Carson Kelly
Carson Kelly
24-Year-Old CatcherC
St. Louis Cardinals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Catching prospects should essentially be considered guilty of being replacement-level fantasy options until proven innocent. Kelly was seen by almost every outlet as one of the top catching prospects in baseball entering the 2017 season. We all knew he would find it hard to get consistent playing time behind Yadier Molina on the organizational depth chart, but the idea of a big-league-ready catcher who could hit for a decent average with some pop was appealing, even in limited at-bats. Not only was Kelly held down at Triple-A for much of the season so that he could get regular at-bats, but he now has a career .171 average with zero home runs in 89 MLB plate appearances. He hit well again at Triple-A, but finds himself in the same situation as a year ago -- behind a well-paid legend on a contender. The Cardinals also have another catching prospect in Andrew Knizner who is getting close to the majors and may be a better version of Kelly. At least this season Kelly figures to spend the whole year in the majors. Read Past Outlooks
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Drives in run vs. Tigers
CSt. Louis Cardinals
September 9, 2018
Kelly went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's 5-2 victory over Detroit.
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Kelly drew the start behind the dish with Yadier Molina day-to-day due to a hamstring issue. Kelly has seen little playing time in 2018, appearing in 16 games and batting .138 with three RBI. He figures to serve in a bench role down the stretch of the regular season as the Cardinals fight for a playoff berth.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+106%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+73%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .408 25 2 0 1 0 .167 .200 .208
Since 2016vs Right .416 106 5 0 9 0 .151 .233 .183
2018vs Left .182 11 1 0 1 0 .091 .091 .091
2018vs Right .375 31 0 0 2 0 .125 .250 .125
2017vs Left .282 11 0 0 0 0 .100 .182 .100
2017vs Right .487 64 5 0 6 0 .186 .250 .237
2016vs Left 1.667 3 1 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.000
2016vs Right .091 11 0 0 1 0 .000 .091 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+78%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+39%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+51%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .287 59 2 0 3 0 .080 .207 .080
Since 2016Away .512 72 5 0 7 0 .209 .243 .269
2018Home .250 17 1 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2018Away .348 25 0 0 3 0 .174 .174 .174
2017Home .358 35 1 0 2 0 .129 .229 .129
2017Away .539 40 4 0 4 0 .211 .250 .289
2016Home .000 7 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Away .929 7 1 0 0 0 .333 .429 .500
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How does Carson Kelly compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.143
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.114
 
OBP
.205
 
SLG
.114
 
OPS
.319
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2015
After performing as an above league-average hitter at Double-A (115 wRC+) and essentially a league-average hitter at Triple-A (98 wRC+), Kelly earned his first trip to the majors when rosters expanded in September. During his time with the big club, he went 2-for-14 across 10 games. He was also extremely impressive in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .286/.387/.455 with three home runs and a 4:13 K:BB in 94 plate appearances. While it was exciting to see Kelly climb his way through the ranks of the Cardinals organization, Yadier Molina remains the unquestioned starting catcher in St. Louis. Kelly will compete with veteran Eric Fryer for the backup catcher spot in camp and may return to Memphis in order to continue to see the workload of a No. 1 catcher. If Molina were to get hurt, however, Kelly would figure to see the bulk of the action behind the dish and would become relevant in all two-catcher formats.
In his first full season as a catching prospect, Kelly struggled to make an impact with Low-A Peoria. Kelly still holds a ton of potential as he's been playing professionally since he was 17. He's managed in increase his walk rate and decrease his strikeout rate each year since turning pro. Learning a new position is never easy, and catcher may be the most difficult so some growing pains are to be expected. Still the Cardinals brass along with Mike Matheny are impressed with his rapid improvement. Kelly will work with the Cardinals this winter to help improve his workout strategy. He's still one of the team's better prospects, but is likely several years away from helping in St. Louis.
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Called up by Cardinals
CSt. Louis Cardinals
September 1, 2018
Kelly was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
CSt. Louis Cardinals
June 4, 2018
Kelly was sent down to Triple-A Memphis on Monday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
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Struggling since DL return
CSt. Louis Cardinals
June 3, 2018
Kelly, who went 0-for-2 with a walk in a win over the Pirates on Saturday, is hitless in seven at-bats overall across the four games he's played since returning from a stint on the disabled list.
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Activated from disabled list
CSt. Louis Cardinals
May 26, 2018
Kelly (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Saturday.
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Set for rehab stint
CSt. Louis Cardinals
Hamstring
May 23, 2018
Kelly (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Thursday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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