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Joe Kelly

30-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox

2018 Stats

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3-0

ERA

4.20

WHIP

1.18

K

41

SV

2

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Kelly was coming off of what was arguably the worst statistical season of his career in 2016 (5.18 ERA over 40 innings), but the veteran reliever twirled a dominant final month of the season which hel...

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2018 ADP:  489.45

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Joe Kelly Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $3.83 million contract with the Red Sox in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.

July 15, 2018  –  Joe Kelly News

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Kelly allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Blue Jays.

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Joe Kelly Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2009 21 A BAT 16 2 0 30.1 33 16 0 30 11 2 3 1 4.78 1.46
2010 22 A QUA 26 18 0 103.1 102 53 3 92 45 6 8 1 0 0 4.62 1.43
2011 23 A+ PAL 11 11 0 72.2 56 21 1 62 34 5 2 0 0 0 2.60 1.25
2011 23 AA SPR 11 11 0 59.1 70 33 7 51 25 6 4 0 0 0 5.01 1.61
2012 24 AAA MEM 12 12 0 72.1 75 23 2 45 21 2 5 0 0 0 2.86 1.33
2012 24 MAJ STL 24 16 0 107.0 112 42 10 75 36 5 7 0 0 0 3.53 1.38
2013 25 MAJ STL 37 15 0 124.0 124 37 10 79 44 10 5 0 1 2 2.69 1.35
2014 26 AAA MEM 3 3 0 10.1 8 3 1 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 2.61 1.39
2014 26 MAJ BOS 10 10 0 61.3 47 28 5 41 32 4 2 0 0 0 4.11 1.29
2014 26 MAJ STL 7 7 0 35.0 41 17 3 25 10 2 2 0 0 0 4.37 1.46
2014  (Multiple Teams) 26 MAJ BOS/STL 17 17 0 96.3 88 45 8 66 42 6 4 0 0 0 4.20 1.35
2015 27 AAA PAW 4 4 0 19.0 14 6 1 18 6 1 1 0 0 0 2.84 1.05
2015 27 MAJ BOS 25 25 0 134.3 145 72 15 110 49 10 6 0 0 0 4.82 1.44
2016 28 A LOW 3 0 0 4.0 4 2 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.50 1.25
2016 28 AAA PAW 3 4 0 35.0 29 6 1 46 6 1 1 2 0 0 1.54 1.00
2016 28 MAJ BOS 20 6 0 40.0 44 23 5 48 24 4 0 0 1 2 5.18 1.70
2017 29 AAA PAW 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
2017 29 MAJ BOS 54 0 0 58.0 42 18 3 52 27 4 1 0 4 13 2.79 1.19
2018 30 MAJ BOS 44 0 0 40.7 28 19 3 41 20 3 0 2 3 18 4.20 1.18
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3-Year Averages     33 10 0 77.4 77 37 7 70 33 6 2 0 1 5 4.30 1.42
Career  (View All)     221 79 0 600.3 583 256 54 471 242 42 23 2 3.84 1.37

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Joe Kelly Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Jul. 22 @Det 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.20 1.18
Jul. 14 Tor 0.7 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 4.31 1.16
Jul. 13 Tor 0.0 2 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.92 1.10
Jul. 10 Tex 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.23 1.05
Jul. 9 Tex 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 3.32 1.08
Jul. 7 @KC 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.41 1.08
Jul. 4 @Was 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 3.47 1.10
Jul. 2 @Was 0.7 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 3.57 1.13
Jun. 28 LAA 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 3.38 1.10
Jun. 27 LAA 0.7 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 3.21 1.04
Jun. 24 Sea 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.00 0.97
Jun. 22 Sea 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.09 1.00
Jun. 19 @Min 0.0 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.19 1.00
Jun. 14 @Sea 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.61 0.90
Jun. 12 @Bal 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.70 0.90
Jun. 11 @Bal 1.3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.73 0.91
Jun. 9 CWS 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.86 0.92
Jun. 2 @Hou 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.96 0.95
Jun. 1 @Hou 0.3 2 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.73 0.91
May. 29 Tor 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.73 0.77
May. 26 Atl 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.82 0.81
May. 25 Atl 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.90 0.85
May. 23 @TB 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.99 0.84
May. 22 @TB 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.08 0.88
May. 19 Bal 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.11 0.89
May. 16 Oak 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.21 0.93
Last 14 Games (Team)
7 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.8 IP/G
5.3 5 5 5 0 3 5 1 0 0 0-0 0 1 2 8.44 1.50
Last 30 Games (Team)
13 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.7 IP/G
9.7 13 11 10 1 7 9 1 0 0 0-0 0 2 4 9.31 2.07
Last 60 Games (Team)
26 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.8 IP/G
21.3 17 15 14 3 13 19 2 0 0 1-0 0 2 14 5.91 1.41

