After spending parts of the last four seasons at Triple-A but never rising above that, and beginning the season with an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas, Ty Kelly looked to be running out of time to get a shot in the big leagues. The 28-year-old got off to a blazing start in the minors though, accumulating a .328/.409/.435 slash line at Triple-A that earned him multiple trips to the parent club throughout the season. While he didn't hit for a great average in the majors, Kelly was able to carry over his amazing plate discipline, walking more times than he struck out -- a feat he had previously accomplished three times in his first four seasons in the minors. Even with a middling average (.241 in 58 at-bats), his ability to get on base could earn him a utility role next season, but the minor league veteran could also see substantial time back at Triple-A. The latter seems more likely now after he was designated for assignment in February.
Kelly has made the team out of spring training, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Juan Lagares' oblique injury has him ticketed for the disabled list to open the season, so Kelly will break camp to offer bench depth. The utility player may see work once or twice a week under normal circumstances.
Kelly cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A and invited to Mets camp. The Mets DFA's Kelly to make room for recently signed reliever Jerry Blevins, and after he cleared waivers they outrighted him to Triple-A and invited him to camp. However, it's unlikely he'll crack the 25-man roster, with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes occupying the utility spots ahead of him. He'll likely start the season as organizational depth at Triple-A.
Kelly was designated for assignment on Thursday. The move was made to open up room on the roster for recently signed reliever Jerry Blevins. It isn't too much of a surprise, as the 28-year-old was expected to be behind Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores in the utility role for the Mets.
Kelly will compete for a spot on the Mets' bench this spring. The 28-year-old played six positions last season for the team, but with Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores both expected to fill utility roles for the club, Kelly could find himself squeezed off the 25-man roster despite his plate discipline and flashes of productivity in 2016.
Kelly was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday. The journeyman utility player received 58 plate appearances in the big leagues earlier this season, but hit just .245/.345/.367 with one home run. He has an excellent approach, and actually walked more than he struck out (6:8 K:BB), but that's about all he can hang his hat on offensively. Kelly should offer depth at several positions over the final month.