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29 Merrill Kelly SP

Arizona Diamondbacks

Fantasy Stats
ROST%START%
39%9%
Key Stats
IPWLSVERAKSBB
31.13202.59295
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2019ARI13144.4232300000183.1184959029257158
2020ARI322.5950000031.1269951529

Player Updates

September 17, 2020 08:36 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Upbeat following surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) said he should begin throwing in late November or early December, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Kelly underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last week and is optimistic after talking with medical experts. He also spoke with Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb, who had the same procedure and said he's had no issues since. Kelly expects to be ready by spring training.

September 10, 2020 06:44 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Undergoes surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) underwent surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

The procedure involves the removal of a rib with the goal to relieve pressure on the nerves in the shoulder. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo described the surgery as "perfect," and Kelly is expected to be ready for the 2021 season.

September 9, 2020 05:32 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) will undergo surgery Wednesday to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

The 31-year-old underwent a procedure in late August to treat a blood clot in his right shoulder, and he'll now undergo surgery to address the nerve issue, which includes the removal of a rib to alleviate pressure in the area. Kelly could start playing catch eight weeks after the surgery, so if all goes well he may be ready for the start of spring training. He remains under team control for the next few years, and the Diamondbacks seem likely to exercise his $4.25 million club option for 2021 after he posted a 2.59 ERA and 0.99 ERA through 31.1 innings this season.

September 1, 2020 05:00 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Officially shut down for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Diamondbacks shifted Kelly (shoulder) to the 45-day injured list Monday.

The transaction confirms that Kelly will miss the remainder of the season after doctors determined that a blood clot had caused a nerve impingement in his right shoulder. Kelly underwent a procedure to address the blood clot and is expected to be back to full strength for spring training. Considering how well Kelly pitched prior to getting shut down (2.59 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 29 strikeouts over 31.1 innings), the Diamondbacks will most likely exercise his affordable $5.25 million club option for 2021 over the winter.

August 27, 2020 03:52 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Undergoes procedure
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly underwent a procedure earlier in the week to dissolve a blood clot in his right shoulder.

Kelly is expected to miss the remainder of the 2020 season following the procedure. Prior to getting injured, the right-hander notched a 2.59 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 29:5 K:BB across five appearances (31.1 innings).

August 26, 2020 05:32 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Unlikely to return this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Mike Hazen said Kelly (shoulder) probably won't return this season, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Kelly underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from his right shoulder earlier in the week, and it sounds like the right-hander is expected to miss the remainder of the season as a result. This is a tough blow for Kelly, who compiled a 2.59 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 29:5 K:BB across five appearances (31.1 innings) before landing on the shelf. Taylor Clarke started in place of Kelly on Monday and could continue to do so.

August 27, 2020 06:16 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Undergoes surgery on blood clot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Torey Lovullo said after Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Rockies that Kelly underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from his right shoulder, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Kelly was scratched ahead of his scheduled start Monday and placed on the 10-day injured list later that day with what the club labeled as a right shoulder impingement, but the blood clot may have been detected during follow-up examinations. Lovullo didn't provide an estimated timeline for Kelly's return, but given the nature of the 31-year-old's procedure, he's seemingly at risk of missing the remainder of the season. The setback is an unfortunate one for both the Diamondbacks and the right-hander, who had been one of the club's top pitchers this season with a 2.59 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 31.1 innings over his five starts.

August 24, 2020 09:40 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Placed on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) was moved to the 10-day injured list Monday.

Kelly was scratched from Monday's start due to a right shoulder nerve impingement, and he'll need at least a 10-day stay on the injured list while on the mend. Riley Smith was recalled from Arizona's alternate training site in a corresponding move.

August 24, 2020 09:32 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: No longer starting
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly won't make his scheduled start Monday night against the Rockies due to a right shoulder nerve impingement, Fox Sports Arizona reports.

Kelly was on track to make his sixth start of the 2020 campaign Monday, but he's since been scratched due to the injury. Taylor Clarke will toe the rubber in Kelly's place. The right-hander can be considered day-to-day until another update surfaces.

August 20, 2020 07:28 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Grinds through five innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (3-2) took the loss to the Athletics on Wednesday. He allowed four runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out seven over five innings.

Kelly's streak of quality starts ended at four, as the Athletics' hitters knew immediately the right-hander wasn't sharp and made him grind though 99 pitches. Still, he managed to fan seven batters. His ERA, a tidy 1.71 to start the night, increased to a still-good 2.59 after the outing. Kelly lines up next to start Monday at home against Colorado.

August 15, 2020 05:52 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Whiffs seven in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (3-1) pitched 6.2 scoreless innings to record the win over the Padres on Friday. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Kelly dueled with Padres starter Dinelson Lamet, and the former's scoreless outing was enough to come out on top. The 31-year-old Kelly is now four-for-four in quality starts this year and has a 1.71 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 22:3 K:BB across 26.1 innings. The right-hander lines up for his next start versus the heavy-hitting Athletics on Wednesday.

August 9, 2020 01:04 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Gives up one run in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (2-1) surrendered one run on six hits and struck out four over six innings, earning the win Saturday versus the Padres.

