Played high school baseball at Westview High School and led team to first ever Oregon High School State Championship. Also carried a 3.81 weighted GPA academically ... Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2011 & 2012 for the state of Oregon ... As a senior, batted .398 with 5 HR, 26 RBI, .514 on-base percentage and .747 slugging percentage, while going 6-3 with a 1.09 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched. As a junior, batted .473 with 14 HR and 51 RBI while pitching to a 9-1 record and 1.64 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched ... Member of Team USA in 2011 which won the Pan American games, highlighted by Kelly earning the win on the mound and going 3-for-3 at the plate against Canada in the gold medal game ... Originally signed with the University of Oregon to play baseball ... Became the highest drafted Oregon native since Steve Bechler by the Balitmore Orioles in 1998 ... Has a brother, Parker, who was drafted by the Cardinals in the 34th round of the 2015 draft, but elected to play college baseball at the University of Oregon ... Chose uniform No. 19 dating back to high school when it was the only varsity number available or he would have to wear a junior varsity uniform ... Pursuing Economics degree from Oregon State University ... Resides in St. Louis, Missouri.
Was recalled from Memphis (AAA) on 7/21 and started at CHI that day hitting a 2-run double ... Had season-highs with two hits and two runs at MIL (8/29) ... Started the last six games of the season ... Finished the season with a career-best three game hit streak vs. MIL ... Started 14 games in 2017 and has made only one error in 191 career total chances ... Batted .283 with 10 HR, 41 RBI in 83 games at Memphis (AAA). Threw out 12-of-45 (26.7%) attempted base stealers ... Posted a multi-home run game vs. Colorado Springs (4/11) ... Hit a walk-off RBI single vs. Round Rock (7/14) on his 23rd birthday ... Named Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for May batting .381 (32-84) with 3 HR, 15 RBI and a 1.018 OPS in 22 games ... Selected to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team as the starting catcher ... Rated as the No. 3 prospect and the "Best Defensive Catcher" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America in their "Best Tools" survey.
Progressed through three levels of the organization, beginning the season at Double-A Springfield, advancing to Memphis (AAA) on 7/11 before a call-up to the Majors on 9/4...Made his Major League debut on 9/5 at PIT when he entered the game in the 7th at catcher before collecting a double in his first Major League at-bat (off Bastardo) and scored his first run in the following at-bat on a double by Grichuk...Picked up his first Major League RBI on 9/8 vs. MIL on a groundout in the 9th...Appeared in 10 September games, making two starts. Caught a total of 36.0 innings, committing no errors in 32 chances with no passed balls...Played 64 games while at Springfield, 60 behind the plate with 58 starts; had a 33% caught stealing rate (21/63)...Hit in five-straight games from 5/17-5/23 (11-21, .524) during a month in which he batted .333 (26-78) with 2 HRs and 7 RBI...Upon his promotion to Triple-A collected hits in nine of his first 10 games and 15 of his first 18 games (22-65, .338)...Hit .370 with runners in scoring position (10-27) with 14 RBI and .400 (4-10) RISP w/ 2 outs...Caught the final four innings of MLB's Futures Game during All-Star week for Team USA; went 0-2 at the plate...Named to the Texas League All-Star North Division team, but did not play due to his selection to USA Future's team...Ranked as the organization's No. 4 prospect by Baseball America.
Played 108 games in Palm Beach (A) and won the Rawlings Gold Glove award for the best defensive catcher in all of Minor League Baseball in 2015...led all Florida State League catchers with a .996 fielding percentage...also ranked first among catchers in games (108), total chances (821) and putouts (751)...threw out 36.0% of attempted base stealers (31 CS/86 SB ATT), ranking 4th in the FSL and helped Palm Beach to the highest caught stealing percentage among FSL teams at 42.0%...ranked second on the team in HR (8) and RBI (51)...posted 18 multi-hit games with five 3-hit games...recorded hits in 11 straight home games from 8/8 through the end of the season, batting .419 (18-43) during the stretch...started two games at catcher in the Florida State League playoffs and was 2-for-8 with a walk... rated as the "Best Defensive Catcher" and No. 10 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.
Former infielder was converted to catcher at the beginning of the season and received a Spring Training invite as a 19-year old...played the entire season at Peoria (A), starting 79 games at catcher...was selected to the Midwest League All-Star Game and went 0-for-2 entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th inning and caught the remainder of the game in a 7-0 victory for the MWL West All-Stars... ranked 2nd on the Peoria sqaud with 37 walks and 3rd in HR (6), RBI (49), doubles (17), triples (4) and hits (90)... posted career highs with five RBI and three doubles in a game at Quad Cities (6/21)...batted .311 with runners in scoring position and two outs (14-45)...threw out 33.0% of attempted base stealers (37 CS/112 SB ATT) and tied for the league lead in catcher DP's (10).
Played 113 games in his first full season, beginning with 43 games at Peoria (A) and finishing with 70 at State College (SS-A). Ranked 2nd on the State College squad playing in 70-of-75 games and starting 65 at third base...Batted .257 with 6 HR and 45 RBI, while hitting 22 doubles for the entire season...Was 2nd Toughest to Strike Out in the New York-Penn League with one strikeout per 9.55 plate appearances...Led New York-Penn League third basemen in fielding percentage at .942, committing 9 errors in 156 total chances...Hit safely in 49-of-70 games with 18 multi-hit efforts including a career-high four-hit game vs. Williamsport (8/22)...Rattled off an 11-game home hitting streak from 8/8-28, batting.422 (19-45) during the stretch. Also reached base safely in 16 straight home games from 7/30 through the end of the season, posting a .441 on-base percentage...Ranked 4th in the New York-Penn League in total at-bats with 271...Had a hot July batting .317 (32-101) with 14 RBI...Rated as the No. 10 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.
Played in 56 games for Johnson City, starting 48 at third base...played first professional game at the age of 17, hitting his first home run vs. Elizabethton (7/7) off Angel Mata...had 11 multiple-hit games topping out with a three hit game vs. Burlington (6/30)...hit nine home runs to rank 2nd on the squad and T6th in the Appalachian League...rated as the 9th-best prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.