With Alex Rodriguez out on the disabled list for surgery on his left hip and a trade for outfielder Abraham Almonte the New York Yankees have room for pitcher Shawn Kelley of the Seattle Mariners on the 40 man roster.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 26, 1984, to Dennis and Rhonda, Kelley made his Major League debut in 2009 with the Mariners. A 13th round draft pick, Kelley was picked up as a fifth year senior after being spotted in an epic college duel between Austin Peay and Vanderbilt in 2007. Pitching for Austin Peay, Kelley faced pitcher and Tampa Bay Rays first round draft pick Jason Price. Vanderbilt was expected to dominate with Price however, Kelley matched Price pitch for pitch gaining momentum, attention and almost a win. At the time Kelley remarked on the fact that he could contend so closely with the first round draft pick, “I think probably every inning I pitched I could have been moving up in rounds, literally speaking.” Ultimately moving his rumored draft pick status from round 20-25 up to the 13th round.
After spending a short period of time in Class A, AA, AAA and in Venezuela, Kelley made an impression on Mariner Coach Rick Adair in the minor leagues and got his Major League debut in April 10, 2009, at Oakland, firing a scoreless inning. “We heard so much about his makeup, his ability to pitch, the way he competed and his command,” Adair said. “When he came into camp that is what we saw. He made a huge impression day one and still does. Great young man, great competitor who belongs in the big leagues.”
Thankful to be blessed with luck and good timing Kelley speaks of his career with gratitude, “still sometimes today I step back from looking at all the numbers and everything and appreciate the fact I am getting to do something I dreamed about as a little kid.”
Traded on February 13, 2013, Kelley, will serve as a middle reliever for New York. An avid tweeter be sure to check out
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