Joe Kelly (pitcher)
Joseph William Kelly Jr. is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He played college baseball for the UC Riverside Highlanders. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Kelly in the third round of the 2009 MLB draft. He pitched for the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox before joining the Dodgers in 2019.
About Joe Kelly (pitcher) in brief
Joseph William Kelly Jr. is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He played college baseball for the UC Riverside Highlanders. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Kelly in the third round of the 2009 MLB draft. He pitched for the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox before joining the Dodgers in 2019. Kelly has gained publicity for his comical repertoire, such as dancing in the outfield during practice, disguising himself while interviewing the unwitting rapper Nelly, and engaging in a lengthy staredown with LA Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke before a 2013 National League Championship Series game. Kelly is a left-handed pitcher who throws and bats right-handed. He was born in Anaheim, California, and attended Corona High School in Corona, California. Kelly was named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2007 as a freshman. His final career stats at UCR included a 4. 65 ERA and an 8–11 record in 42 career games. In 2012, with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, he posted a 2. 86 ERA in 12 games and earned a call-up to the major league club. Kelly made his MLB debut on June 10, replacing the injured Jaime García in the Cardinals’ starting rotation. He appeared in 24 games while compiling a 5–7 record, with a 3. 53 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 107 innings pitched. Kelly acquired his first major league hit and run batted in on June 25, 2012, against the Miami Marlins.
In the top of the tenth inning, the Cardinals had taken a 7–6 lead and had the bases loaded with two out, when the pitcher’s spot in the batting order was due to hit. Kelly beat a ground ball for an infield hit that scored a run—and put the Cardinals up 8–6. This proved crucial, as it closed it out for an 8-7 Cardinals win against the Washington Nationals in the 2012 MLB postseason series. He also appeared in three games in the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants in 2012. Kelly set a Highlanders record with 24 career saves and was named an All-American. His first professional team was the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League, where he appeared in 16 games, posting a 4 75 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 30 1⁄3 innings. In 2011, Kelly appeared in 23 games and pitched 132 innings, recording 113 strikeouts and 59 walks with an 11–6 record and 3. 68 ERA. He then pitched in the Double-A Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League. In 2013, he appeared in the MLB postseason against the Washington Nationals, giving up just two hits and two walks, lasting just two innings and lasting just three innings of relief without giving up a run or a hit or a walk; he struck out one batter and struck out three batters. The Cardinals advanced to the 2012 NLCS against San Francisco Giants.