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Casey Kelly set to make his major league debut on Monday

Aug 26, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

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It was hinted at on Saturday but is now official.

According to’s Jesse Sanchez, the Padres announced Sunday that top pitching prospect Casey Kelly will make his major league debut on Monday night at Petco Park against the Braves.

Kelly was acquired by the Padres back in December of 2010 as part of a four-player return package from the Red Sox for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

The 22-year-old former first-round pick has posted a 3.35 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and a 39/3 K/BB ratio across 37 2/3 innings this season in the Padres’ minor league system. He missed the early part of the summer with a right elbow strain but is now fully healed.

Kelly ranked 76th this past winter on Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospects list. He was 31st in 2011.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM


    James Loney is starting at 1st for the Red Sox.

    I think it’s pretty obvious who ended up with the better end of THAT particular deal.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      Given the net result is that the Sox swapped a top pitching prospect for another top pitching prospect, who ended up ahead won’t be obvious for a few more years.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        Woops, totally forgot about Rizzo, but since he’s no longer in San Diego it’s still hard to say the Padres ended up with the better end of that deal. I guess you can say the Sox are behind though.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      I was just joking.

      The fact that they got rid of Carl Crawford’s contract automatically makes it a win for the Sox.

      Just pointing out that, as far as the players in the original deal goes….they traded Casey and ended up with Loney.

    • 1overmind - Aug 27, 2012 at 3:18 AM

      You’re comparing Casey to the throw-in player the Red Sox got back. Basically they traded Rizzo, Kelly, Fuentes, Patterson for De La Rosa, Webster, Sands, DeJesus, Loney… and shed about $126M that was owed to Beckett and Crawford in the process. Easy win for the BoSox. De La Rosa/Webster is probably more valuable to Boston than Rizzo/Kelly would have been. Pitching is their biggest need.

    • pinkfloydprism - Aug 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Bitter Red Sox fan sarcasm alert! I know, because this was me all weekend 😦

  2. phillyphann83 - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Drew, every story on here has been you, where’s CC??? Is he hiding now that the Phillies are getting back in it?

    • djpostl - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      I’m sorry, I could have sworn you said “the Phillies are getting back in it”….

      • deepstblu - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM

        Phils have won or split each of their last five series (three of them against teams that will be in the playoffs if they hold their positions). Not enough to catch up, but not bad for a team with no real starting major league outfielders (Brown hasn’t earned that tag yet) and AAA guys holding down catcher and third base.

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    I hope that the luck of the Irish rides with Kelly.

  4. phillyphann83 - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    This day last year, St. Louis was 10.5 games back in the wildcard and do you remember how it turned out for them??? The Phillies are only 9 back, a game and a half better than where the defending champs were. Dont dismiss them yet, they’re 7-2 in their last 9 games(7 against division leaders) and they’ve only lost 1 series in their last 8. Yeah I’d say they’re getting back in it. They’re a different team since trading Pence and Victorino.

  5. ch0psuey - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Nice Debut kid

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