Getting to know a possible 5th starter Casey Kelly of the Cubs
Pitching coach Chris Bosio says this guy might be the most exciting guy to see coming into spring training. He was originally drafted by Epstein in the 08 draft where he was persuaded by $3 mil to come play for Boston over going to Tennessee and playing QB for them. In his first year in 09 he posted a 1.12 ERA in his first half and then the next half played shortstop and hit .222. After that season he wised up and went all in for pitching.
He actually got traded with Anthony Rizzo the next season to San Diego for Adrian Gonzalez. Casey got side tracked the next year getting Tommy Johns and never really could make a full comeback. The fastball he was throwing was noticeably slower. He then got moved to the bullpen and got traded to the braves where he spent all last year in Triple A.
At one time he was the 9th best prospect pitcher in the system. Still hitting his prime years he is only 27 yrs old. The Cubs are hoping that this could be a diamond in the ruff.