Kelly is hitting .400 over his last 10 games at Double-A, including two home runs. The converted catcher is hitting .294 on the season for Springfield. Kelly was drafted in by the Cardinals as third baseman in 2012. He made the transition to catcher prior to the 2014 season, making this his third full season. Kelly struggled most of 2014 and 2015, but has found his stride this season. He looks more comfortable behind the plate, which is allowing him to focus more on his offense this season. The 21-year-old still has a long way to go if he wants to become a big-league catcher, but his play this season at Double-A is a sign of hope.
The Cardinals announced another round of roster cuts on Saturday. The team optioned left-hander Tyler Lyons and infielder Greg Garcia down to Triple-A Memphis, and reassigned catcher Carson Kelly and infielder Breyvic Valera down to minor-league camp, according to MLB.com.
The Cardinals announced Monday they optioned Angel Castro, Mike O'Neill and Rafael Ortega to Triple-A Memphis. The team also reassigned Kurt Heyer, Boone Whiting, Patrick Wisdom, Carson Kelly, Casey Rasmus and Cody Stanley to minor-league camp.
The Cardinals haven't ruled out giving catcher and converted third baseman Carson Kelly a look behind the plate during Grapefruit League action, MLB.com reports. Kelly received an invitiation to major-league camp so he could receive instruction from manager Mike Matheny and catcher Yadier Molina as he makes his transition to a new role, and he has "opened eyes in the process." Kelly played in 113 games last season between low Class A State College and Class A Peoria, hitting .257/.322/.357 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 417 at-bats.