From the Collection: Don Kelly, of, Detroit Tigers

Don Kelly was drafted in the 8th Round of the 2001 Draft by the Tigers. He was the Tigers #19 prospect in 2003, and then again in 2005. He was always projected to be a utility guy due to his lack of power, and that seems to have been his career path.  The Tigers must really like him, since he actually left the organization as a Free Agent in 2006, and after short stints with the Pirates and D-Backs he signed back with the Tigers in 2009.

Last season he got 251 at bats in, carrying a .309 OBP and 76 OPS+. He did have 6 HR and a pretty great 27/28 BB/K ratio.

This spring he is really tearing it up, hitting .324 with a .422 OBP and 1.044 OPS in 45 at bats. Obviously that does not mean much since they are ST stats, but still, very nice. He should back up all the OF positions, while also playing a little at each infield position as well.

While he wont light the world on fire with his bat, hit mix of hitting skills and versitility make him the kind of player that every championship team should have.

I actually got this autograph last season, but it was not until today that I figured out who signed this scorecard…thanks to SCN guys for the help.

Year Age Tm Lg AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+
2001 21 DET-min A- 262 0 25 8 5 25 16 .286 .345 .685
2002 22 DET-min A 455 1 59 9 6 59 40 .286 .368 .728
2003 23 DET-min A+,AA 386 2 51 15 2 60 34 .306 .396 .800
2004 24 DET-min AA,Rk 111 0 9 4 1 15 15 .243 .336 .669
2005 25 DET-min AA,AAA 489 10 67 18 4 49 58 .311 .371 .817
2006 26 DET-min AAA,AA 444 0 43 23 10 51 55 .250 .328 .652
2007 27 PIT-min AAA 150 0 11 6 4 18 17 .247 .335 .642
2007 27 PIT NL 27 0 0 0 0 3 3 .148 .281 .429 18
2008 28 ARI-min AAA 436 8 55 2 1 32 44 .275 .324 .732
2009 29 DET-min AAA 372 6 40 27 4 43 51 .331 .404 .869
2009 29 DET AL 56 0 3 1 0 4 10 .250 .311 .651 71
2010 30 DET AL 238 9 27 3 0 8 42 .244 .272 .646 73
2011 31 DET AL 257 7 28 2 1 14 32 .245 .291 .672 82
2012 32 DET-min AAA 73 1 12 4 1 12 17 .233 .341 .643
2012 32 DET AL 113 1 7 2 0 14 22 .186 .276 .523 43
2013 33 DET AL 216 6 23 2 0 27 28 .222 .309 .652 76
6 Yrs 907 23 88 10 1 70 137 .229 .290 .634 71
162 Game Avg. 309 8 30 3 0 24 47 .229 .290 .634 71
DET (5 yrs) 880 23 88 10 1 67 134 .232 .290 .640 73
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/23/2014.
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