Zack Kelly Worcester Red Sox  |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 26
Born: March 3, 1995
San Felipe, CA
Height: 6-3
Weight: 230
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: Minor league free agent (Jan. 2021)
College: Newberry (SC)
High School: Lord Botetourt (VA)

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Scouting Scratch (7.21.2021)

Physical Description: Filled out right-hander with a mature frame. No remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the first base side of the rubber. Medium leg kick. Stiff delivery. Arm hook behind. Rocks back at his peak and then drop and drive as he comes forward. Inconsistent release point.

Fastball: 93-95 mph. Heavy fastball, generates a lot of weak contact on the ground. Potential above-average offering.

Cutter: 88-90 mph. Short, horizontal break. Potential fringe-average offering.

Changeup: 80-83 mph. Good separation from fastball. Pitch shows late fade. Potential average offering.

Slider: 83-84 mph. Hasnít incorporated often in outings scouted in 2021.

Career Notes: Signed as an undrafted free agent by Oakland for a $500 bonus out of D2 Newburry College in 2017. Has been released by the A's, Angels, and Rays organizations, despite passable numbers over his minor league career. Had elbow surgery in 2019. Was back throwing off a mound in November 2020.

Summation: Solid organizational reliever. Ceiling of an emergency depth arm. Fastball/changeup both project to at least average offerings. Cutter is a wild card and improvement with that pitch could change the projection.

 
   
    Career Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
  2016 Newberry SAC NCAA --- 21 8 4 3.02 14 14 0 86.1 67 31 29 5 7 43 83 1.27 8.65 4.48
  2017 Newberry SAC NCAA --- 22 7 3 3.72 13 12 1 82.1 81 37 34 2 4 29 94 1.34 10.28 3.17
  2017 AZL Athletics Ariz Rk Oak 22 1 0 3.77 13 0 1 28.2 28 16 12 1 1 6 23 1.19 7.22 1.88
  2018 Orem Owlz Pio Rk LAA 23 1 0 1.13 2 0 0 8.0 5 2 1 0 0 2 9 0.88 10.13 2.25
  2018 Burlington Bees Midw A LAA 23 3 3 2.86 12 0 0 28.1 26 10 9 3 3 12 25 1.34 7.94 3.81
  2018 Inland Empire 66ers Calif A+ LAA 23 1 0 5.40 4 0 1 6.2 9 4 4 0 0 2 7 1.65 9.45 2.70
  2019 Inland Empire 66ers Calif A+ LAA 24 0 1 0.00 1 0 0 4.0 4 1 0 0 1 0 2 1.00 4.50 0.00
  2019 Mobile BayBears Sou AA LAA 24 3 6 3.82 20 13 0 75.1 77 42 32 5 2 29 83 1.41 9.92 3.46
  2019 Montgomery Biscuits Sou AA TB 24 0 2 3.38 6 1 0 8.0 3 3 3 1 2 5 3 1.00 3.38 5.63
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- TB 25 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Portland Sea Dogs DNE AA Bos 26     stats                            
  2021 Worcester Red Sox TAE AAA Bos 26     stats                            
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 16, 2017 by Neil Avent (OAK)
Signing Bonus: $500
MiLB Debut: June 25, 2017 (AZL Athletics)
MLFA Eligible: November 2021
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
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MLB Service Time (through 2020):
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Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB Contract
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