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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
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Birth Date7-14-1994
Height6' 2"
Weight220 lbs
Age24 years, 4 months, 27 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2014
2015
0.02016
0.52017
-0.02018
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2016 SLN 21 10 14 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .154 .214 .231 89 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.0
2017 SLN 22 34 75 12 3 0 0 5 11 1 0 0 .174 .240 .217 72 -2.4 0.7 3.0 0.5
2018 SLN 23 19 42 4 0 0 0 3 7 1 0 0 .114 .205 .114 76 -1.0 -0.2 -0.9 0.0
Career6313118400820300.154.227.18875-3.50.31.90.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2012 JCY Rk 56 225 .245 .317 .364 .228 112 -8.3 7.0 0.3 108 2 -6.9 -0.9 2.0 0.1
2013 PEO A 43 168 .248 .322 .362 .248 103 -3.1 4.7 -0.5 91 2 -4.6 0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2013 SCO A- 70 299 .254 .322 .360 .301 111 0 7.6 0.7 117 2 -8.5 -0.9 6.8 0.6
2014 PEO A 98 415 .249 .317 .366 .274 92 1.9 11.8 4.3 112 1 -0.7 -2.2 6.5 2.0
2015 PMB A+ 108 419 .245 .308 .329 .239 96 -15.4 11.3 6.4 99 1 1.3 -1.0 0.2 2.0
2016 SLN MLB 10 14 .264 .344 .415 .182 103 -0.8 0.4 0.2 89 28 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.0
2016 SFD AA 64 236 .247 .309 .374 .339 97 5.4 6.4 3.6 101 1 7.6 -0.9 0.6 1.9
2016 MEM AAA 32 126 .263 .324 .402 .340 96 0.2 3.5 2.2 91 1 2.4 -0.1 -0.7 0.7
2016 GDD Wnt 21 94 .000 .000 .000 .264 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 SLN MLB 34 75 .240 .315 .407 .207 94 -8 2.2 1.1 72 16 3.0 0.7 -2.4 0.5
2017 MEM AAA 68 280 .270 .337 .426 .304 93 10.7 8.3 5 118 1 10.8 -1.9 7.6 2.9
2018 SLN MLB 19 42 .246 .309 .400 .143 95 -4.9 1.2 0.7 76 16 -0.9 -0.2 -1.0 0.0
2018 MEM AAA 83 349 .273 .343 .423 .299 92 8.8 10.2 6.2 113 1 10.1 -0.6 7.8 3.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2012 JCY Rk 225 213 24 48 10 0 9 85 25 10 33 0 0 .225 .263 .399 .174 0 1
2013 PEO A 168 146 18 32 6 0 2 44 13 13 25 0 0 .219 .288 .301 .082 2 5
2013 SCO A- 299 271 35 75 16 1 4 105 32 20 31 1 0 .277 .340 .387 .111 0 2
2014 PEO A 415 363 41 90 17 4 6 133 49 37 54 1 0 .248 .326 .366 .118 4
2015 PMB A+ 419 389 30 85 18 1 8 129 51 22 64 0 0 .219 .263 .332 .113 5 0
2016 SFD AA 236 216 29 62 7 0 6 87 18 14 46 0 1 .287 .338 .403 .116 1 2
2016 GDD Wnt 94 77 12 22 4 0 3 35 18 13 4 2 0 .286 .387 .455 .169 2 1
2016 SLN MLB 14 13 1 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 .154 .214 .231 .077 0 0
2016 MEM AAA 126 113 14 33 10 0 0 43 14 11 17 0 0 .292 .352 .381 .088 1 1
2017 MEM AAA 280 244 37 69 13 0 10 112 41 33 40 0 2 .283 .375 .459 .176 0 0
2017 SLN MLB 75 69 5 12 3 0 0 15 6 5 11 0 0 .174 .240 .217 .043 0 0
2018 MEM AAA 349 294 38 79 14 1 7 116 41 48 48 0 0 .269 .378 .395 .126 2 0
2018 SLN MLB 42 35 1 4 0 0 0 4 3 3 7 0 0 .114 .205 .114 .000 0 3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2016 43 0.4884 0.4651 0.7500 0.7619 0.1818 0.7500 0.7500 0.2500 0.0000
2017 284 0.4648 0.4120 0.8376 0.5909 0.2566 0.9103 0.6923 0.1624 0.0000
2018 157 0.5732 0.4268 0.7910 0.6444 0.1343 0.8448 0.4444 0.2090 0.0000
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 ARI $
2018 SLN $
2017 SLN $
2016 SLN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 161 dCAA Sports2019

Details
  • 2019
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/18. Acquired by Arizona in trade from St. Louis 12/5/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Contract selected by St. Louis 9/4/16.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2012 (2-86) (Westview HS, Portland, Ore.). $1.6M signing bonus ($0.5743M slot).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG DRC+
10 vs L (Multi) .667 .667 1.000 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .000 .091 .000 ?
18 Split (Multi) -.667 -.576 -1.000 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 ?
30 vs L (2016) .667 .667 1.000 ?
31 vs R (2016) .000 .091 .000 ?
38 Split (2016) -.667 -.576 -1.000 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 ?

