Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly #56

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  • B/T: R/R
  • 6' 1"/190
  • Age: 27


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Pitches: Strikes, Balls


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Joe Kelly Stats

10-6 4.82 134.1 110 1.44

Joe Kelly MLB Career Stats

31-22 3.82 461.2 330 1.39

Joe Kelly Bio

  • Full Name: Joseph William Kelly
  • Born: 6/9/1988 in Anaheim, CA
  • Draft: 2009, St. Louis Cardinals, 3rd rd. (98th overall)
  • College: UC Riverside
  • Debut: June 10, 2012
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2015 Stats 10 6 4.82 25 25 0 134.1 110 1.44
MLB Career Stats 31 22 3.82 103 73 0 461.2 330 1.39
  • Status: Active

Joe Kelly Four-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 Red Sox AL 1143 Four-seam FB 96.25 95.98 2053.00 6.27 90.90
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 92.88 92.52 2212.00 6.16 89.92


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October 7, 2015 at 12:55 PM ET

Kelly excels late in 2015

Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly finished the 2015 regular season with a 10-6 record, a 4.82 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and 110 strikeouts across 134 1/3 innings.

September 18, 2015 at 9:15 PM ET

No structural damage in Kelly's shoulder

The MRI that Red Sox starter Joe Kelly had on his right shoulder produced a best-case scenario: There is no structural damage.


Joe Kelly Awards

FSL Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2011 Palm Beach FSL

MID Pitcher of the Week

Week Team League
08/02/2010 Quad Cities MID

Joe Kelly Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
July 22, 2015 Boston Red Sox recalled Joe Kelly from Pawtucket Red Sox.
June 25, 2015 Boston Red Sox optioned RHP Joe Kelly to Pawtucket Red Sox.
April 11, 2015 Joe Kelly roster status changed by Boston Red Sox.
April 3, 2015 Boston Red Sox placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, 2015. Right biceps strain
August 2, 2014 Boston Red Sox activated RHP Joe Kelly.
July 31, 2014 Boston Red Sox traded RHP John Lackey, LHP Corey Littrell and cash to St. Louis Cardinals for RF Allen Craig and RHP Joe Kelly.
July 11, 2014 St. Louis Cardinals activated RHP Joe Kelly from the 60-day disabled list.
June 27, 2014 St. Louis Cardinals sent RHP Joe Kelly on a rehab assignment to Memphis Redbirds.
June 25, 2014 St. Louis Cardinals transferred RHP Joe Kelly from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
April 17, 2014 St. Louis Cardinals placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list. left hamstring strain
June 10, 2012 St. Louis Cardinals selected the contract of RHP Joe Kelly from Memphis Redbirds.
April 2, 2012 Joe Kelly assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
January 18, 2012 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster RHP Joe Kelly to spring training.
July 7, 2011 Joe Kelly assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Palm Beach Cardinals.
April 4, 2011 Joe Kelly assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Quad Cities River Bandits.
January 14, 2011 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster RHP Joe Kelly to spring training.
April 5, 2010 Joe Kelly assigned to Quad Cities River Bandits from Batavia Muckdogs.
July 1, 2009 Joe Kelly assigned to Batavia Muckdogs from St. Louis Cardinals.
June 17, 2009 St. Louis Cardinals signed RHP Joe Kelly.

Joseph William Kelly Bio Info

Played college baseball at the University of California at Riverside...was a teammate of former Cardinal pitchers Marc Rzepczynski (CLE) and Adam Reifer...left UC-Riverside as the career saves leader with 24... was Big West Conference 2007 Freshman of the Year and First Team all-Big West...earned save in Big West Championship game...played for USA National Team in 2007 winning a silver medal in the Pan-American Games...his father, Joseph, played wide receiver for Vanderbilt University and was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers... received the nickname "The Machine Gun" for pulling a prank in the UC-Riverside baseball media guide by stating he was a distant relative of notorious gangster George "Machine Gun" Kelly...married his wife, Ashley Parks, this off-season (11/21/13) and the couple reside in Corona, Calif.


