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Casey Kelly | Relief Pitcher | #55

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (30) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Braves optioned RHP Casey Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Kelly drew the start against Philadelphia on Sunday before logging four innings in a relief appearance Wednesday versus the Brewers. The 26-year-old will do plenty of traveling between Atlanta and Gwinnett this year. Chris Withrow was called up to take his roster spot. May 26 - 5:50 PM

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Casey Kelly pitched well enough in his first start of the season, surrendering three runs on seven hits over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

Kelly wasn't exactly dominating the Phillies, but he managed to limit the damage. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out one and walked one on the afternoon. Prior to earning the promotion, he held a 2.63 ERA with a 29/20 K/BB ratio across 37 2/3 innings with Triple-A Gwinnett. His next scheduled start would come against the Marlins at home, but nothing is guaranteed to this point. Regardless, there is no fantasy intrigue here.
May 22 - 5:53 PM

The Braves have confirmed Casey Kelly will start Sunday against the Phillies.

Joel De La Cruz will be sent down in the corresponding roster move. Sunday was supposed to be Aaron Blair's turn in the rotation but he was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this week. Kelly owns a 2.63 ERA in seven minor league outings this year. He made a relief appearance for the Braves earlier this season, allowing one earned run over three innings of work.
May 21 - 8:40 PM

Casey Kelly is expected to be recalled to start on Sunday in Philadelphia.

The former top prospect made a relief appearance for the Braves earlier this season, but this will be his first start for them. Kelly has posted a 2.63 ERA and 29/20 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings at Triple-A Gwinnett this season. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
May 20 - 6:00 PM

Braves optioned RHP Casey Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Kelly was needed for three innings on Friday and would have been unavailable for the next couple of days, which prompted the need for a fresh arm in the bullpen. He should be back with the big league club before long.
Apr 23 - 10:14 AM

Braves recalled RHP Casey Kelly from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Kelly was excellent in his last start at Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, firing seven shutout innings. He'll work in long relief for the Braves initially but could see some looks out of the rotation down the road.
Apr 20 - 2:54 PM

Braves RHP prospect Casey Kelly fired seven shutout innings Saturday in a win for Triple-A Gwinnett.

It was his longest outing since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2013. Kelly threw 87 pitches, finishing with one walk and four strikeouts. The 26-year-old began his career in the Boston organization in 2008 but was traded to San Diego in 2010 and again to Atlanta five years later. He made three appearances in the big leagues last season, recording a 7.94 ERA in three appearances for the Padres.
Apr 17 - 3:57 PM

Braves optioned RHPs Casey Kelly, Daniel Burawa, Tyrell Jenkins and INF Daniel Castro to Triple-A Gwinnett; optioned RHP Mauricio Cabrera to Double-A Mississippi; reassigned RHPs Chris Ellis, Madison Younginer, LHPs David Holmberg, Sean Newcomb and INFs Rio Ruiz, Nate Freiman and Chase d'Arnaud to minor league camp.

It's the first massive round of cuts that the Braves have made this spring, but there are no huge surprises in the group. Kelly should get a chance with the big league club at some point during the upcoming season and Nate Freiman could have a role if Freddie Freeman continues to battle wrist issues.
Mar 12 - 2:08 PM

Braves acquired RHP Casey Kelly and C Ricardo Rodriguez from the Padres for C Christian Bethancourt.

Kelly was a regular on prospect lists for years prior to Tommy John surgery in 2013, and he's struggled to live up to the expectations since the procedure. Last season, the 26-year-old had a 7.94 ERA in 11 1/3 innings with the Padres, only posting a moderately better 5.16 ERA in the minors. The Braves are throwing a dart with this one, but in a loaded system the pressure on Kelly to succeed is low.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 09:24:00 PM

Casey Kelly was tagged for six runs -- three earned -- in 4 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Kelly didn't give himself something to build on next year with this one, but at least he managed to finish the season healthy. He should have a chance to compete for the fifth spot in San Diego's rotation next spring.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 12:56:00 AM

Making his first major league start since 2012, Casey Kelly gave up six runs in five innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Well, the good news is that Kelly actually retired 11 straight batters after A.J. Pollock's grand slam made it 6-0 in the second inning. Just getting back out on a big-league mound and competing is a big step for him after all he's gone through in his Tommy John rehab. The strong finish tonight gives him something to build off if he makes one more start next week.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 01:28:00 AM

Casey Kelly will start on Friday against the Diamondbacks.

It's not clear how many starts Kelly will be given this month, but he should get more if he fares well Friday. The former top prospect has battled elbow issues in recent years and posted a 5.16 ERA over 97 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 09:39:00 AM

Padres recalled RHP Casey Kelly from Triple-A El Paso.

Kelly is finally back in the majors after dealing with a multitude of elbow issues over the last couple years. The former top prospect put up a 5.16 ERA over 97 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He will be given a chance to start this month.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Casey Kelly (elbow) will make his first start of the season for Double-A San Antonio on Thursday.

It will be just his fifth start since he had Tommy John surgery in 2013, as Kelly has battled elbow issues during his recovery. He's posted a 3.79 ERA over 14 relief appearances in the minors this season as the Padres attempt to ease him back into things. Injuries have posed a major roadblock for the former top prospect, but he's still just 25.
Tue, May 26, 2015 08:32:00 PM

Casey Kelly (groin) threw a scoreless inning in his Cactus League debut Saturday.

Kelly was sidelined by a groin injury this spring after not having pitched in the majors since 2012 due to Tommy John surgery. Kelly finally got into game action Saturday, needing just seven pitches to dispose of his three hitters. The former top prospect will likely begin the year at Triple-A, but assuming he can stay healthy he could be in the majors at some point in 2015.
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 08:27:00 PM

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C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Kelly Johnson
2Daniel Castro
3Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1Gordon Beckham
2Adonis Garcia
LF1Mallex Smith
2Hector Olivera
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Matt Wisler
3Williams Perez
4Michael Foltynewicz
5Manny Banuelos
6Aaron Blair
7Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jason Grilli
3Jim Johnson
4Alexi Ogando
5Eric O'Flaherty
6Hunter Cervenka
7Bud Norris
8Ian Krol
9Joel de la Cruz
10Paco Rodriguez
11Daniel Winkler
12Andrew McKirahan