Joe Kelly Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20187420411211.157
201794222016101.222
201667151314203.269

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201891211417302.230
201714430726602.191
2016121331130722.283

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201817.000015503.711.00
201727.7200221224.551.37
201619.3300221211.401.34

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201822.7302261334.761.28
201730.3210301511.191.02
201620.7100261248.712.03
Joe Kelly vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Joe Kelly Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2009 21 A BAT 16 2 30.1 8.97 3.29 2.73 0.00 63.6% 4.78 2.30 .376
2010 22 A QUA 26 18 103.1 8.03 3.93 2.04 0.26 65.3% 4.62 3.31 .333
2011 23 A+ PAL 11 11 72.2 7.73 4.24 1.82 0.12 77.5% 2.60 3.41 .280
2011 23 AA SPR 11 11 59.1 7.77 3.81 2.04 1.07 70.5% 5.01 4.54 .353
2012 24 AAA MEM 12 12 72.1 5.62 2.62 2.14 0.25 77.7% 2.86 3.35 .316
2012 24 MAJ STL 24 16 107.0 6.31 3.03 2.08 0.84 1.84 76.8% 94.4 MPH 3.53 4.11 .310
2013 25 MAJ STL 37 15 124.0 5.73 3.19 1.80 0.73 1.91 82.9% 94.9 MPH 2.69 4.16 .296
2014 26 AAA MEM 3 3 10.1 3.56 5.35 0.67 0.89 84.6% 2.61 5.48 .222
2014 26 MAJ BOS 10 10 61.3 6.02 4.70 1.28 0.73 2.35 68.9% 94.7 MPH 4.11 4.68 .241
2014 26 MAJ STL 7 7 35.0 6.43 2.57 2.50 0.77 2.63 70.8% 94.7 MPH 4.37 4.00 .340
2014  (Multiple Teams) 26 MAJ BOS/STL 17 17 96.3 6.17 3.92 1.57 0.75 2.45 69.7% 94.7 MPH 4.20 4.26 .280
2015 27 AAA PAW 4 4 19.0 8.53 2.84 3.00 0.47 73.7% 2.84 3.09 .268
2015 27 MAJ BOS 25 25 134.3 7.37 3.28 2.24 1.00 1.61 68.2% 95.4 MPH 4.82 4.24 .326
2016 28 A LOW 3 0 4.0 11.25 2.25 5.00 0.00 60% 4.50 1.45 .389
2016 28 AAA PAW 3 4 35.0 11.83 1.54 7.67 0.26 85.3% 1.54 1.54 .347
2016 28 MAJ BOS 20 6 40.0 10.80 5.40 2.00 1.13 2.12 71.4% 96.3 MPH 5.18 4.38 .376
2017 29 AAA PAW 1 0 1.0 9.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 1.20 .000
2017 29 MAJ BOS 54 0 58.0 8.07 4.19 1.93 0.47 2.19 77.3% 99.0 MPH 2.79 3.53 .259
2018 30 MAJ BOS 44 0 40.7 9.07 4.43 2.05 0.66 1.79 64.4% 97.8 MPH 4.20 3.84 .253
Today's Projections     0 0 .4 9.41 3.49 2.69 0.74 72.9% 3.66 0.15 .312
Next 7 Days     0 0 3.2 9.12 4.20 2.17 0.71 72.9% 3.83 3.60 .310
Rest Of Season     0 0 26.3 8.46 4.09 2.07 0.73 72.4% 3.87 3.73 .301
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3-Year Averages     33 10 77.4 8.13 3.84 2.12 0.81 70.9% 4.30 3.85 .321
Career     221 79 600.3 7.06 3.63 1.95 0.81 73.8% 3.84 4.05 .302

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Joe Kelly Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
P 2017 58 2 - 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2018 39.7 0 - 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Joe Kelly    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.05 K/BB
POOR
9.07 K/9
AVERAGE
4.43 BB/9
POOR
97.8 MPH Fastball
ELITE
0.7 HR/9
GOOD
1.79 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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4.20 ERA
POOR
1.18 WHIP
GOOD
3.84 FIP
WEAK
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.253 BABIP
LOW
64.4% Strand Rate
LOW

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Joe Kelly: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kelly, who had left his previous outing after experiencing lightheadedness, threw a scoreless eighth inning in Monday's 5-0 win over Texas. He allowed a hit and struck out two.