Combined to go 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA (45 ER/96.1 IP) in a career-high 17 starts between the Cardinals and Red Sox...Traded to BOS at the non-waiver trade deadline...Limited to 7 starts with the Cardinals over the first 4 months of the season due to injury...Allowed 1 ER (3 R total) over first 3 starts from 4/5-16 (0.59 ERA, 15.1 IP) but left his 3rd start on 4/16 at MIL after 4.0 innings due to a left hamstring injury suffered while running the bases...Placed on the 15-day DL on 4/17 and transferred to the 60-day DL on 6/25...Had a 2.61 ERA (3 ER/10.1 IP) in 3 rehab starts with Triple-A Memphis and was activated on 7/11...Acquired with OF/1B Allen Craig on 7/31 for RHP John Lackey, LHP Corey Littrell, and cash considerations...Slotted into Boston's rotation and made 10 starts over the final 2 months of the season...In that time, led the team with a 4.11 ERA (min. 30.0 IP)...His 10 starts tied for the club lead from his 8/6 debut through the end of the regular season (also Clay Buchholz)...Allowed 2 runs or less in 5 of those starts, and gave up 3 ER or less 7 times...From 8/1 on, ranked among AL leaders in opponent AVG (6th, .215) and opponent SLG (9th, .320)...Allowed 2 runs or less in 4 of his first 5 starts with BOS, leading club starters in August ERA (3.86)...Made Red Sox debut against his former team on 8/6 at STL...Allowed 1 run in 7.0 IP but did not factor into the decision in Boston's eventual 2-1 win...Stole 3B on 8/12 at CIN for his 1st career SB...Was the 1st SB by a Red Sox pitcher since Bill Landis on 9/8/69 at CLE, and the 1st steal of 3B by a Sox hurler since Tom Brewer on 7/30/59 at CLE (Source: Elias Sports Bureau)...Gave up a career-high 7 ER in 4.0 IP on 8/17 vs. HOU, his only outing with the Red Sox allowing more than 4 ER...Had a 3.30 ERA (21 ER/57.1 IP) in his other 9 starts for BOS...Over his last 7 starts beginning 8/22, posted a 3.65 ERA (18 ER/44.1 IP) and .201 opponent AVG (32-for-159)...Removed from the game due to precautionary reasons (shoulder) on 8/22 vs. SEA after throwing 5.0 innings with 1 hit...Returned on regular rest on 8/27 at TOR...Won 4 of his 5 starts in September, most on the team, including his 1st win as a Red Sox on 9/2 at NYY (6.2 IP, 3 R).


Made 15 starts for the Cardinals and 37 appearances in his first full season in the majors... Recorded a 2.69 ERA, ranking 9th among all Major League pitchers with 100.0+ innings pitched... Began the season out of the bullpen before moving into a starter's role in July... Went 9-3, 2.28 ERA in his starts, allowing 2 runs or less in 11 of the 15. Had a .247 opponent batting average and allowed just five home runs as a starter... Went 1-2, 3.65 ERA in 22 appearances out of the bullpen... St. Louis won nine of his last 11 starts and 11 of 15 overall... Won five straight starts and eight straight decisions 7/12-9/6 before losing 5-3 on 9/12 at MIL. The eight-straight wins were a club high... Worked into the 6th inning in 13 starts and eight of his 15 starts were quality starts,... Posted a 1.97 ERA (23 ER/105.1 IP) after 6/1, 3rd among all MLB pitchers (min. 90 IP) to MIA's Jose Fernandez-1.50 & LAD's Clayton Kershaw (1.82)... His last relief appearance came on the final day of the regular season, pitching 5.1 scoreless innings after Jake Westbrook made a 1.0 inning start... Allowed just one earned run in his last seven relief appearances (19.1 IP, 0.47 ERA)... Had a 19.2 scoreless innings streak snapped when the Dodgers scored a run in the 6th inning of his 8/6 start. The streak was a then team season high and spanned 4 starts (final 2.1 frames of 7/12 at CHI, 6.1 at ATL 7/27, 6.0 at PIT 8/1, first 5.0 vs. LA)... Made back-to-back starts against PIT, allowing one run in 6.0 IP in each game: 9/1 at PIT and 9/6 in STL.Started four games during the 2013 playoffs with St. Louis going 2-2 in his starts while Joe went 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA...allowed two earned runs in 5.1 IP of Division Series Game 3 start vs. Pittsburgh (no decision)...started Game 1 of the League Championship Series vs. Los Angeles Dodgers and did not get a decision in the 3-2, 13-inning win...pitched 6.0 innings in Game 1 and allowed two runs on six hits (2BB, 5K)...suffered the loss in LCS Game 5 at LA, allowing 4 ER in 5.0 IP (0BB, 3K, 2 HR)...did not get a decision in his World Series Game 3 start as he allowed two runs over 5.1 IP on 2 hits, 3 walks with 6 K's.

