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Timothy James Kennelly

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Tim Kennelly is the brother of Mathew Kennelly and reached AA in 2009, at age 22. Their father was a member of the Australian PGA for 16 years.

Kennelly was signed by scout Kevin Hooker for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2004. He made his minor league debut with the 2005 GCL Phillies, hitting .295/.415/.420 as their main third baseman. In the 2006 Claxton Shield, Tim batted .167/.231/.375 for the Western Australia Heelers, 3 of his four hits going for extra bases.

Kennelly split the summer of 2006 between the Batavia Muckdogs (.224/.293/.284 in 42 G) and the Lakewood Blue Claws (5 for 25, 2 2B, HR, 9 K). In the 2007 Claxton Shield, the Perth native was just 2 for 17. Back in the US that summer, he played for Lakewood (2 for 15), the Clearwater Threshers (1 for 6) and the Williamsport Crosscutters (.235/.296/.348 in 39 G).

Tim hit .289/.448/.311 in the 2008 Shield. He led the tournament with 12 walks and helped Western Australia to the pennant; he had one less hit than brother and teammate Mathew (14 to 13) in 2 fewer at-bats (47 to 45). He spent most of the 2008 US season with Lakewood, improving his batting line to .275/.357/.375, being used mostly as a backup outfielder.

Kennelly bats during the 2009 World Cup.

In the 2009 Shield, Tim batted .275/.324/.507 with 13 RBI in 16 games. He tied for 4th in the event in RBI and his 7 doubles were one behind leader Paul Rutgers. He continued to blossom in the minor leagues as well. With Clearwater, he hit .303/.382/.450 with 27 doubles and 46 RBI in 76 games despite having no set position (he played catcher, first base, third base, right field and left field). Promoted to the Reading Phillies, he batted .256/.338/.393 in 37 games. He made the Florida State League postseason All-Star team as the DH, then was put on Australia's roster for the 2009 Baseball World Cup.

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