2017 Phillies Report Card: Ty Kelly

Ty Kelly was not the most heralded addition to the 2017 roster. In fact, we didn’t really trade for him; it was more that we bought him from Toronto for cash. I don’t know how much “cash considerations” generally is, but I think it’s an insignificant sum.

And Kelly is a relatively insignificant player in the landscape of the MLB. He entered the season a borderline Major Leaguer and played all of one plate appearance with the Mets. He was then designated for assignment and claimed by the Blue Jays where he accrued exactly zero plate appearances. Four days later he was on the Phillies, replacing the injured Aaron Nola.

So after spending eight years in the minors and a cup of coffee with the Mets last year, he was playing for the third team of the season on April 22. He had that quality, a certain Chris Coste ness you might say, that made him, along with Brock Stassi, easy to root for. Unfortunately, like Stassi, Kelly looked the part of a career minor leaguer. He posted a 53 wRC+ in 103 PAs and negative-0.2 fWAR.

But that doesn’t tell the whole story of Ty Kelly because between all the fungo-like pop flies, Kelly had a few huge moments for the Phillies. In fact, I stumbled across this July 30 Todd Zolecki tweet while writing this article:

This was the day after Kelly’s 11th inning walkoff single against the Braves. Of course, as Kelly, whose clutch score was tops on the 2017 Phillies, strode to the plate with Andrew Knapp on second, Akeel Morris wanted nothing to do with him and walked him on five pitches. Freddy Galvis later singled home Knapp with Kelly on second to win the game.

There’s also the May 23rd game against the Nationals where Kelly hit a go-ahead single in the top of the ninth. And who could forget about the June 15 bottom of the 8th double off Chris Sale to break the 0-0 tie in a Nick Pivetta gem. I certainly couldn’t; I was at that game.

Perhaps it wasn’t as dramatic, but Kelly also hit a grand slam to ice a game against the Giants in August.

So Kelly obviously is not a great player, but that’s fine. He was a bench bat on a bad team, but he gave us all more than his fair share of heroics. Long live Ty Kelly, King of Clutch!

Grade: A+++

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6 comments

  1. Steve

    November 02, 2017 08:28 PM

    Nothing on Kapler?

    • wildfyr

      November 03, 2017 12:53 AM

      yeah, Ive been wondering for days, usually this site is on top of such news. I think some of these player evaluations might be pre-written.

      • Michael Schickling

        November 03, 2017 10:10 AM

        I actually wrote this while waiting for game 7 of the WS to start haha.

  2. Scuffy McGee

    November 03, 2017 01:34 AM

    A six-day hiatus, followed by…a Ty Kelly article.

    I know, I know. Everyone needs a break. 🙂

    • Mike Fassano

      November 03, 2017 06:54 AM

      We’ll take what we can get. I don’t the writers of this site have the same access as Zolecki or Salisbury. When we do get around to discussing Kapler, I hope it’s about something other than coconut oil or Nick Francona.
      Ty Kelly was one of those Swiss Army Knife players that every team needs. He definitely exceeded all expectations. Ironically, if Valentin hadn’t gotten injured in April, we never would have seen Ty. A+ for me.

  3. anon

    November 06, 2017 12:51 PM

    This site is garbage anymore. A write up on Ty “fucking” Kelly, and nothing on the new coach.
    15 “authors” and its all garbage…

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