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Scouting Report: Joe Kelly, RHP, UC Riverside (2009 Draft)

May 31, 2009

(photo: Baseball Beginnings)

(photo: Baseball Beginnings)


Joe Kelly, RHP
UC Riverside (2009 Draft)
Games Seen: 1, Innings Pitched: 2




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Medium build, average height, rangy and athletic frame. Long arms and fingers, narrow legs.

STRENGTHS: Loose and easy arm action and delivery. Smooth and explosive tendencies, FB tops 94, average 92-93. Power Slider 87-88, improving, occasional bite. Above-average athlete for pitcher. Closer mentality.

WEAKNESSES: Inexperience; sometimes falls out of mechanics and front opens. Must develop consistency – correctable with innings and instruction.

SUMMARY: Live arm and great makeup for closer. Father former professional football player. Only third full year as a pitcher. Just scratching the surface. Should become two-pitch closer at ML level.

Fastball       45/65
Slider           45/60
Control       40/50
Command  40/50
Delivery     40/50

Overall Future Potential:  56

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