10. Casey Kelly, SP, San Diego Padres
Another PETCO prospect
Kelly is best known for being involved in the blockbuster trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez from San Diego to Boston before the 2011 season. Before that, Kelly was the 30th overall pick of the Red Sox in the 2008 draft. Despite missing three-plus months with an elbow injury, he had a fine year in the minors at three different stops (3.35 ERA and 39 K's in 37 2/3 innings). In six starts with the Friars, he didn't fare as well (6.21 ERA and 26 K's in 29 frames).
The 23-year-old right-hander ranges between 90-95 mph with his fastball, and he also utilizes a sinker and a curveball that continues to impress scouts. He doesn't have overpowering stuff for a guy with a 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame, but what he lacks in velocity, he makes up for in movement. His fastball has hard-biting sink to it, and he spots it effectively on both sides of the plate. Kelly also has a smooth, easily repeatable delivery that has limited his base on balls to a minimum (just three in 37 2/3 innings last year).
Elbow ailments to Cory Luebke and Tim Stauffer have opened the door for two spots in the rotation this spring, and Kelly is firmly involved in the competition for one of those spots. For him to win a job, though, the Friars would like to see improvement in his secondary pitches. At the end of the day, even if Kelly doesn't start in SD's opening day rotation, he'll be pitching at PETCO Park at some point in 2013. Keep him on your radar in National League-only and deep mixed formats. We've all seen the benefits most pitchers enjoy while pitching at the pitching-friendly PETCO atmosphere, and Kelly should be no different.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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