The 20-year-old Florida native is in his first season as a full-time pitcher, and the transition hasn’t been easy. Heading into Monday’s start against the New Britain Rock Cats, Kelly was 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA in nine starts. He obviously has a long way to go, but he’s encouraged by his ability to focus on just pitching.
“I think it’s actually been easier for me to focus on one thing, knowing what I’m going to be doing the whole season,” he said in reference to his splitting time between pitcher and shortstop last season.
“The ability is there in what he does, but he just needs continuous reps as all young players do to get comfortable in game situations,” said his manager, Arnie Beyeler. “He’ll just continue to improve and move on.”
Watch Kelly, Beyeler, Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen and Portland pitching coach Bob Kipper below.
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