August 13, 2009: Shortstop Casey Kelly (23) of the Greenville Drive prepares
to tag Daniel Pertusati (12) of the Greensboro Grasshoppers who is
attempting to steal during a game at Fluor Field at the West End in
Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images
Now I think I’ve finally seen everything.
First, I get to photograph a professional pitcher who throws both lefty and righty. Now, I get to photograph an All-Star pitcher who dominated the Sally League . . . moving to shortstop for the remainder of the year.
What next? A bat boy who doubles as the closer?
I can’t remember any time I’ve seen a professional ballplayer spend half the season pitching and half at short. Happens all the time in high school, but not the pros.
So it was fun watching Casey Kelly — a first-half Sally League All-Star as a pitcher — move to shortstop for the Greenville Drive this month.
He said he misses playing every day when he’s a starting pitcher only getting on the field every five days. Gotta admire that . . . but you have to wonder if you would do the same thing with the success he’s had on the mound . . .
July 29, 2009: Casey Kelly (23) of the Greenville Drive, a top Boston Red
Sox pitching prospect now playing shortstop, chats with Lakewood
BlueClaws third baseman Travis Mattair (14) during a break in the action
in a game at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo
by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com