2018 Non Roster Invite: Ty Kelly

Guess who’s back?
Back Again?
Kelly’s Back.
Tell a Mensch.

Ty Kelly has been a member of many organizations since being drafted in 2009 by the Orioles. He was traded in 2013 to the Mariners for Thames, he then was traded to the Cardinals for Gaviglio. He was then selected off waivers by the Blue Jays and signed with the Mets in November of 2015. The Mets DFA’d him in April and he was selected off waivers by the Blue Jays and then was purchased by the Phillies. In January he became a Met again.

Last year we concluded the following about Kelly:

It will be a hard road for Kelly, there are a lot of players in front of him. He’ll also get a good amount of playing time since he’s heading off to play for Israel in the WBC.

And ultimately the Mets needed him early in the season, which led to the Mets having to DFA him which started Kelly’s 2017 journey around the majors. He only had 1 PA with the Mets were he struck out in 2017 and then for the Phillies he had 104 where he slashed .193/.260/.341 (thanks to two homers in 88 ABs). In the previous year for the Mets he hit .241/.352/.345 in 71 PAs.

The Mets shouldn’t have to rely on Kelly heavily at any point this year unless something goes wrong. This being the Mets, that’s completely possible as a lot went wrong last year. He’s a solid depth signing that gives the Mets flexibility without need to expose any prospects to the majors too early.

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