Kelly looks like he’s headed to pitch for the Gators of UF, assuming he doesn’t end up as a pretty high draft choice, which right now doesn’t look very likely, but stranger things have happened in the weeks leading up to sports most unpredictable draft.
At 6’3″ and 185 pounds, Kelly could still stand to pack some meat onto his lean frame, but what he already has seems to be good enough. He posted a 10-4 record and a 2.06 ERA for West Boca H.S. in 2010 and also hit .323 with 17 RBI.
Kelly already throws in the high 80s to low 90s, and I expect him to add a few ticks as he packs on some more pounds. That would give him a pretty impressive fastball to pair with his curveball, which could develop into an above-average pitch.
Both pitches served him well in 2010, as he led West Boca to a district championship, tossing a complete-game five-hitter, while striking out seven batters.
And he’s been at it again in 2011, leading West Boca to the state championship game with his bat, crushing a two-run homer to clinch the spot in the title game for WBH.