Married (Tiffany on October 26, 2012)...they have one son, Huck McCoy Tomlinson, born October 31, 2016. Attended Texas Tech University. Grew up in Elgin, a small rural town of a few thousand people in southern Oklahoma near the historic Fort Sill Army base. No college recruited him out of high school. His uncle, Ricky Burns, called and emailed one junior college after another "begging for a tryout for him,'' Burns said. He ended up at Seward Community College in Liberal, Kansas, only because the shortstop who had committed to the school backed out. Seward was a six-hour drive from Elgin. Kelby is the first player from Seward Community College to reach the Majors. After two years at Seward, he went to Texas Tech. He wears glasses on the field though he has around 20/30 vision in both eyes. But he feels the glasses provide extra sharpness in night games and now he's accustomed to wearing them even in day games. Involved with the following organizations: MLB Buses for Baseball.
Hit .258 (50-for-194) with nine stolen bases in 104 games with the Giants...Recalled two separate times...Made 38 starts (17 at second base, 11 at third base, eight at shortstop and two in left field)...Hit his third career home run on Sept. 12 off Dodgers' LHP Clayton Kershaw...was 0-for-14 with six strikeouts against Kershaw entering the at-bat...Hit .296 in 26 games at triple-A.
Batted .292 (31-for-106) with four doubles and six RBI in 52 games with San Francisco. Started 24 games for the Giants (17 at second base, four at shortstop, one at third and two in left field). Was 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles and two RBI as a pinch-hitter. Missed 29 games with a left thumb sprain from June 10-July 14 and was optioned to triple-A when he was activated. Hit .286 (53-for-185) in 49 games with triple-A Sacramento. Started in left field for the first time in his career on May 21 vs. Chicago-NL…was put in left because Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence were dealing with sore hamstrings. In just his second career game in the outfield he registered his first career assist on May 25 vs. San Diego, throwing out Yangervis Solarte at home in the second inning.
Hit .303 (54-for-178) with 23 runs scored and a .358 on-base pct. in 54 games for the Giants in his first ML season....Had his contract purchased from triple-A Sacramento Aug. 3, replacing Joe Panik, who had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation....Made four errors in 216 total chances in 46 games at second-base....Hit .371 (23-for-62) and posted a .913 OPS against the left-handed pitching....Collected his first big league hit Aug. 3 at Atlanta off LHP Ross Detwiler, a one-out single in the 12th inning, and then scored the go-ahead run on Buster Posey's two-out single....Received his first big league start on Aug. 5 at Atlanta, starting at second base and going 2-for-4 with three RBI....According to Elias, the only other second basemen with at least three RBI in either their first or second game with the Giants were Rogers Hornsby and Jeff Kent....Started his career with three hits in his first three at-bats, becoming the first Giants player to accomplish that since Fred Lewis was 3-for-3 to start his career in 2006....His first career home run was a grand slam Aug. 27 vs. Chicago-NL off LHP James Russell in the 8th inning…became the 15th player in Giants history (sixth in SF-era) to hit a grand slam for his first big league home run....Recorded his first career game-ending hit Aug. 28 vs. Chicago-NL, hitting a single with the bases loaded off LHP Kevin Siegrist with one out in the 9th inning to give the Giants a 5-4 win....Hit the ninth inside-the-park home run in AT&T Park history on Oct. 3 vs. Colorado (off LHP Chris Rusin)....Combined to hit .321 (125-for-389) in 97 games with double-A Richmond and triple-A Sacramento prior to his call-up.
Spent the entire campaign with double-A Richmond, batting .268 with 63 runs scored, 49 stolen bases and a .340 on-base percentage in 126 games...his 49 stolen bases led the Eastern League and were the most in the Giants' organization.
Missed over two months on the disabled list during two separate stints with a right foot contusion and a left quad strain.
Led the AZL-Giants with 11 stolen bases.