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Michael Kelly

RHP | OriolesBAL
Michael Kelly
Name: Michael Joseph Kelly
Born: Sep 6, 1992 in Boynton Beach, Fla. USA
High School: West Boca Raton (Fla.) HS
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 185 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (48th overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2011 (signed for $718,000)
Kelly powered West Boca to Florida's state 5-A title with his bat and his arm, throwing an 86-pitch six-hit shutout in the state semifinal in his final appearance. Scouts want him as a pitcher, and his frame is as ideal as any pitcher in the country. He's a fairly fluid athlete who is growing into his 6-foot-5, 210-pound body. Kelly entered the year with great expectations and didn't live up to them early, struggling mechanically to stay tall in his delivery and with inconsistent velocity. His body and stuff elicit comparisons to A.J. Cole, who entered 2010 as the top arm in Florida's prep ranks and wound up a fourth-rounder while still signing for $2 million. Kelly's fastball is a shade below Cole's, topping out at 94 and regularly sitting in the 89-92 mph range. He also throws a curveball and changeup that project to be average pitches but are fringe-average at present. His curve flashes the depth to be a plus pitch if he can firm up his delivery and get better extension out front. Kelly, like Cole, doesn't always attack hitters aggressively like scouts want him to, but he has gotten better as the season progressed.
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