Kelly was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Kelly hit .283/.375/.459 over 68 games at Triple-A Memphis during the 2017 season. His sound performance resulted in him earning a chance to play for the big club. However, his bat was quiet in the Show, as he hit .174 with a .457 OPS over 34 games with the Cardinals. After going 3-for-30 (.100) this spring, Kelly will return to Memphis and look to get back on track.
Kelly is hitting .130 (3-for-23) with two doubles, two RBI, four walks and two runs in nine spring training games.
The struggles are an extension of Kelly's prior stints against major-league pitching. The 23-year-old backstop slashed just .171/.236/.220 with no homers and seven RBI across 44 regular-season big-league games in 2016-17, and hit just .182 over 33 spring at-bats last season as well. Kelly has been a solid hitter in his last three minor-league stops at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, so the expectation is that he'll come around while likely serving as Yadier Molina's backup in 2018. Even a slight improvement in his luck at the plate would help matters, as Kelly has been victimized by abnormally low .182 and .207 BABIPs in his first two regular-season major-league stints.
Kelly went 0-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Cubs.
Kelly drew the start in place of Yadier Molina (concussion), but his difficult month at the dish continued. Factoring in Tuesday's contest, Kelly is slashing just .150/.261/.200 over 23 September plate appearances, a stretch in which he's only managed one extra-base hit (a double) and one RBI. The rookie backstop could behind the plate again Wednesday if Molina is sidelined once again.
Kelly went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs in Tuesday's 10-2 win over the Brewers.
The rookie catcher started in place of Yadier Molina (abdomen) and ended up contributing the first multi-hit effort of his career. Kelly has generally struggled against big-league pitching thus far, however, as Tuesday's production snapped what had been a 3-for-19 tally in August.
Kelly went 1-for-5 with a two-run double and a run in Friday's 11-4 win over the Cubs.
A late addition to the lineup after Yadier Molina (ankle) was sidelined, Kelly extended the Cardinals' lead to 8-3 with a rope to deep left in the eighth that plated Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong. Kelly had been coming on at Tripe-A Memphis before being called up, as he'd recently hit a career-high 10th home run and was carrying a solid .283/.375/.459 line. He'll slot in as Molina's backup now that veteran Eric Fryer has been jettisoned, but will take a seat Saturday with Molina back in the lineup.
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