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56 Joe Kelly SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/175 | Birthdate: 6/9/1988 | Birthplace: Anaheim, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 8/3 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Red Sox SP Joe Kelly clobbered again Monday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) One might have believed it unlikely that Red Sox starter Joe Kelly would pitch worse Monday night than he had been in recent outings. But he pulled it off.

Kelly was rocked for five runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings before his merciful removal in Boston. He could only be thankful that his team scored enough runs to keep him from accepting his third straight defeat.

The right-hander barely survived the first. He allowed three extra-base hits to start the game, including an RBI triple by Tyler Saladino and run-scoring double by Melky Cabrera. He let the first six batters reach in the four-run frame. A double and RBI single by Jose Abreu in the third all but signaled his departure.

Kelly has given up 20 runs in his last 23 1/3 innings pitched in weakening his ERA on the year to 5.94, its highest point since May 25.


Red Sox SP Joe Kelly lousy again in loss to Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) The Red Sox were hoping veteran starter Joe Kelly would perform far better after his promotion from Triple-A Pawtucket than he did before it.

So much for hope - at least for one night.

Kelly was miserable again in his first start for Boston since June 23. He allowed four runs on six hits - including three home runs - in 5 1/3 innings to take his sixth loss in eight decisions. Kelly walked one and struck out six.

He now owns a 5.74 ERA after surrendering two blasts to Preston Tucker and another to Evan Gattis.


Red Sox to start Joe Kelly on Wednesday, Wade Miley on Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) The Red Sox will promote pitcher Joe Kelly from Triple-A to make Wednesday's start at Houston, reports WEEI.com. Kelly went 2-5 with a 5.67 ERA in 14 starts earlier this season before being demoted.

The Red Sox will then turn to pitcher Wade Miley to make Thursday's start with the rest of the rotation getting pushed back. Miley is 8-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 19 starts this season.


Red Sox minor-league SP Joe Kelly leaves start with arm injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Red Sox demoted veteran starter Joe Kelly was removed from his Wednesday start with an apparent arm injury sustained on a line drive, per the Times-Express.

The liner hit off his right forearm and sent him immediately to the clubhouse.

Kelly was sent down by Boston on June 25 after compiling a 2-5 record and 5.67 ERA. He performed well in his first start at Triple-A Pawtucket.

John Farrell had spoken about Kelly as a possible bullpen option upon his return, but the latest development could change the situation.


Joe Kelly thrives in first Triple-A start behind improved fastball command


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Following his demotion to the minors, Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly showed a lot of positive signs in his first start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk in seven innings. He also struck out four.

"The fastball command was a lot better," Kelly said, per The Providence Journal. "It's important obviously to get ahead of hitters with well-located fastballs, especially against this team which is aggressive. I tried to get some quick outs and easy outs."

Kelly threw 14 of 26 first-pitch strikes. He also threw 59 of 94 pitches for strikes, while getting 13 strikes looking and eight swinging strikes, per Baseball-Reference.com.

"I made a conscious effort to mix some pitches today and throw inside to hitters, and I feel like I was able to do that effectively," Kelly said.


Red Sox option SP Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) The Red Sox optioned starting pitcher Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. Justin Masterson will replace Kelly in the rotation, starting Sunday against the Rays. 

“The options would have been put him in the bullpen or send him down to start,” manager John Farrell said, per WEEI.com. “This centers around consistent command with the baseball and his pitches.

"It’s certainly not stuff, it’s not athleticism. The frustrating part for Joe and for all involved is that when you see an athlete with his ability and it doesn’t translate to the consistent command of his pitches, that’s what is continually being addressed. Felt like the uncertainty of pitching schedule coming out of the bullpen, best served to achieve this through consistent work in between starts starting in Pawtucket.”

Kelly is 2-5 with a 5.67 ERA through 14 starts. He is is 1-5 with a 6.39 ERA in his last 12 starts. He is striking out 7.2 batters per nine innings and walking 3.7 batters per nine innings.


Brian Johnson an option to replace Joe Kelly in Red Sox rotation?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher prospect Brian Johnson had another strong outing for Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, allowing one unearned run on one hit and one walk in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven.

The left-hander is 8-4 with a 2.57 ERA through 14 starts and continues to push for a spot in the major-league rotation. It appears the Red Sox are thinking about it, but general manager Ben Cherington isn't sure when they will make the call to bring the 2012 first-round pick to the majors.

