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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Casey Kelly (Credit: Dave Lax/Baseball Factory)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Casey Kelly
School:Sarasota HS (Fla.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:194 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/13/08
Game(s):Riverview HS

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:The biggest concern surrounding Kelly is whether the bat will play. It looked like he had made some strides early this season.
Power:The hope is that he'll grow into power. He has the chance to be a phsyical kid.
Running Speed:Kelly is an average runner, perhaps a tick better going around turns.
Base Running:Kelly has very good instincts on the basepaths.
Arm Strength:Also a pitcher and quarterback, Kelly has plus arm strength.
Fielding:Very graceful for his size, there's nothing that says Kelly can't play shortstop at the next level.
Range:He has good range, especially for a bigger middle infielder.
Physical Description:Kelly is a big, physical shortstop who's gained 15-20 pounds since last summer.
Medical Update:He missed about a month of the football season with a staph infection, but is fine now.
Strengths:Kelly is a tremendous athlete who can do a lot of things well on the field. As the son of former big leaguer Pat Kelly, he grew up around the game, so he plays it the right way.
Weaknesses:It's all a question of whether he'll hit. If he can, he could develop into an exciting, athletic Major League shortstop.

Focus Area
Fastball:Kelly throws his fastball in the 88-92 mph range, with room for more if he were to focus on pitching.
Fastball movement:He's got good life and sink down in the zone.
Curve:Kelly can spin a very good breaking ball.
Changeup:Considering his limited experience pitching, he has shown a good feel for a change.
Control:He throws plenty of strikes.
Poise:Kelly carries himself like a pro, someone who grew up around the game.
Strengths:He has an advanced feel for pitching despite his lack of experience.
Weaknesses:The lack of experience makes it harder to project him as a pitcher. His fastball velocity is only average at this point.
Summary:One of the better athletes in the class, whoever drafts Kelly will have to lure him from being a two-sport star at the University of Tennessee, where he is a quarterback recruit. Big and athletic, he has all the tools to play shortstop. The main question is whether he'll swing the bat well enough and that could determine his Draft status as a hitter. As a pitcher, he's a bit raw, but has the makings of three outstanding pitches and could be more intriguing to scouts on the mound.