The Phillies announced that they have claimed righty Trevor Kelley off waivers from the Red Sox. He had been selected to the Boston roster in July.
Kelley, 26, didn’t exactly stake a claim to a permanent job in his brief action last year at the game’s highest level. He didn’t get many swings and misses and surrendered eight earned runs in his first 8 1/3 big league innings.
But there was a reason that the Red Sox called upon the sidearming, sinkerballing newcomer. In his 65 1/3 Triple-A innings, Kelley carried a 1.79 ERA that stood out in the hitter-friendly International League. While his peripherals — 8.7 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 1.10 HR/9, 33.5% groundball rate — weren’t exactly eye-popping, Kelley showed enough to make the Phils believe he can at least serve as worthwhile pen depth.
Does t look like he strikes many people out, but who cares if he can replicate the success he’s had. Good claim.
With such a weak system, his numbers in the minors didn’t deserve protecting him?
Good move. Don’t be fooled by last years 8 IP and that 8 ERA. He’s still young, and could be a very effective pitcher out of the BP
And he can coach the Eagles better than the current debacle.
Any of us could.
Can he catch passes from Carson Wentz?
he’s better than Mack Hollins, that’s for sure
Time to move on from Carson?
Not yet. The guy is throwing to a bunch of nobodies. He has had 3 bad games this year, but they were really horrendous. Other than that, I think he’s been good. He’s not elite though.
Hopefully this Kelley is better than Chip Kelly.
Or Ty Kelly
Or Kelly’s Hero’s
I really wanted to see this guy so good and know he can. GL Trevor!
They’ll DFA him in a few weeks to try and sneak him through outright waivers
I’d rather have Gene.
i guess he’s better than a lot of guys we have. still would rather have Edubary though.
He’s got options remaining …so he may end up at AAA .
Nothing wrong with a little pitching depth, especially on this team.
Are the Phillies actually going to add anyone trusted in the pen? I have a bad feeling this will just be like when Klentak signed Hughes and Parker and tried to claim we had one of the top pens in the second half.
It’s still early, but I also don’t think there is such a thing as a sure bet in the bullpen. Just look at Edwin Diaz. Also, Klentak never made that claim.
Both Klentak and MacPhail talked about the bullpen being one of the best the 2nd half of the season,in that end of season press they had with Middleton.
I’m usually a bit of a homer,trying to find the positives in this teams moves.I can’t do it with the 30 & 26 year old aaaa pitchers we’ve added to this point.Those additions sting a little bit,after the division champs added the best available lefty on the market.I just don’t have alot of faith that Klentak and MacPhail have it in them to find any hidden gems.
I think they were referring to their pen getting healthy again which never really happened. As for not getting more arms at the break, last year’s team was not a move or two away. I was happy with them being a little conservative. I thought they made some smart little moves like Dickerson and Vargas, but nothing that would hurt them for 2020. This offseason is a real test.
No,they actually called the pen 1 of the best in the 2nd half.The way it was,with 2019 statistics.Dickerson was good,but Vargas was garbage.
Oh good, Trevor Kelley. I just hope this doesn’t distract them from signing Moose. Wait … ohhh ….