Kelly ready to show off his versatility

Kelly ready to show off his versatility

JUPITER, Fla. -- Name a spot on the field, and Don Kelly has covered it. The 35-year-old has played all around the diamond, appearing in the big leagues at all nine positions.

Such versatility ultimately paid off for Kelly, who was informed on Tuesday that he has made the Marlins as a utility player. A non-roster invitee, Kelly secured one of the team's final bench spots.

Manager Mike Redmond will not hesitate using the left-handed hitter in a number of roles.

"Pinch-running, infield, outfield, pitcher, catcher, you never know where I'll end up," Kelly said.

The competition was fierce to the end. Kelly ended up getting the nod over Reid Brignac basically because he was viewed as a better fit for what Miami specifically needs.

The fact Kelly can be an emergency catcher, plus can play the outfield, factored into the final decision.

Kelly is a National League-style player who played since 2009 in the American League with the Detroit Tigers.

When he had the opportunity to hook up with the Marlins as a non-roster invitee, he embraced the opportunity.

"That was kind of the draw to the Marlins," he said. "It was great getting to play for [Jim] Leyland, he was an NL manager. He was in the AL but he still managed like an NL guy, a lot of moves.

"I was in the AL but you get to understand the game, understanding the way he was going to manage, the moves he was going to make, potential pinch-hits, defensive replacements. It's interesting now to be in the NL"

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.