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Carson Kelly
Carson Kelly #19

HT
6' 2"
WT
220
AGE
24
POS
C
BAT
R
THROW
R
BORN
Jul 14, 1994 
FROM
Chicago, IL USA 
DEBUT
Sep 5, 2016  
DRAFTED
2012 
ACTIVE
YES

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2018 42 35 1 4 0 3 0 .114 .205 .114 .319
3 Seasons 131 117 7 18 0 10 0 .154 .227 .188 .415
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2018 .114 0 3 0 .319
3 Seasons .154 0 10 0 .415

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 STL NL 10 14 13 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 .154 .214 .231 .445
2017 STL NL 34 75 69 5 12 3 0 0 6 5 11 0 0 1 .174 .240 .217 .457
2018 STL NL 19 42 35 1 4 0 0 0 3 3 7 0 0 1 .114 .205 .114 .319
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2016 STL NL 14 3 6 0 0 .182 1 0 1 44 3.14 .143 .000 .000 .077 .077 0
2017 STL NL 75 15 27 0 0 .207 3 3 9 284 3.79 .147 .000 .455 .043 .043 0
2018 STL NL 42 4 17 3 0 .143 0 0 6 157 3.74 .167 .000 .429 .000 .000 0

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 20 | Arm: 60 | Field: 65 | Overall: 55

Kelly was drafted as a third baseman out of the Pacific Nothwest high school ranks, but after two summers at the hot corner, he made the move behind the plate and it's proven to be a wise one. He's developed into one of the best defensive catching prospects in the game, and with his bat catching up the past two seasons, both of which concluded with callups to St. Louis, he's turned into a potential all-around standout.

Defense will always be Kelly's calling card, with plus tools across the board. He moves well behind the plate, blocks and receives well, calls a good game and exhibits the leadership skills teams covet behind the plate. With a strong arm and quick release, he can help control the running game, having thrown out 31 percent of would-be basestealers in the Minors through 2017. At the plate, Kelly has always had good contact skills and an advanced approach, but he's impacted the ball more of late and has started tapping into his raw power.

Kelly has learned under the wing of Yadier Molina for some time now, and with the veteran signed through 2020, he should be able to do so at the big league level for the next couple of seasons. He'd be a regular elsewhere by now and will most certainly be ready to take over after Molina's contract runs out.


Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2016 44 11 0 0.0 89.3 10.5 .174 .217 .203 .210 .202 27.3 14.3 0.0
2017 284 58 0 0.0 82.0 7.7 .213 .335 .210 .273 .281 29.3 14.7 6.7
2018 157 31 2 6.5 80.9 5.4 .183 .323 .162 .264 .269 25.8 16.7 7.1
ALL 485 100 2 2.0 82.5 7.3 .200 .318 .195 .263 .268 28.0 15.3 6.1
MLB 31270 6.1 87.3 10.9 .246 .403 .317 .314 .364 34.2 21.4 8.2

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
12/05/2018 Arizona Diamondbacks traded 1B Paul Goldschmidt to St. Louis Cardinals for C Carson Kelly, RHP Luke Weaver, 2B Andy Young and Future Considerations.
09/01/2018 St. Louis Cardinals recalled C Carson Kelly from Memphis Redbirds.
06/04/2018 St. Louis Cardinals optioned C Carson Kelly to Memphis Redbirds.
05/26/2018 Carson Kelly roster status changed by St. Louis Cardinals.
05/24/2018 St. Louis Cardinals sent C Carson Kelly on a rehab assignment to Memphis Redbirds.
05/17/2018 St. Louis Cardinals placed C Carson Kelly on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to May 16, 2018. Right hamstring strain.
05/06/2018 St. Louis Cardinals recalled C Carson Kelly from Memphis Redbirds.
03/18/2018 St. Louis Cardinals optioned C Carson Kelly to Memphis Redbirds.
07/21/2017 St. Louis Cardinals recalled C Carson Kelly from Memphis Redbirds.
03/27/2017 St. Louis Cardinals optioned C Carson Kelly to Memphis Redbirds.
09/04/2016 St. Louis Cardinals selected the contract of Carson Kelly from Memphis Redbirds.
07/08/2016 Springfield Cardinals placed C Carson Kelly on the temporarily inactive list.
04/06/2016 C Carson Kelly assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Palm Beach Cardinals.
01/20/2016 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster C Carson Kelly to spring training.
04/09/2015 C Carson Kelly assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals.
02/04/2015 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster C Carson Kelly to spring training.
04/02/2014 C Carson Kelly assigned to Peoria Chiefs from State College Spikes.
01/21/2014 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster 3B Carson Kelly to spring training.
06/11/2013 3B Carson Kelly assigned to State College Spikes from Peoria Chiefs.
04/20/2013 Carson Kelly assigned to Peoria Chiefs from Johnson City Cardinals.
03/09/2013 3B Carson Kelly assigned to St. Louis Cardinals.
06/18/2012 Carson Kelly assigned to Johnson City Cardinals.
06/15/2012 St. Louis Cardinals signed IF Carson Kelly.