Casey Kelly to Debut
Tomorrow night Padres right-hander Casey Kelly will make his Major League debut. He’ll go against Paul Maholm of the Atlanta Braves. It will be a tough assignment, facing a contending club in his first start, but the Padres have a seven game win streak in their sails and have been playing all facets of the game very capably.
He will take over the rotation spot vacated by Jason Marquis, after he became the latest Padres starting pitcher to hit the DL (broken hand). Kelly was traded to San Diego as part of the package of prospects involved in the Adrian Gonzalez trade back in 2010. At the time he was considered the most elite piece headed in the Padres’ direction. We will finally begin to see if it is Kelly or Anthony Rizzo that is most deserving that title now.
The 22 year old has pitched only 31.2 innings this season because of an elbow injury, and nine of those were in rookie ball during his rehab assignment. He showed tremendous stuff in Spring Training this year and then struck out 32 batters in 28.2 IP en route to compiling a WHIP under 1. His rehab innings went smoothly and he looks ready enough to come up to a big club desperate for quality starters.
The young pitching keeps bubbling to the surface for the Padres. If the young arms can stay healthy, we’ll be looking at a rotation that could include:
- Anthony Bass (25 next year)
- Cory Luebke (27)
- Andrew Cashner (26)
- Joe Weiland (22)
- Casey Kelly (23)
Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richards will be the old men of the staff at ages 30 and 29, respectively.