Kelly signed a contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday to avoid arbitration, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
It's the 26-year-old's first year of arbitration eligibility. Kelly posted a .221/.264/.385 slash line in 39 games during 2020 and is expected to begin spring training as Arizona's starting catcher.
Kelly isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Rockies.
Kelly will take a seat for a second consecutive contest after also sitting for Friday's nightcap. Daulton Varsho will start behind the plate with Jon Jay taking over in center field.
Kelly isn't starting Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Rockies.
Kelly started the first game of the twin bill and went 1-for-3 with one strikeout. He'll play a bench role in Game 2 as Stephen Vogt starts behind the plate.
Kelly went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored during the Diamondbacks' 7-3 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Kelly is on track to finish the season on an upswing, hitting 7-for-26 over his previous seven contests while slugging .577. For the season he is still slashing just .207/.246/.371.
Kelly went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 7-0 win over the Rangers.
Kelly went deep off Rangers starter Jordan Lyles in the sixth inning to provide the Diamondbacks' final runs of the game. That was Kelly's fifth homer of the year to go with 15 RBI, eight runs scored and a .196/.237/.366 slash line in 36 contests.
Kelly will sit Saturday against the Astros, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Kelly has remained the primary catcher down the stretch, starting 11 of 18 games this month. Daulton Varsho will get the nod behind the plate in his absence.
Kelly is not starting Wednesday's game against the Angels.
Kelly has been the Diamondbacks' primary catcher this season, though he doesn't have a particularly large role, starting 27 of the team's first 50 games. Stephen Vogt gets the nod behind the plate for this one.
Kelly went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two doubles and an additional run scored in a victory over the Angels on Tuesday.
Kelly launched a homer to left field in the second inning , the third long ball of five hit by Arizona in the contest. He later came around to score another run after slugging a leadoff double in the fourth frame. The three-hit game was only the second of the season for the backstop, who is batting a disappointing .206/.252/.371 on the campaign.
Kelly is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
Kelly had started each of the past four games (three times at catcher, once as a designated hitter), so he'll be getting some routine maintenance in the series finale. Daulton Varsho substitutes in for Kelly behind the dish.
Kelly went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's victory over the Dodgers.
Kelly did his part in a sixth-inning rally to help the Diamondbacks take control of the game for good, mashing a two-run homer against reliever Tony Gonsolin. It was long ball No. 3 of the season for Kelly, who is averaging just .195/.239/.322.
Kelly is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers.
Kelly owns an OPS of .400 over his last 12 games. Both of Arizona's other catchers will be the lineup Tuesday, with Daulton Varsho behind the plate and Stephen Vogt serving as the designated hitter.
Kelly went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Kelly's third-inning long ball was the only run Arizona could muster off Dodgers starter Julio Urias. It was Kelly's second homer of the year, to go with eight RBI, four runs scored and a .194 batting average through 67 plate appearances. Expect the 26-year-old Kelly to continue splitting time with Stephen Vogt behind the dish.
Kelly isn't starting Monday against the Rockies.
Kelly will be excluded from the lineup for the second straight contest after going hitless in his past seven at-bats. Stephen Vogt will take over as the starting catcher again Monday.
Kelly is not in the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Kelly started three of the past four games but will head to the bench after going 0-for-7 during that stretch. Stephen Vogt will take over behind the plate Sunday for the Diamondbacks.
Kelly isn't in the lineup Friday against the Giants.
Kelly continues to share time behind the plate, and he'll get a day off after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts over the past two contests. Stephen Vogt will start at catcher Friday.
Kelly is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Oakland, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Kelly appears to be slipping behind Stephen Vogt in the pecking order behind the plate for the Diamondbacks. Vogt starts Tuesday, his fourth start in the last six games and his seventh in the last 11 contests.
Kelly is not in Sunday's lineup against the Padres.
His playing time has been somewhat inconsistent, but he is 4-for-8 with a home run and three RBI over his last two games. Stephen Vogt will start behind the dish and bat seventh.
Kelly went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Padres.
As important as Kelly's bat was to the win, it was a stellar play on defense that was key to the win. The catcher positioned his foot to block the hand of Jorge Mateo and then made a deft tag on the final play of the game. Manager Torey Lovullo had talked about splitting the catching duties more evenly between Kelly and Stephen Vogt, which still may happen, but it was nice to see Kelly's bat break out of its early season slumber. He entered the contest with a .167/.268/.278 slash line. Perhaps the home run Kelly hit Tuesday, his previous start before Saturday's, ignited the cold stick in his hands.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Kelly and backup Stephen Vogt will share the catching duties evenly going forward, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Kelly's offensive slump dragged into into the second quarter of the 60-game season, which resulted in Vogt starting five of the last seven games, including Friday night. "It's going to probably flatten out and be 50/50," Lovullo said. Kelly, who snapped a hitless streak of 15 at-bats in his last start, is slashing .167/.268/.278 over 13 games (41 plate appearances).
Kelly is not in the lineup Friday against the Padres.
Kelly finds himself on the bench for the fifth time in the past seven games as he is 6-for-36 in 13 games this season. Stephen Vogt receives another start behind the plate for Arizona.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||vs COL||W 11-3||3||2||2||0||2||0||0|
|09/25||vs COL||W 4-0||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/23||vs TEX||W 7-3||4||1||2||0||2||0||0|
|09/22||vs TEX||W 7-0||4||1||1||1||3||0||0|
|09/20||@ HOU||L 2-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/18||@ HOU||W 6-3||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/17||@ LAA||L 3-7||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2012||R-Johnson City Cardina||56||213||24||48||10||0||9||25||10||33||0||0||.225||.263||.399|
|2013||ASX-State College Spikes||70||271||35||75||16||1||4||32||20||31||1||0||.277||.340||.388|
|2015||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||108||389||30||85||18||1||8||51||22||64||0||0||.218||.263||.332|