Kelly a hitter, not a pitcher
News and notes from Tuesday in the minor leagues
Updated: July 15, 2009, 1:28 PM ETBy Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Pitching in with the batCasey Kelly, DH, Red Sox (Rookie-Level GCL Red Sox)
Tuesday's stats: 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, K
Just two days after pitching an impressive inning in the Futures Game, Kelly returned to action, only as a shortstop. As fantastic as he looked on the mound, it's difficult at this point to see the final six weeks of the season as much more than a sideshow. Given his success as a pitcher, what does he realistically have to do for the Red Sox to decide his future is as an everyday player? Hit .450? So far, he's at .333.
I'm guessing the Indians aren't all that surprisedLonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Indians (High-A Kinston)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-5, 2B, HR (15), R, 2 RBI
Many were surprised to see the Indians select Chisenhall in the first round of last year's draft, because most saw him as more of a supplemental type of talent, but he's already looking like one of the round's more astute selections. An assignment to the Carolina League was one level higher than expected, but he's passed the test with flying colors. He's now batting .288/.364/.515 (average/on-base/slugging) after going deep in back-to-back games as part of a 14-game hitting streak, and scouts call his swing one of the league's prettiest.
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