Sept. 3, 2009: Casey Kelly at Jim Rice Night at the Greenville Drive, honoring Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame player Jim Rice at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C., Sept. 3, 2009. Photo by Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
According to the latest reports, the above photo is one you won’t see much in 2010. It’s former Greenville Drive player Casey Kelly holding a bat.
The Web site SoxProspects says Kelly, who insisted on playing half a year as pitcher and half as shortstop in 2009, has elected to concentrate on pitching in his effort to make it to the majors. Says the site: “While the Sox brass undoubtedly preferred Kelly choose to continue his career on the mound, they ultimately left the decision to Kelly himself.”
Kelly was a lights-out pitcher for the Drive in the first half of the season, and a good, but not great, shortstop the rest of the year.
Sounds like a wise move. But these photos are now outdated . . .