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Carson Kelly

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Carson Kelly
Name: Carson Franklin Kelly
Born: Jul 14, 1994 in Portland, Ore. USA
High School: Westview HS, Portland, Ore.
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (86th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 (signed for $1,600,000)
Oregon hasn't produced a high school player in the first three rounds since 1998 when righthander Steve Bechler went to the Orioles, but Kelly has the talent to end that streak. He is a two-way player, but more scouts prefer him as a position player. He's a below-average runner, but his other tools are solid. Kelly has a strong build and is already pretty well filled out. He has a nice line-drive stroke with good loft and power potential. He's not flashy, but he's a steady defender at third base and has a strong arm. Some teams would like to try Kelly behind the plate. On the mound, he sits in the 90-92 mph range and throws a curveball and changeup. The Oregon recruit is young for the class and won't turn 18 until mid-July but shows excellent maturity and leadership.
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