Merrill Kelly
Merrill Kelly
30-Year-Old PitcherSP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kelly signed with Arizona and will get a chance to win a spot in the starting rotation after three seasons playing in South Korea's top professional league. An eighth-round draft pick by Tampa Bay, he got as far as Triple-A, where he had a 2.76 ERA and 8.5 K/9 in 2014, before going overseas. Kelly thrived in the KBO with a 3.80 ERA in four seasons while leading the SK Wyverns to the 2017 championship. His 4.09 ERA from 2017 doesn't look great, but it ranked in the top 10 in a hitter-friendly league, and he had a 9.0 K/9 with outstanding control (2.1 BB/9). Kelly says his velocity improved while in South Korea to the low-90s from the high-80s while in Triple-A. He'll be trying to make a unique transition as few players have moved to Major League Baseball from the KOB, and he's also doing so without any major-league experience. He's a fantasy baseball wild card. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December of 2018. The contract includes a $4.25 million club option for 2020 and a $5.25 million club option for 2021.
Suffers second loss
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 19, 2019
Kelly (1-2) took the loss after surrendering three runs on six hits and seven walks while striking out five over 3.2 innings Friday against the Cubs.
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It's truly amazing that Kelly didn't allow more than three runs to cross the plate, considering he issued a season-high seven free passes. The Cubs got two runs in the second inning and tacked on another in the fourth, effectively ending Kelly's outing. The 30-year-old right-hander racked up 109 pitches in just under four innings of work. Kelly will search for a better result his next time out, which lines up for Wednesday against Pittsburgh.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-38%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-38%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .344 36 7 4 11 2 1 1
Since 2017vs Right .214 63 15 6 12 4 0 2
2019vs Left .344 36 7 4 11 2 1 1
2019vs Right .214 63 15 6 12 4 0 2
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-38%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-38%
ERA at Home
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.46 1.00 13.0 0 1 0 9.7 0.7 1.4
Since 2017Away 5.59 2.07 9.2 1 1 0 7.4 8.4 0.9
2019Home 3.46 1.00 13.0 0 1 0 9.7 0.7 1.4
2019Away 5.59 2.07 9.2 1 1 0 7.4 8.4 0.9
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Merrill Kelly compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). 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.
K/BB
2.20
 
K/9
8.7
 
BB/9
4.0
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
91.5 mph
 
ERA
4.37
 
WHIP
1.46
 
BABIP
.323
 
GB/FB
1.38
 
Strand %
73.3%
 
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Wade LeBlanc continues to be shaky on the mound, so a couple White Sox hitters - like Yoan Moncada - have been recommended for selection.
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Settles for no-decision
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 13, 2019
Kelly didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Padres, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings while striking out five.
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Tough-luck loss against Boston
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 7, 2019
Kelly (1-1) allowed one run on four hits in eight innings, taking the loss in a 1-0 duel against Boston. He struck out nine.
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Bags win in first start
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 1, 2019
Kelly (1-0) got the win against the Padres on Monday, giving up three earned runs on five hits over six innings, striking out three and walking two as the Diamondbacks prevailed 10-3.
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Wins rotation spot
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 24, 2019
Kelly will be the Diamondbacks' fifth starter, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
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Another strong outing
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 22, 2019
Kelly allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out three over five innings Thursday against the Angels.
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