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.
Undone by defense
PArizona Diamondbacks
July 13, 2019
Kelly (7-9) took the loss Saturday as the Diamondbacks were downed 4-2 by the Cardinals, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks over five innings while striking out five.
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Arizona errors in the first and third innings -- one of them his own -- cushioned the blow to Kelly's ERA, but the right-hander still needed 96 pitches (56 strikes) to record 15 outs, only the second time in his last nine starts he failed to complete at least six innings. Kelly will carry a 3.93 ERA and 86:31 K:BB through 110 innings into his next outing Thursday, at home against the Brewers.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .260 217 34 16 52 12 1 5
Since 2017vs Right .250 247 52 15 57 13 0 11
2019vs Left .260 217 34 16 52 12 1 5
2019vs Right .250 247 52 15 57 13 0 11
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
 
 
-35%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-35%
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 3.04 1.09 50.1 3 3 0 8.8 1.1 1.3
Since 2017Away 4.68 1.42 59.2 4 6 0 5.6 3.8 1.4
2019Home 3.04 1.09 50.1 3 3 0 8.8 1.1 1.3
2019Away 4.68 1.42 59.2 4 6 0 5.6 3.8 1.4
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 70 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.77
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
3.93
 
WHIP
1.27
 
BABIP
.293
 
GB/FB
1.24
 
Left On Base
74.8%
 
Exit Velocity
89.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.5%
 
Spin Rate
2408 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.5%
 
Swinging Strike
9.4%
 
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Posts quality start in no-decision
PArizona Diamondbacks
July 4, 2019
Kelly did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's loss at Dodger Stadium, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings while striking out two.
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Charged with loss
PArizona Diamondbacks
June 28, 2019
Kelly (7-8) was charged with the loss against the Giants on Friday after allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two over five innings.
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Strikes out nine in no-decision
PArizona Diamondbacks
June 23, 2019
Kelly allowed two runs on four hits and two walks across six innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Giants. He struck out nine.
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Winning streak snapped
PArizona Diamondbacks
June 19, 2019
Kelly (7-7) allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits while striking out five over six innings to pick up the loss against the Rockies on Tuesday.
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Shuts down Phillies for seventh win
PArizona Diamondbacks
June 13, 2019
Kelly (7-6) picked up the win Wednesday in a 2-0 victory over the Phillies, scattering three hits over 7.2 scoreless innings while striking out five.
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