Kelly outperformed Padres ace Chris Paddack in the contest. The only blemish on Kelly's line was a Fernando Tatis solo shot in the first inning. The right-handed Kelly has a 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 19.2 innings this season. He lines up for his next start Friday at home in a rematch against the Padres.

August 2, 2020 08:08 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Yields three runs in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (1-1) allowed three runs on nine hits over six innings Sunday, striking out four batters and taking the loss against the Dodgers.

Things were rough for Kelly right out of the gate as Cody Bellinger took him deep for a two-run blast in the first inning. The 31-year-old settled in for a few innings before Mookie Betts knocked a solo shot off him in the fifth. In his first two starts, Kelly has posted an impressive 2.63 ERA and 11:1 K:BB in 13.2 innings. He'll draw a start in San Diego next weekend.

July 29, 2020 12:40 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Sharp in Tuesday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (1-0) notched the win in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over the Rangers, giving up one run on three hits and a walk over 7.2 innings. He struck out seven.

The right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Rougned Odor connected on a solo shot to ruin Kelly's bid for history. If there's a note of concern with an otherwise stellar performance, it's that Kelly threw a whopping 104 pitches (71 strikes) -- a huge number for a first start, given the chaotic nature of the preparations for the campaign -- and that could encourage manager Torey Lovullo to find an extra day of rest for Kelly before his next outing. On the other hand, it's hard to argue with the results.

July 18, 2020 06:36 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Officially nabs rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Diamondbacks announced Saturday that Kelly will begin the season in the starting rotation, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

The 31-year-old was considered the favorite for the No. 5 spot in the rotation with the absence of Mike Leake (opt out), and he was able to hold off Alex Young to secure the job. Kelly made 32 starts in his first big-league season in 2019 and had a 4.42 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 158:57 K:BB across 183.1 innings.

July 9, 2020 10:20 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Up to four innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly threw four innings and 67 pitches in an intrasquad game Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

This was Kelly's second throwing session of summer camp as he works toward joining the rotation as a replacement for Mike Leake, who opted out of the season. He got knocked around, giving up three home runs during the session. The right-hander is competing with left-hander Alex Young as the main contenders for the No. 5 job.

July 4, 2020 01:08 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Faces live hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly faced batters Friday for what amounted to three innings of work, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

Kelly threw a total of 50 pitches and looked "very crisp," according to manager Torey Lovullo. The right-hander is the presumed front-runner to claim the No. 5 starting job, a spot that was slated for Mike Leake before the veteran opted out for the 2020 season.

June 30, 2020 05:32 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Likely bound for rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly will likely claim a spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation after Mike Leake announced he will forgo playing in 2020, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Leake had a spot in the rotation with the only issue of uncertainty being the wrist injury he suffered prior to spring training. The right-handed Kelly initially worked as a reliever during the spring but also prepared in case Leake wasn't ready for the original Opening Day. That preparation became moot as the pandemic-fueled delay gave Leake enough time to heal from his injury. Others lining up for the rotation behind Kelly are lefty Alex Young and righties Jon Duplantier and Taylor Clarke.

March 8, 2020 08:20 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Flawless until fourth
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three over four innings in Saturday's spring start against the Padres.

Kelly navigated the first three innings allowing just a walk and a hit, but San Diego first baseman Ty France took him deep in the fourth. The right-hander needed 56 pitches (37 strikes) to complete his four innings. "When you put together a baseball game and looking at starting pitching," manager Torey Lovullo told Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic, "you're looking for what Kelly gave us. He was on the attack. I could feel in the dugout that he was doing a good job with his fastball." It was Kelly's second Cactus League start as he works toward a possible spot in the rotation to begin the season. Kelly's role partly depends on the availability of Mike Leake (wrist).

March 3, 2020 05:24 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Makes first spring start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out three over 2.2 innings in Monday's spring game against the Giants.

Kelly, who threw in relief last week, made his first start of the spring and will be building up as a starter during camp. The right-hander threw 49 pitches Monday. Kelly's still not assured of a spot in the rotation, but he could be the replacement if Mike Leake (left wrist) is not ready for the start of the regular season. In two spring outings, Kelly has allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over four innings.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs San Diego 26.231 3.7101226
vs LHB 81.100 3.5403163
vs RHB 102.000 5.1202695
Last 7 Games
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7/28@TEX1007.23117
8/2LAD0106.09304
8/8@SD1006.06104
8/14SD1006.23027
8/19@OAK0105.05427
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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020ARI322.5855000031.3269951529
2019ARI13144.4232320000183.3184959029257158
Total16164.160370000214.32101049934362187
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020ARI132321.0000000.2180.9891259.19
2019ARI41921821.1000104.2601.31577711.93
Total52242141.0062104.2541.26990211.55
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2010ASX-Hudson Valley Renega 21.0710110195162.141.000
2010AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro 16.0520010108157.311.438
2011AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab129.02523087070511173.281.302
2012AA-Montgomery Biscuits 88.132908306128843.581.271
2013AAA-Durham Bulls 84.2151408407034743.211.283
2013AA-Montgomery Biscuits 73.2131205604131544.181.161
2014AAA-Durham Bulls114.028150940108371072.761.263
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/190
Birthdate:
10/14/1988
Age:
31
Hometown:
Houston, TX
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Arizona Diamondbacks
College:
Arizona State
MLB Experience:
2