Player Profile: Casey Kelly
Born October 4, 1989 Sarasota, Fl Ht 6-3, Wt 200 lbs Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (30th pick) of the 2008 draft by Boston out of Sarasota High School (FL). Signed for 2.631 million bonus with 3 million deferred over 5 yrs.
A standout athlete in high school, Kelly played quarterback for the football team and pitched and played shortstop for the baseball team. At the end of his senior year he had committed to U of Tennessee to play quarterback for the football team. When drafted by the Red Sox, Kelly struggled with the decision between college and pro baseball. He finally selected baseball, probably partially due to the fact his father, Pat Kelly, was a former 9 yr major league infielder with the Yankees, Cardinals and Blue Jays.
Then came the decision about which role he would be playing in his major league career. Casey had the enviable position of being an excellent athlete at both the shortstop position and as a starting pitcher. The Red Sox organization made the unusual move of allowing him to play both positions in his first pro year, hoping that the most obvious choice would make itself clear.