Behind the Breakout: Carson Kelly
Greg Jewett dissects breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Every year, catcher provides a dearth of options with upside. After a rough debut in stints with the Cardinals, Carson Kelly found a path to playing time and success this year in Arizona. In his 82nd game, Kelly went 1-for-2 hitting his 17th home run along with drawing two walks. He’s displayed strong plate discipline metrics with power upside after gaining his footing in early May. Yet, fantasy owners seem to gloss over his production to this point.
During his last 26 starts, according to the Diamondbacks game notes on MLB.com, Kelly’s 27 for his last 88 (.307) with seven doubles, nine home runs, 18 RBI and 15 walks. On the season, he’s racked up 63 hits with 34 of them resulting in extra-bases (17 doubles, 17 home runs). Check out Kelly’s ranks among catchers, with at least 150 plate appearances, since May fourth:
First in home runs (17), isolated power (.343), average (.298), on-base percentage (.403), slugging percentage (.640), weighted on-base average (.415) and...