No. 2 starter. Even with the offseason changes in the rotation, Kelly is expected to begin the year with one of the five starting spots. He may be ideally suited for the bullpen, where his fastball will have even more velocity (he averaged 94.7 mph on the pitch in 2014) and he won't have to rely as much on his secondary offerings.

2014

Kelly started the season as a long-relief arm out of the bullpen before getting a shot in the rotation at the start of July. Kelly took the opportunity and ran with it, posting an 11-2 record with a 2.32 ERA over his final 14 starts. Despite an excellent showing in the rotation for the Cardinals, Kelly's role for the start of 2014 is murky. The Cardinals have a talented group of young arms to put behind ace Adam Wainwright and Kelly is a good bet to make the rotation next season, but it's far from a guarantee that he will stick if he ends up solidifying a spot when spring training breaks in March.

2013

Kelly started 16 games for the Cardinals last year and threw eight in relief, where he was far more successful. In 91.1 innings as a starter, he had a respectable 3.74 ERA but a not-as-respectable 1.41 WHIP and 59:32 K:BB. Meanwhile, as a reliever, he threw 15.2 innings and finished with a 2.30 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 16:4 K:BB ratio. Naturally, the Cardinals are planning on using him as a starter this year. He's still just 24, and has room to grow, but it would be nice to see the K:BB ratio improve a bit before throwing him into the rotation for good.