Joe Kelly, Pitcher, Boston Red Sox, #56
Date of Birth: 6/9/1988
Birthplace: Anaheim, California
College: University of California, Riverside
Joe Kelly, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, was first drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009. He pitched in the Cardinals' minor league system from 2009 through part of 2011.
Kelly was both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher in his first two seasons (2012, 2013) with the Cardinals. In 2012, he pitched 107.0 innings in 24 games and he finished the season with a 5-7 record, 75 strikeouts to 36 walks, and a 3.53 ERA. Last year, he pitched 124.0 innings in 37 games. He finished with a 10-5 record and a 2.69 ERA.
Kelly was traded to the Red Sox on July 31, 2014. He finished the 2014 season with a 6-4 record, 66 strikeouts to 42 walks, and a 4.20 ERA in 7 games with the Cardinals and 10 games with the Red Sox.
Kelly pitched in 25 games with the Red Sox in 2015. He finished the season with a 10-6 record, 110 strikeouts to 49 walks, and a 4.82 ERA in 134.1 innings.
Kelly pitched 6 games as a starter and 14 games in relief in 2016. He finished the season with a 5.18 ERA, a 4-0 win-loss record, and 48 strikeouts to 24 walks in 40.0 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 3.2 innings in relief in 3 games and he didn't give up any hits.
Kelly pitched in 54 games as a reliever with the Red Sox in 2017. He finished the season with 4 wins and 1 loss, 52 strikeouts to 27 walks, and a 2.79 ERA in 58.0 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 2.2 innings in 2 games and he gave up 4 hits and no runs.
Career pitching statistics for Kelly through 2017 include:
- 177 games played
- 559.2 innings pitched
- 39-23 win-loss record
- 430 strikeouts to 222 walks
- 3.81 ERA
Kelly and his wife Ashley were married in November, 2013.