2012 Began season in Memphis (AAA), starting 12 games before promotion to St. Louis, where he made 16 starts (24 app.). Recalled from Memphis on 6/10, one day after his 24th birthday, making Major League debut vs. CLE throwing 5.0 innings allowing one run on seven hits in a no decision. Made 24 appearances in the Majors including 16 starts. Ranked T5th among National League rookies with 107.0 innings pitched and T9th with 75 strikeouts. His 3.53 ERA ranked 2nd among NL rookies with 100 innings pitched or more. Recorded 10 starts of 6.0 IP or more, with a career-high of 6.2 vs. NYM (9/3), and registered a quality start in each of the 10. Was 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 16 games started with 10 quality starts as a starting pitcher. As a reliever was 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA in eight appearances, striking out 16 in 15.2 IP. Retired the first batter faced in every relief appearance. Set the Cardinals season high for innings in a relief appearance with 5.2 IP vs. PIT in a 19 inning game on 8/19. Recorded first relief win in his second relief appearance tossing 3.0 IP at CIN (8/24) with six strikeouts (most by a Cardinals reliever in 2012), also his season high. First Major League hit came in the 10th inning at Miami(6/25) beating out an infield single for the game-winning RBI. Scored the game-winning run as a pinch-runner in the 12th inning vs. LAD (7/25). Batted .152 with two doubles and two RBI. The Cardinals won four of the five games in which he recorded a hit. At Memphis (AAA), posted a 2-5 record with a league-leading 2.86 ERA in the Pacific Coast League at the time of his recall. 2011 Received an invite to Spring Training as a relief pitcher...Appeared in 23 games, starting 22 between High-A Palm Beach and Springfield (AA), posting 13 quality starts...Voted to the Florida State League South All-Star team; entered the game in the 7th, allowed one run on one hit with one K...Ranked in the Top 10 among Cardinals farmhands in wins (11, T3rd), innings pitched (132.0, 9th), ERA (3.68, T10th), strikeouts/9 IP (7.70, 9th) and games started (22, T10th)...Induced 16 double played on the season, eight each at Palm Beach and Springfield...Ran off four consecutive wins from 5/24 to 7/4 in Palm Beach...Registered eight quality starts in Palm Beach with three starts of 7.0 IP or more and allowed only 1 ER in all three...Fired 7.2 innings at Dunedin (5/31) allowing one run on one hit with nine strikeouts in a win...Surrendered only one home run in 72.2 IP and did not allow more than four runs in any start at Palm Beach...Won six games in Springfield ranking T4th on the team in wins. Won his last three consecutive starts (8/22-9/1)...Registered a decision in 10 of his 11 starts in Springfield...Threw a career-high 8.0 ings. in his second start at Springfield at NW Arkansas (7/16), allowed two runs on three hits in a win...Posted a .273 batting average at Springfield (3-11). 2010 Hard throwing RHP moved into a starting role with 18 starts in 26 appearances following a year of 16 app. and two starts. ... Started 12 consecutive games beginning on 6/20 after alternating starts over first 13 appearances of the season. ... Named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week (7/26-8/1) after striking out a career-high 11 batters in 6.2 IP (3 H, 1 R, 0 ER). ... Won three consecutive decisions (4 starts) from 7/10 to 7/28, posting a .249 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. ... Converted only save opportunity of the season (5/30 at BUR), throwing 4.0 hitless innings allowing one unearned run. ... Had a stronger record at home posting a 6-3 mark at Modern Woodmen Park as opposed to 0-5 on the road. ... Posted quality starts in all five games in which he threw 6.0 innings or more. ... Led the team with 12 wild pitches, ranked second with seven hit batsmen. ... Induced 14 double plays, ranking third on the team. ... Did not allow more than six hits in any appearance until his 25th appearance of the year in which he surrendered 10. ... Rated as the 10th-best prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America. 2009 Made 16 appearances with two starts at Batavia...ranked 3rd among Cardinals minor leaguers in toughest to HR off, not allowing a HR in 138 total batters faced...earned first professional win working 1.2 innings of relief vs. Jamestown (7/24)...nine of his 14 relief appearances were four outs or more...struck out four batters in four appearances...posted a strong reverse split holding LH batters to a .220 BA (13-59)...earned first professional save with a perfect inning of relief vs. Mahoning Valley (7/11)...ranked T-5th among Batavia relievers with 16 appearances and 4th with six games finished.