The St. Louis Cardinals have promoted catcher Carson Kelly to the major league roster. This news is according to fellow Intrepid STL writer Joe Schwarz.
Well, it's Carson Kelly time. He's being promoted from Triple-A to the #STLCards.
— stlCupofJoe (@stlCupofJoe) July 21, 2017
This will be Kelly’s second promotion as he was a September call up last season and saw 13 major league at bats for the Cardinals.
This season for the Memphis Redbirds, Kelly is having quite an impressive season both offensively and defensively. Offensively, Kelly is slashing .283/.375/.459 with 10 home runs over 280 plate appearances. His 118 wRC+ this season is his highest since 2013 when he had a 123 with the State College Spikes.
Defensively, Kelly is one of (if not the best) defensive catchers in all of minor league baseball. He made the switch after the 2013 season and has progressed pretty quickly since then. In just his second minor league season as a catcher, Kelly was awarded the MiLB Gold Glove award for the 2015 season. This award is only given to one catcher in the minor leagues.
The big question is how much will Kelly play? I don’t think we should expect a 50/50 jobshare with Kelly and Yadier Molina, probably not even 75/25, but I would not be surprised to see Kelly get more starts than Eric Fryer, which was virtually none anyway. This leads us to the next question…. Who will Kelly be replacing?
Joe does not state who will be sent down but we can speculate. I think there is a good chance that Luke Voit is being sent down. With Kolten Wong back and Matt Carpenter‘s poor plate at second base, there really isn’t a good place for Voit to play. Eric Fryer has no options remaining meaning the Cardinals would have to DFA him and risk losing him to another club.
It’s likely the Cardinals believe that Carson Kelly has learned all he needs to at the minor league level and is now ready to be tutored by one of the game’s best in Molina. The future is bright for the newly turned 23-year old Kelly.