Shawn Kelley

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Shawn Kelley
Shawn Kelley on September 11, 2013.jpg
Kelley with the New York Yankees
New York Yankees – No. 27
Relief pitcher
Born: (1984-04-26) April 26, 1984 (age 30)
Louisville, Kentucky
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 10, 2009 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 14–11
Earned run average 3.77
Strikeouts 193
WHIP 1.27
Teams

Shawn Andrew Kelley (born April 26, 1984) is an American professional baseball player. A pitcher, Kelley plays in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. He played for the Seattle Mariners from 2009 through 2012.

Kelley attended Ballard High School, and later Austin Peay State University. Kelley was drafted by the Mariners in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut in 2007, and later made his major league debut in 2009. Kelley bats and throws right-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

High school[edit]

At Ballard High School, Kelley went 9–1 with a 1.12 earned run average (ERA), and 95 strikeouts in 74 innings pitched.[1] He also batted .564 with seven home runs, and 21 stolen bases.[1]

College[edit]

Kelley hoped to play college baseball for the University of Louisville, but they did not offer him a scholarship. Kelley accepted the only scholarship offer he received, from Austin Peay State University.[2] In his first season, 2003, he was involved in no decisions with a 2.57 ERA in four games, one start. Kelley sustained an elbow injury in his first season and had Tommy John surgery, which ended his redshirt freshman season.[1] During his freshman season in 2004, Kelley went 3–3 with a 3.45 ERA, and 51 strikeouts in 16 games, 10 starts. That season, he finished with the third lowest ERA in the Ohio Valley Conference.[3] In his sophomore season in 2005, Kelley went 7–4 with a 3.59 ERA, one save, and 70 strikeouts in 17 games, 16 starts. That season, he was selected to the second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference.[4]

In his junior season, Kelley went 5–6 with a 3.30 ERA, and 89 strikeouts in 18 games, 14 starts. His final season, 2007, Kelley went 11–3 with a 2.40 ERA, and 82 strikeouts in 17 games, 16 starts. On April 9, 2007, he was named the Ohio Valley Conference's Pitcher of the Week.[5] He won his second Pitcher of the Week award on April 23.[6] At the end of the 2007 season, Kelley was named to the second-team American Baseball Coaches All-South Region.[7] On the academic side, Kelley received a bachelor's degree in political science.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

2007–2008 seasons[edit]

Kelley was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. He began his professional career that season with the Class-A Short-Season Everett AquaSox. With the AquaSox, he went 1–0 with a 3.00 ERA, and four strikeouts in three games, all in relief. After his stint in Everett, Kelley was promoted to the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. In his debut with the Timber Rattlers, Kelley attained the win after pitching two relief innings.[9] In nine games with Wisconsin, Kelley went 1–1 with a 2.25 ERA, and 14 strikeouts. In 2008, Kelley split the season between the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Class-A Advanced High Desert Mavericks, and the Double-A West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. With the Timber Rattlers, he was involved in no decisions, and record a 3.52 ERA with three saves, and 12 strikeouts in eight games. He was then promoted to the Mavericks where in 12 relief appearances he was involved in no decisions, gave-up no earned runs, saved three games, and struck-out 12. Finally, with the Diamond Jaxx, Kelley went 3–1 with a 2.11 ERA, nine saves, and 44 strikeouts in 29 games, all in relief. Kelley was tied for first among Diamond Jaxx pitchers in games finished (24), and was second in saves.[10] At the end of the 2008 regular season, Kelley played in the Venezuelan Winter League.[11]

2009 season[edit]