“It seems that it’s more a question of when and not if that he’ll get an opportunity at some point,” Cherington said, per WEEI.com. “We have not made any decision on as to when that will be, but he’s pitching his way into the conversation, just like other guys have before him so we’ll see, but he threw well.”

With Joe Kelly struggling, the Red Sox could bring up Johnson from the minors to take his spot in the rotation. However, Cherington said the two moves are not related.

“John [Farrell] and I will get together on [Kelly Thursday], and we’re certainly trying to figure out what the right plan is for Joe to help him make a step forward,” he said. “We know he’s got the ability to be better than he has been, and knows that, so we’re working through a plan to try to address that, but they are not directly related in my mind.”


Re Sox haven't decided yet if Joe Kelly will make next start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that no decision has been made yet on whether Joe Kelly will make his next start, per The Boston Globe. Kelly is currently lined up to start Sunday at Tampa Bay.

“The primary goal is we’ve got to get Joe to deliver the ball more consistently," Farrell said, per WEEI.com. "For a guy that’s that athletic, you would think his athleticism would allow him to repeat a deliver to command a baseball better. There’s no questioning that the walks are up a tick on a per nine innings as are the hits so all that suggests that commanding the strike zone is inconsistent. And we’re working to get that ironed out more."

Kelly is 1-5 with a 6.39 ERA in his last 12 starts.


Red Sox SP Joe Kelly allows five runs in Tuesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly found trouble in the second inning and the team never recovered during Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Orioles.

"My command was off today," Kelly said, per MLB.com. "I couldn't throw the fastball where I wanted to and fell behind some hitters, which ultimately led to the big inning there and ended up running out of the game there."

Kelly allowed five runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. He struck out two and walked two during the contest. His worst inning came in the second when he gave up four runs, including a three-run home run to David Lough. He is now 2-5 with a 5.67 ERA.

Kelly has not received a win or a quality start in his last three starts. After the game, manager John Farrell was not sure when Kelly would receive his next start, reports the Providence Journal.

"We're certainly aware of the up and down path for Joe," he said. 


Red Sox SP Joe Kelly goes five innings in no-decision Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Red Sox starter Joe Kelly was left with a no-decision on Wednesday. Kelly went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits in the 5-2 loss to the Braves. He walked three and struck out three.

The right-hander gave up a run in the fourth and another with no outs in the sixth before being pulled. Kelly is still trying to right the ship after a dreadful start to the season. Wednesday's outing lowered his season ERA to 5.32

He'll look to get b ack in the win column in his next start, scheduled for Tuesday at home against the Orioles.


Joe Kelly goes six IP in no-decision for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Red Sox starter Joe Kelly took a no-decision in Friday's loss to Toronto. 

Kelly went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, with two walks. Kelly struck out three. He left with a four-run lead but took a no-decision when the Boston bullpen lost the lead. 

Kelly's next start is Wednesday against Atlanta. 


Farrell chooses Joe Kelly over Stephen Wright for rotation spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Red Sox right-handed knuckleballer Steven Wright has been consistent and effective as a starter. Joe Kelly has been inconsistent and greatly ineffective.

No matter. John Farrell has booted the former to the bullpen and left the latter in the rotation.

Wright has pitched between 5 and 6 1/3 innings and allowed two or three runs in each of his six starts to post a 2-2 record and 4.01 ERA. Kelly has given up at least five runs in four of his 10 outings. He is 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA.

But Farrell belives Kelly has more upside and Wright is versatile enough to make the transition. "Both have pitched well enough to either remain in the rotation or earn a rotation spot," he told ESPN. "But when you set aside a couple of bumps Joe Kelly has had of late ... he's got the ability to be a dominant starter."

Among those bumps was a start against Minnesota in which he surrendered seven runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings. But Kelly rebounded in his last two opportunties by yielding only two runs in 11 innings.


Red Sox SP Joe Kelly allows one run in win over A's on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly had another positive start as he looks to turn his season around. On Saturday, Kelly limited the A's to one run on four hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked two, as he was pretty much dominant from the get-go. The solid outing lowered his ERA to 5.40.

The only run Kelly allowed came on an RBI triple from Billy Burns in the third inning. But he was able to stifle the A's offense the rest of the way to pick up his second win of the season.

"I was commanding [my fastball]," Kelly said, per MLB.com. "If I felt like I needed a little extra [velocity], I went for it in key situations where I needed a big out. I threw some good changeups today, got some early outs from those, some swings and misses. So that was a really big help using that secondary pitch today."

