Meet Carson Kelly

*As March approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2013 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with the affiliation change it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer, if not opening day then sometime during 2013. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2011 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in Batavia, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2012.*

Yesterday you met catcher Steve Bean and on Sunday we profiled fellow Supplemental pick Patrick Wisdom, today meet 2012 2nd round draft pick Carson Kelly. Kelly, like Wisdom plays third base and they are unlikely to be in Peoria at the same time but if healthy, one should be here in 2013.

3B Carson Kelly Ht: 6’2 Wt: 200 Bats: Right Throws: Right

DOB: 7/14/94 (No player born in 1994 has ever played for the Chiefs. Only one born in 1993 has.)

Twitter: @carskelly

Residence: Portland, Oregon

Acquired: Drafted in 2nd Round (86th overall) in 2012

School: Westview High School

Prospecting: Ranked #9 in Cardinals organization by Baseball American before the 2013 season and ranked #10 by Baseball Prospectus

 Professional

  • Made his pro debut on June 19 for the Johnson City Cardinals and was 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Batted .225 with nine homers (most of any Cardinals 2012 draftee), 10 doubles, 25 RBI and 24 runs scored in 56 games in the Appalachian League
  • After four hitless games to start his career, Kelly was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI on June 24
  • Hit his first pro homer on July 7 and homered again the next day
  • Hit safely in nine straight games from June 29 to July 9
  • Collected three hits on June 30 against Burlington
  • Drove in three runs on July 14 against Kingston
  • Collected two RBI in back-to-back games on August 16 and 17
  • Hit .313 against lefties
  • Hit .279 in July with seven homers, five doubles and 13 RBI in 22 games
  • Hit .298 with runners in scoring position and was 2-for-5 with three RBI when the bases were loaded.

High School

  • Played at Westview High School in Portland, Oregon which also produced former Indians first round pick Trevor Crowe
  • Played third base, shortstop and pitched in high school
  • Named Gatorade’s Oregon Player of the Year after both his junior and senior seasons
  • As a senior in 2012 he hit .398 with five home runs and 26 RBI while slugging .747 with a .514 OBP
  • He was also 6-3 with a 1.09 ERA while striking out 80 batters in 58 innings with just seven walks
  • Named the 2012 Brian T. Meehan Oregon Baseball Player of the Year
  • Hit 14 homers with 48 RBI in 32 games as a junior while also going 9-1 with a 1.72 ERA
  • In 2010 as a sophomore he hit .458 with three homers, seven doubles, two triples and 31 RBI
  • He helped USA Baseball’s 18U National Team to a Gold Medal at the 2011 Pan American Games while going 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21 innings
  • Played in the 2011 Area Code Games and 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase
  • Ranked by MLB.com as the top prospect from the Pacific Northwest before the draft
  • Signed a National Letter of Intent in November 2011 to play baseball at the University of Oregon
  • Was the first Oregon high school player to be drafted in the first three rounds since 1998

Check back on Wednesday for a look at another potential Chiefs player for 2013.

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