Shawn Kelley, Relief Pitcher, Washington Nationals, #27
Date of Birth: 4/26/1984
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky
College: Austin Peay State University
Current Salary: $5,500,000
Shawn Kelley, relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals, had Tommy John surgery in 2003 while at Austin Peay State University. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2007 and he pitched in their minor league system in 2007 and 2008.
Kelley pitched in 41 games with the Mariners in 2009 and he had a 4.50 ERA in 46.0 innings. The following season, he spent time on the DL which limited his playing time to 22 games. In 2011, he was again on the DL, pitching in just 10 games with the Mariners.
The Mariners traded Kelley to the New York Yankees in February, 2013. He pitched in 57 games in 2013 and he had a 4.39 ERA in 53.1 innings. He had similar numbers in 2014, finishing with a 4.53 ERA in 59 games.
Kelley was traded to the San Diego Padres on December 29, 2014. He finished the 2015 season with a career low ERA of 2.45 in 51.1 innings in 53 games.
Kelley signed with the Nationals on December 11, 2015. He had career highs in games played (67), innings pitched (58.0), and strikeouts (80 to 11 walks) in 2016. He finished the season with 7 saves and a 2.64 ERA. In the postseason, he pitched 1.2 innings in 2 games and he gave up one hit and no runs. He struck out three batters and walked none.
Career pitching statistics for Kelley through 2016 include:
- 356 games played
- 342.1 innings pitched
- 22-21 win-loss record
- 11 saves
- 403 strikeouts to 108 walks
- 3.50 ERA
Kelley earned a B.A. in political science from Austin Peay State University.