The win was Kelly's first since his first start of the season, snapping a nine-game winless streak.

"Whether it's the last couple of starts or even going back to when he first arrived here last year, Joe's got the ability to rise to an occasion inside of a game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

He is likely to make his next start next Saturday at home against the Blue Jays.


Red Sox's Farrell: We're not planning to stick with six-man rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) The Red Sox will return to a five-man rotation following this weekend's series against the Athletics, manager John Farrell told reporters Thursday.

“Our plan is not to [stick with six guys],” Farrell said, per WEEI.com. “We’ll get through this weekend where we need all six starters, but coming out of the off-day [Monday], it’s our intent to get back to five starters. We have the remainder of this next series to work through that.”

Farrell said Eduardo Rodriguez will slide between Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello in the rotation. It appears Wade Miley also as a spot in the rotation, so the final spot is down to Joe Kelly and Steven Wright.


Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly strikes out three in no-decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits in five innings of work in Boston's 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Sunday. Kelly gave up a run in the first inning when with runners on first and third, he forced Adrian Beltre to groundout, but scored a run.

Then in the third, Kelly allowed another Beltre RBI on a single to center with runners on first and second.

"Every loss is difficult, obviously," Kelly said to MLB.com. "The bullpen pitched a good game, and you know, the error, it hurt. But ultimately we're just going to have to go out there and try to win as many games in a row starting tomorrow and kinda brush this one."

Kelly, who remains 1-4, moved his ERA to 5.83 in 54 innings of work this season. He will look to get back on track on Saturday against the Athletics.

"He made a number of big pitches," Farrell said to The Boston Herald. "There were a lot of high-stress pitches out of him today. He was able to get a key out with multiple runners on base. He battled. He gave us everything he had."


Red Sox using six-man rotation to give starters rest


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Without an off-day on Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell wanted to give his starters an extra day's rest heading into the weekend. So, the team will call up prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to start Thursday's game against the Rangers, with the rest of the rotation being pushed back a day.

Steven Wright, who was originally scheduled to go on Thursday, will now pitch Friday. He will be followed by Wade Miley and Joe Kelly. Clay Buchholz will open the three-game set with the Twins at home on Monday. 

The Red Sox don't have a scheduled off-day until June 8.


Red Sox want Joe Kelly to use curve more often


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) After giving up 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings on Monday, Joe Kelly met with Red Sox manager John Farrell and pitching coach Carl Willis on Tuesday morning to discuss a plan. 

"I contend and strongly believe that his curveball is a major weapon that's got to be used in his pitch mix," Farrell said, per the Boston Herald

Kelly did well in his start against Texas on May 21, when he went to his curve often. 

"He made a very tangible adjustment after three innings of work, when he went to his curveball more than his slider and slowed them down and had some quick and efficient innings. It's part of the education process of Joe as a pitcher, what makes him most effective," Farrell said. 


Red Sox's Joe Kelly chased in second inning of loss vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly didn't make it out of the second inning on Monday, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings in his team's 7-2 loss to the Twins.

"The attitude, the feel, the energy level in the clubhouse this morning was built upon the last two days, and to go out and to have a game like today is very disappointing," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, per MLB.com.

Kelly (1-4) surrendered a run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning before the game turned ugly in the second, when he opened the frame by allowing four straight hits before recording a pair of outs, though a run scored on his second out. He then walked the next batter, served up a three-run home run and allowed a single before being pulled.

"It's not ideal, but I've just got to keep pitching," Kelly said.

Kelly owns a 6.24 ERA and 43:20 K:BB ratio in 49 innings. He's in line to face the Rangers on the road on Saturday.


Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly allows two runs in loss on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings of work in Boston's 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

"I made some pitches when I had to and had command of my heater," Kelly said after the game, per the Boston Herald. "We played some good defense tonight, but it’s baseball and we lost, 2-1. That guy over there pitched a good game and sometimes you just have to tip your hat."

Kelly allowed two consecutive singles in the second, putting runners on first and third. Elvis Andrus produced a sacrifice fly to score the first run. Then in the third, Robinson Chirinos blasted a solo home run to center field. 

"Fastball command pretty much nails it down," Kelly said of the key to his success. "Getting ahead of hitters and locating the pitch where I want to locate it. I didn’t really have any off-speed tonight. I went out there with just one pitch and I tried to locate it as best I can to get out of it."

Kelly, who also struck out seven and walked just one, moved his ERA to 5.13 in 47 1/3 innings of work. Kelly, now 1-3, will look to get back on track Monday against the Twins. 


