March 13, 2010

More pitching awesomeness from the Red Sox

Spring training is the perfect time to hype pitchers, and that's what I'm going to do. The Red Sox have no shortage of pitching (although don't talk to me about a big bat) and it seems they might have another guy waiting in the ranks or at least some pretty tasty trade bait.

The 2008 first-round draft pick of the Sox, Casey Kelly, pitched three innings and gave up just one home run during an intersquad game. What's remarkable is this guy started out as a position player before moving to the mound, and apparently he's taken to the bump quite fondly. Hopefully he can generate the kind of buzz that gives the Sox some flexibility to either move him up or at least dangle him to trade for a free agent.

He was able to mix those pitches pretty well as he continued to work on improving his secondary pitches -- his curve and changeup. Overall, Kelly feels those offerings are coming along nicely. As he prepares for his first full season as a pitcher-only, he couldn't say enough good things about what he'll take with him whenever his time in big-league camp comes to an end. With innings a bit at a premium, he understands that might be in the not-too-distant future.

"If they sent me down tomorrow, [I'd be happy]," Kelly said. "Just being around all these pitchers, I've definitely grown as a pitcher the last couple of weeks." 

And that's your spring training breakdown that may or may not mean anything by the time the baseball season is in full swing.

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