At the start of the 2009 season, Kelley was invited to Mariners' spring training as a non-roster invitee.[12] During spring training, Mariners' manager Don Wakamatsu was reportedly impressed by Kelley's performance and was quoted as saying, "[Kelley's] stuff is outstanding. Very impressive."[13] Kelley made the Mariners' 25-man roster after spring training.[14] Kelley made his major league debut on April 10 against the Oakland Athletics and struck out two in one inning pitched.[15] On May 1, Kelley picked up his first major league win in 123 innings pitched against the Oakland Athletics.[16] On May 6, Kelley strained his left oblique and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.[17] As a result, the Mariners called up pitcher Garrett Olson from the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers to replace Kelley on the 25-man roster.[17] Kelley pitched three rehab games in the minor leagues. His first were with the rookie-level Arizona League Mariners, where he pitched two games, both starts, and gave up no earned runs. The last was with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, where he gave up no earned runs in one relief appearance. On June 3, the Mariners' activated Kelley from the disabled list, and as a result optioned first baseman Mike Carp to Triple-A Tacoma.[18] On the season, Kelley went 5–4 with a 4.50 ERA, and 41 strikeouts in 41 games, all in relief for Seattle.

2010 season[edit]

On February 24, 2010, during spring training workouts, Kelley was injured after he was accidentally kicked in the chin by teammate Mark Lowe.[19] The accident required Kelley to receive six stitches.[19] Kelley made the Mariners' 25-man roster out of spring training for the second time in his career in 2010. On April 30, after pitcher Cliff Lee was activated from the disabled list, the Mariners optioned Kelley to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.[20] However, on May 6, after Mark Lowe was placed on the disabled list, Kelley was recalled and placed on the Mariners' 25-man roster.[21]

New York Yankees[edit]

The Mariners traded Kelley to the New York Yankees before the 2013 season for Abraham Almonte.[22] In the 2013 season, Kelley recorded 71 strikeouts in 53 innings pitched.[2]

Kelley filled in for David Robertson as the Yankees' closer while Robertson was on the disabled list in April 2014.[2]

On May 5, 2014, Kelley was ejected by home plate umpire Laz Díaz for arguing balls and strikes. It was the first ejection of Kelley's career.

Personal[edit]

Kelley was born on April 26, 1984 in Louisville, Kentucky to Dennis and Rhonda Kelley.[1] Before making it to the major leagues Kelley would work at a golf course during the winter to make money. Kelley has a younger brother, Justin.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "2004 Austin Peay Governors Baseball Yearbook". Austin Peay Athletics. Austin Peay State University. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/harper-mariner-reject-kelley-yanks-huge-relief-article-1.1755480
  3. ^ "2005 Austin Peay Governors Baseball Yearbook". Austin Peay Athletics. Austin Peay State University. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ "2006 Austin Peay Governors Baseball Yearbook". Austin Peay Athletics. Austin Peay State University. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kelley named conference Pitcher of the Week". Austin Peay Athletics. Austin Peay State University. April 9, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ "APSU's Kelley named OVC Pitcher of the Week". Austin Peay Athletics. Austin Peay State University. April 28, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kelley named to second-team ABCA All-South". Austin Peay Athletics. Austin Peay State University. May 30, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2007 Austin Peay Governors Baseball Yearbook". Austin Peay Athletics. Austin Peay State University. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Rattlers Roll Past Peoria". OurSports Central. June 25, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ "2008 West Tenn Diamond Jaxx". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ Jim Street (October 15, 2008). "Eight Mariners begin play in Venezuela". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  12. ^ Larry Stone (January 15, 2009). "Mariners will have 17 nonroster players going to spring training". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  13. ^ Larry Stone (March 10, 2009). "Wakamatsu on Brandon Morrow". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ Jim Street (April 4, 2009). "Mariners finalize Opening Day roster". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  15. ^ "April 10, 2009 Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics Box Score and Play-by-Play". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  16. ^ "May 1, 2009 Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners Box Score and Play-by-Play". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "Mariners recall Olson; Kelley to DL". Associated Press. USA Today. May 6, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Mariners Activate RHP Shawn Kelley". Associated Press. ABC News. July 3, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2010. [dead link]
  19. ^ a b Jim Street (February 24, 2010). "Freak accident leaves Kelley with stitches". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  20. ^ Mason Kelley (April 30, 2010). "M's option Shawn Kelley to Triple-A Tacoma, pregame notes". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Mariners add to troubles with loss to Rays". The Spokesman-Review. May 6, 2010. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  22. ^ http://blogs.seattletimes.com/mariners/2013/02/13/mariners-trade-shawn-kelley-to-yankees-for-minor-league-outfielder/

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