Red Sox's Joe Kelly allows one run in no-decision vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly didn't factor into the decision on Thursday, allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 2-1 win over the Mariners.

Coming into the game on a stretch where he allowed five runs or more in four straight starts, Kelly breezed through five innings before surrendering his only run on a sixth-inning groundout, which tied the game and took him out of line for what would have been his first win since his season debut.

Kelly owns a 5.58 ERA and 36:18 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Rangers at home on Wednesday.


Report: Red Sox won't take Joe Kelly out of rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) The Red Sox are intent on keeping Joe Kelly in their starting rotation and trying to further his development, according to WEEI.

The good news is that Kelly hasn't lost any velocity. He has thrown more 98 mph-plus pitches than any other starter in the majors this season. The bad news is that it hasn't translated into success. He owns a 1-2 record and 6.35 ERA heading into his Thursday night start in Seattle.

"Nothing mechanical," John Farrell said in regard to Kelly's struggles. "He's a good athlete that repeats his delivery and yet he yanked a number of pitches down to his glove side the other day in Toronto. It's still about Joe Kelly understanding what makes him most efficient. ... Ultimately it's in those moments in making pitch selections that are based on what's led up to that. Whether it's too many consecutive fastballs, too many consecutive breaking balls - there's a constant mix that needs to stay in play."

The 26-year-old Kelly has claimed that pitching was easier in St. Louis with defensive stalwart Yadier Molina calling all his offerings. It's not the same throwing to Red Sox rookie Blake Swihart.

"Yadier just threw out a sign and I threw it," Kelly said. "It was great. But now I'm actually better at reading games, knowing situations, I do my own scouting and I do my own video. I did a little bit of it in St. Louis, but it's more of me trying to read and watch. My stats don't show, but I feel like I'm better at it."

There has been talk of moving Kelly to the bullpen, but the former college closer has stressed that he prefers starting.


Joe Kelly remains in Red Sox rotation 'for the time being'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Red Sox changed pitching coaches, firing Juan Nieves and hiring Carl Willis, but there are no plans to make any adjustments to the starting rotation right off the bat. 

Manager John Farrell said that Joe Kelly, who has struggled, will remain in the rotation "for the time being," per WEEI. "Partly because of a chance for Carl to get involved with him and yet we don't deny the stuff that's there. ... It's a matter of how we can make him most effective."


Red Sox's Joe Kelly walks seven in loss vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly took the loss Saturday, allowing six earned runs on four hits and seven walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 7-1 defeat against the Blue Jays.

Kelly (1-2) has now given up five earned runs or more in each of his last four starts, but he had issued just eight walks in his first five starts combined before unraveling Saturday.

"Despite the number of walks early on, we're in a two-run game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But still, puts a couple of guys on via the walk, and then the third consecutive breaking ball to Encarnacion kind of spreads things to a five-run game."

He also allowed a home run for the fifth straight start.

"The one that really hurt us was the three-run homer," Kelly said after allowing a season-high six earned runs. "Hanging breaking ball ... just a bad pitch overall."

Kelly owns a 6.35 ERA and 34:15 K:BB ratio in 34 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mariners Thursday in Seattle.


Red Sox starter Joe Kelly roughed up


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Starting pitcher Joe Kelly struggled once again for the Red Sox during Sunday night’s 8-5 loss to the Yankees, with home runs being the primary concern.

Kelly lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on five hits, including a first-inning homer to the Yanks’ Mark Teixeira. It’s the fourth straight non-quality start for Kelly, who only managed to strike out three batters. 

In losing his first career game against the Yankees in four starts, Kelly drops to 1-1 and his ERA rises to 5.72. 


Red Sox SP Joe Kelly gives up five runs in six innings for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Red Sox starter Joe Kelly was touched for five runs on five hits in six innings of work Monday to take a no-decision against the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays reached Kelly early as Devon Travis knocked an RBI single and Russell Martin came through with a two-run double in the first inning, putting the Red Sox behind 3-0.

Travis added a solo homer of Kelly in the fourth inning.

"I was shaky the whole night with my fastball command," Kelly said. "Up and down is exactly how you put it." 

Kelly, who struck out 10 in the game, was clocked a couple of times Monday hitting 100 MPH.

"The positive is you’re not going to find better arm strength, better velocity,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said about Kelly. "It's electric stuff and as he begins to harness it and understand when he’s most effective."

Kelly's next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Yankees.