Joe Kelly (kellyjo05)
From BR Bullpen
Joseph William Kelly Jr.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 165 lb.
- School University of California, Riverside
- High School Corona High School
- Debut June 10, 2012
 Biographical Information
Kelly was excellent as a freshman, going 3-1 with 6 saves and a 1.32 ERA for UC Riverside. Collegiate Baseball named him a Freshman All-American. He also made first-team All-Big West Conference. He was one of three freshman pitchers picked for Team USA's roster for the 2007 Pan American Games. In the Games, he allowed two hits, two walks and two runs (one earned) in two innings but got the win against the host Brazilian national team. The USA won a Silver Medal. Kelly then gave up 3 runs in two innings in the 2007 World Port Tournament. For the summer, he was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 outings for the US; he tied Jordy Mercer for third on Team USA in appearances.
Kelly had a sophomore slump big time in 2008. He went 2-1 with six saves but with a 9.35 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP for Riverside. In '09, Kelly saved 12 games but his record was otherwise unimpressive at 1-1, 5.65. He set the UCR record with 24 career saves. The St. Louis Cardinals still made him their third-round pick of the 2009 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Jeff Ishii and began his pro career that summer.
The Cards assigned the right-hander to the Batavia Muckdogs. In 16 games in 2009, he went 2-3 with a save and a 4.75 ERA, striking out 30 in 30 1/3 IP.
Kelly made his major league debut with the Cardinals on June 10, 2012, giving up 1 run in 5 innings in a start against the Cleveland Indians. He earned his first major league win on June 22nd, over the Kansas City Royals after the Cards staked him to a 4-0 league before he threw his first pitch. He pitched 6 innings, leaving the game with an 11-3 lead. On June 25th, he was used as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded in the 10th inning of a game against the Miami Marlins; confusion over a double switch made the previous inning had forced Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to use his last available position player, and Kelly was his last option to pinch-hit for reliever Victor Marte. He made his manager proud by beating out an infield single, driving in a key run as the Cards held on for an 8-7 win.
- UC Riverside bio
- 2009 Riverside stats
- 2007 World Port Tournament stats
- 2008-2010 Baseball Almanacs