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Casey Kelly shines in his major league debut

Aug 28, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

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Casey Kelly has had more advanced pub than a lot of rookies. He was a big-time draftee for the Red Sox and famously split time as a shortstop and a pitcher in the minors.  Then he was part of the Adrian Gonzalez trade v.1.

On a personal note, the girlfriend lives in San Antonio, has season tickets to the Double-A Missions and watched him pitch a bunch last year during which time she decided he was one of her baseball boyfriends, so I get an earful about him. I showed her, though: I saw him in his skivvies in the clubhouse during spring training back in March and won’t tell her how he looked.

Anyway, because of all of that, his major league debut last night was notable. A debut I would have missed but for the fact that the girlfriend reminded me of it — which is awful on my part considering he was pitching against the Braves and I wasn’t planning on watching them — but I tuned in anyway.  And the kid was impressive.

I wasn’t a dominating start. He only struck out four and was only touching the low 90s when scouting reports say he’s capable of much more. But he was nonetheless impressive. His curve looked great, fooling many a Brave batter. He held Atlanta scoreless for six innings before the bullpen took the shutout the rest of the way. Thank God he didn’t strike out 12 or something or else the girlfriend would be writing mash notes to him all morning.

Anyway, just another thing going right for the Padres these days.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    *Four* sexy strikeouts! Ah..Ah..Ahhhh.

  2. paperlions - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    He was actually part of Adrian Gonzalez trade v.2. Gonzalez was traded to the Padres by Texas.

  3. Earl Westlake - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    ok, if we are gonna play this game…Adrian Gonzalez was actually traded by the Marlins to Texas. better make it V.3

    • missthemexpos - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      If Gonzalez was traded back in little league does it now make it V.4 ?

  4. mississippimusicman - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    At least he wasn’t traded to Humble Pie for a case of Heineken. Oh wait, wrong sport!

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

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      • mississippimusicman - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Glad somebody got the reference to what is, in my opinion, the best Rock movie of its decade.

  5. frenchysplatediscipline - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    6+ IP 3 H and 0 R – how is this not dominant?

    Also not sure about the low 90′s comment – he reached 94 and 95 several times last night.

    And once again – a rookie makes his first career start against the Braves and looks like a freaking Hall of Famer.

    FML.

    • bravojawja - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      And once again – a rookie makes his first career start against the Braves and looks like a freaking Hall of Famer.

      This drives me crazy. The other WC team should just call up some kid from A ball and put him on the mound in the play-in game and save their aces for the Division Series.

      Especially if it’s a Monday.

    • echech88 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      Don’t act like this is exclusive to the Braves. Rookie pitchers who can keep their heads on during their first start tend to do really well because nobody has seen them before or knows what to expect.

    • paperlions - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      Great results doesn’t necessarily equal dominant performance. If you only K 4 guys, you had to get a little lucky to only give up 3 hits (and being in PetCo didn’t hurt).

      • ch0psuey - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        Both teams did get Petco’d last night. Bourn, Quentin, and one or two others I cant remember.

  6. icanspeel - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    He looked great out there, esp since I didn’t see him in his skivvies. Besides his pitching, he looked good defensively due to his SS background and he could hit. If he can stay healthy the Padres rotation will look that much better with Kelly in it

  7. bigleagues - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    A tad sobering for Red Sox fans. Had the Sox just passed on A-GONE, then we’d be enjoying the emergence of The Rizz AND Craig’s GF’s Fantasy Baseball BF!

  8. kiwicricket - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Your GF’s imaginary images of Casey Kelly in his skivvies, will always be more powerful than you actually in your skivvies, Craig. There is no point fighting this one.

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