Merrill Kelly
Merrill Kelly
30-Year-Old PitcherSP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kelly signed with Arizona and will get a chance to win a spot in the starting rotation after three seasons playing in South Korea's top professional league. An eighth-round draft pick by Tampa Bay, he got as far as Triple-A, where he had a 2.76 ERA and 8.5 K/9 in 2014, before going overseas. Kelly thrived in the KBO with a 3.80 ERA in four seasons while leading the SK Wyverns to the 2017 championship. His 4.09 ERA from 2017 doesn't look great, but it ranked in the top 10 in a hitter-friendly league, and he had a 9.0 K/9 with outstanding control (2.1 BB/9). Kelly says his velocity improved while in South Korea to the low-90s from the high-80s while in Triple-A. He'll be trying to make a unique transition as few players have moved to Major League Baseball from the KOB, and he's also doing so without any major-league experience. He's a fantasy baseball wild card. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December of 2018. The contract includes a $4.25 million club option for 2020 and a $5.25 million club option for 2021.
To remain in rotation
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 25, 2019
Kelly will remain in Arizona's starting rotation moving forward, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
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Kelly's spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation was reportedly in jeopardy after he surrendered six runs over 4.1 innings Friday night against the Brewers, but after Sunday's series finale, skipper Torey Lovullo stated that Kelly's place in the rotation is safe for now. He's on track to make his next start Thursday against the Dodgers.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .292 294 47 22 79 16 3 9
Since 2017vs Right .255 337 72 20 79 17 0 17
2019vs Left .292 294 47 22 79 16 3 9
2019vs Right .255 337 72 20 79 17 0 17
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.66 1.16 71.1 4 5 0 8.6 1.1 1.4
Since 2017Away 6.00 1.56 75.0 5 8 0 6.1 4.0 1.8
2019Home 3.66 1.16 71.1 4 5 0 8.6 1.1 1.4
2019Away 6.00 1.56 75.0 5 8 0 6.1 4.0 1.8
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Merrill Kelly compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 70 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.83
 
K/9
7.3
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
4.86
 
WHIP
1.37
 
BABIP
.310
 
GB/FB
1.31
 
Left On Base
70.9%
 
Exit Velocity
89.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.1%
 
Spin Rate
2410 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.8%
 
Swinging Strike
9.4%
 
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Rotation spot in jeopardy
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 24, 2019
Kelly (9-13) allowed six runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out five over 4.1 innings in a loss to the Brewers on Friday.
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Picks up ninth win
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 18, 2019
Kelly (9-12) earned the win against San Francisco on Sunday, hurling 5.2 innings and giving up one run on six hits and two walks while striking out five.
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Will remain in rotation
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 15, 2019
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Kelly will remain in the rotation, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Bags win despite shaky outing
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 12, 2019
Kelly (8-12) picked up the win against the Rockies on Monday, giving up six earned runs on nine hits over five innings, striking out five and walking two in an 8-6 victory for the Diamondbacks.
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Not getting two-start week
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 8, 2019
Kelly won't make his next scheduled start in Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Jack Magruder of the Associated Press reports. Instead, Mike Leake will take the hill for the Diamondbacks' series finale in Los Angeles.
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