Zack Kelly

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Zack Kelly
Boston Red Sox – No. 76
Born: (1995-03-03) March 3, 1995 (age 27)
Roanoke, Virginia
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 29, 2022, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
(through September 9, 2022)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average2.70

Zachery Reed Kelly (born March 3, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2022.


Amateur career[edit]

Kelly graduated from Lord Botetourt High School in Daleville, Virginia.[1] He enrolled at Concord University, where he played college baseball in NCAA Division II for the Concord Mountain Lions as a starting pitcher in 2014. After his sophomore year, Kelly transferred to Newberry College, to play for the Newberry Wolves, their Division II baseball team. As a senior in 2017, Kelly had a 3.72 earned run average (ERA) and recorded 94 strikeouts in 82+13 innings pitched.[2][3]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Unselected in the 2017 MLB draft, Kelly signed with the Oakland Athletics as an undrafted free agent for a $500 signing bonus.[3] He pitched in the rookie-level Arizona League during 2017.[4] The Athletics released Kelly in April 2018.[2] Kelly later said, "My first year I probably paid to play to be honest with you. I definitely lost money."[3]

Los Angeles Angels[edit]

Kelly signed with the Los Angeles Angels organization and played for three teams in the Angels' system, reaching the Class A-Advanced level with the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League; in 18 total relief appearances during the season, he posted a 2.93 ERA and struck out 41 batters in 43 innings pitched.[4] Kelly began the 2019 season with the Mobile BayBears of the Double-A Southern League,[5] and also played one game with Inland Empire, accruing an overall 3–7 record in 21 games (13 starts) with a 4.88 ERA.[4] The Angels released Kelly during the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020.[3] Shortly thereafter, Kelly underwent surgery on his elbow to have a ligament reattached.[6]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

In 2021, Kelly joined the Red Sox organization, playing for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox.[3] He had a 1.69 ERA in 21 relief appearances for Portland before he was promoted to Worcester, where he had a 2.89 ERA in 15 relief appearances. In 2022, the Red Sox invited Kelly to spring training as a non-roster player and he returned to Worcester for the beginning of the season.[7] He accrued a 2.72 ERA for Worcester through August 29,[8] when he was added to Boston's major-league roster.[9] Kelly made his MLB debut that evening, against the Minnesota Twins.[10] Kelly was on the paternity list for three days in early September.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Kelly is married and resides in South Carolina in the offseason.[6] He and his wife, Brittany, had their first child in September 2022.[12]


  1. ^ Miller, Suzanne (June 13, 2012). "Dylan Powers, Will Cline, and Zack Kelly of Lord Botetourt receive VHSCA All-State honors in baseball". Roanoke Times.
  2. ^ a b Berman, Mark (August 29, 2022). "Zack Kelly rises from Lord Botetourt to the Boston Red Sox". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e Smith, Christopher (March 2, 2022). "Meet Zack Kelly: Boston Red Sox pitcher with mid-90s fastball went undrafted, was released twice, initially signed for $500". Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Zack Kelly Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  5. ^ Stephenson, Creg (April 2, 2019). "David Newhan comes full circle as manager for Mobile BayBears' final season". Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Abraham, Peter (August 29, 2022). "Zack Kelly, expectant father and onetime D2 pitcher, got a big surprise when the Red Sox called him up Sunday". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  7. ^ "Kelly having strong season for Red Sox in Worcester". June 28, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  8. ^ Browne, Ian (August 29, 2022). "Red Sox shake up 'pen, DFA Sawamura, Davis". Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  9. ^ McDonald, Darragh (August 29, 2022). "Red Sox Designate Hirokazu Sawamura, Austin Davis; Select Zack Kelly". Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  10. ^ Abraham, Peter (August 29, 2022). "Red Sox can't turn runners into runs in defeat to the Twins as playoff hopes continue to dwindle". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  11. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". Boston Red Sox. September 2022. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  12. ^ Cotillo, Chris (September 5, 2022). "Red Sox roster moves: Zack Kelly returns from paternity leave, Josh Winckowski sent down to WooSox". Retrieved September 11, 2022.

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