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Kelly (illness) was available out of the bullpen during Sunday's 7-4 win over the Royals.

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Kelly left Saturday's game because he was feeling lightheaded, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. He's still being evaluated.

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Kelly left Saturday's game with an apparent injury, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

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Kelly walked one and struck out one over a scoreless inning to log his eighth hold of the season in Friday's 6-2 win over Atlanta.

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Kelly got the save against the Blue Jays on Sunday, allowing no baserunners with no walks or strikeouts in a clean ninth inning to close out Boston's 5-3 victory.

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Kelly (suspension) was reinstated to the Red Sox's active roster prior to Wednesday's game, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

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Kelly, who began serving a six-game suspension Thursday, has held left-handed batters to one hit over 20 at-bats.

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Kelly's six-game suspension was upheld and he will begin to serve it Thursday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

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Kelly will be suspended six games and fined for his role in Wednesday's altercation against the Yankees, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

Joe Kelly teased the Red Sox in 2016 with his high-90s fastball but would often lose his mechanics, missing the strike zone, and failed to use his secondary pitches enough. In six starts, he had an ERA of 8.46 while giving up 31 hits and 19 walks in 22.1 innings. He was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, where the organization decided to transition him to a reliever, a role for which many in MLB thought he was best suited. He took to it quite well, posting a 0.56 ERA in 13 appearances with the PawSox. Kelly continued to be effective when called up in September, putting up a 0.64 ERA while striking out 20 and walking three in 14 innings for Boston to close out the season. He added three scoreless and hitless postseason frames against the Indians. Manager John Farrell attributed his success to an improved slider. His dominant finish to the season sealed Kelly's fate as a full-time, mid-to-late-inning reliever in 2017.

2016

Kelly has intoxicating velocity that keeps him interesting even as he continues to pile up mediocre results. He looked good in 2012-13, but his best work was done in the bullpen while he lucked into good results as a starter despite a 1.6 K/BB ratio in 31 starts. He's been a full-time starter since and the mediocrity has shown itself clearly with a 4.57 ERA and 1.9 K/BB ratio in 231 innings. His best secondary pitch is a changeup that helps him neutralize lefties with just a 29-point platoon split. The problem is that he just allows too much contact leaving him open to variance like the .274 to .320 BABIP jump we saw in 2015. Further exacerbating the issue is that his strikeout pitch - the slider - gets lit up any time it doesn't generate a strikeout (.908 OPS, 33% K rate since 2014). There are some intriguing elements, but his MLB work marries well with his minor league track record so it's hard to project a major jump for him as a starter.

2015

Kelly posted a 2.69 ERA over 37 appearances 15 starts in 2013 and opened last season as the Cardinals' fifth starter. There were red flags, particularly with his strikeout and walk rates, as Kelly's xFIP in 2013 (4.19) indicated that a sub-3.00 simply wasn't sustainable. That proved to be true, and while Kelly pitched reasonably well, he was sidelined after three starts by a hamstring injury that kept him out of action for three months. Upon his return, he was hit hard and then traded to Boston in the John Lackey deal. With Boston's starting rotation decimated by trades and the team relying on young starting prospects, the 26-year-old Kelly became the team's No. 2 starter. Even with the offseason changes in the rotation, Kelly is expected to begin the year with one of the five starting spots. He may be ideally suited for the bullpen, where his fastball will have even more velocity (he averaged 94.7 mph on the pitch in 2014) and he won't have to rely as much on his secondary offerings.

2014

Kelly started the season as a long-relief arm out of the bullpen before getting a shot in the rotation at the start of July. Kelly took the opportunity and ran with it, posting an 11-2 record with a 2.32 ERA over his final 14 starts. Despite an excellent showing in the rotation for the Cardinals, Kelly's role for the start of 2014 is murky. The Cardinals have a talented group of young arms to put behind ace Adam Wainwright and Kelly is a good bet to make the rotation next season, but it's far from a guarantee that he will stick if he ends up solidifying a spot when spring training breaks in March.

2013

Kelly started 16 games for the Cardinals last year and threw eight in relief, where he was far more successful. In 91.1 innings as a starter, he had a respectable 3.74 ERA but a not-as-respectable 1.41 WHIP and 59:32 K:BB. Meanwhile, as a reliever, he threw 15.2 innings and finished with a 2.30 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 16:4 K:BB ratio. Naturally, the Cardinals are planning on using him as a starter this year. He's still just 24, and has room to grow, but it would be nice to see the K:BB ratio improve a bit before throwing him into the rotation for good.