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-04-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see productive MLB careers behind the dish for Daulton Varsho and Carson Kelly? Preference and why?
(GBdontgivea%&^$ from Wisconsin)
Varsho seems to profile as a much better bat, but he allegedly has a weak arm. Kelly seems to have the arm to stay behind the plate, but his bat is weaker. My guess is that Varsho gets moved to somewhere else. So if you definitely need a catcher, Kelly is your guy, but Varsho's bat is my preference. (Kevin Jebens)
2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Provided Stanton is agreeable to the trade and Miami will eat a portion of his contract, would a package of Flaherty, Carson Kelly and Bader bring him to St. Louis?
(Donthelegend from St. Louis)
I appear to be one of the few people who doesn't get why Miami would eat money here. Every team can afford Stanton, he's a huge difference maker, and there isn't anything close to him on the FA market. I like JD Martinez, but those are old player skills and he's close to being a first baseman. All that said, it's not a bad package. I'd assume Miami'd want a bigger headliner though, just because they need to sell the deal to the fans when you are trading an MVP and franchise star. A good glove-first catcher and a potential #3 starter don't really make for a great movie poster. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)I understand that switching positions isn't easy, but why don't more teams turn athletic kids into catchers? The position has become more about defense than offense, so why not give it a shot?
(Joe from Minnesota)
You need player buy-in, and it is a taxing position. Also there are plenty of other places to play your "athletic" guys. Catchers tend to be of a certain type, which is why the converts tend to be built more like Carson Kelly. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)So the Top 101 was made in early January. Any prospects you'd move up/down by 10+ spots today?
(Eddie from Orlando)
I said to Craig that there were seven rankings I hated shortly after submitting it. It's closer to a dozen now. The ones bothering me the most currently is I'd have Carson Kelly and AJ Puk higher and Ian Happ and Nick Williams lower. This might change in another two weeks of course. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-02-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)This is Carson Kelly's 2nd season st catcher. Assuming the Cardinals promote him to Palm Beach, what can Cardinals fans expect from him at the plate? Is he a guy we can see on top 100 prospect lists next season?
(shahekee from Urbana, IL)
I think Kelly is a slow mover, particularly with the transition from third base. I don't think he's a top 100 guy in 2016. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of Molinas, Yadier M was starting to show some wear and tear this past year, and he won't last forever. Any ideas what the Cardinals do to prepare for a post-Molina future? There isn't much catching talent in their farm system, as far as I can see.
(Bill from New Mexico)
I don't know that they have to address it. Lining up future options isn't always the best use of your assets. Impact catchers are hard to find, but you can live with a fair number of guys behind the plate, especially if you truly value defense. Carson Kelly converted from 3B to catcher and while the numbers aren't eyepopping, scouts tend to like him a little bit. They'll probably cross that bridge when they get closer to it, if not when they come to it. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Any info on the Cardinals' attempts to develop an in-house catching backup for Yadier Molina who's better than Tony Cruz (which isn't a very high bar)? Does Carson Kelly have a realistic chance of becoming adequate? Are there others I don't know about? Yadi isn't going to last forever...
(Bill from New Mexico)
I do think Kelly has some potential to help at the MLB level, but it could still take a while for him to get there. I've heard encouraging reports on the early progress he's made behind the plate, and I there is hope for the bat. Kelly may arrive in time to help the transition from Molina, but I'm not sure he's going to be ready in time to be a viable backup instead of Cruz in the short term. (Mark Anderson)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Carson Kelly can develop into a major league regular at catcher?
(Tony from Work)
Absolutely, I really like that kid. (Jason Parks)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your talk on Carson Kelly one of the 18 NRI for STL? What is his ceiling? Where do you see him ending up this year?
(Bwilkins10 from Portland)
The Cardinals are moving him behind the plate, so there's a process that needs to unfold there. I'll get a good look at his progress behind the plate in the next month, as Jupiter is the closest park to where I live. Heard great things about his makeup, so that bodes well for making the transition. (Jeff Moore)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the young prep 3B from the 2012 draft do you like more, Carson Kelly or Rio Ruiz?
(McLuvin from Honolulu, HI)
Both have some warts as corner profiles, but give me Ruiz (assuming future health) due to the chance for a slightly better glove. (Nick Faleris)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2016 MLB -.006 -0.2 123 -.006 0.2 0 .000 -.003 0.0 0.2 -0.1
2016 AAA .007 2.6 0 .000 0.0 22 .007 .000 -0.1 2.2 2.4
2017 AAA .015 11.5 2724 -.001 1.2 42 .009 -.002 -0.1 12.2 10.8
2017 MLB .015 2.5 719 -.002 0.4 10 -.020 -.005 0.1 3.2 3.0
2018 AAA .009 9.0 1103 -.001 0.5 45 -.009 -.009 0.7 9.9 10.1
2018 MLB -.007 -0.8 470 .002 -0.3 4 -.002 .000 0.0 -1.1 -0.9

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