2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Carson Kelly
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Carson Kelly and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Arizona Diamondbacks catcher during the 2020 MLB season.
Often in player development, catcher takes longer as a position to emerge as a benefit for fantasy in terms of production. Carson Kelly did not display power upside in the minors and started slowly last season. However, he finished his debut with Arizona tying the team record with 18 home runs as a catcher. From May fourth on, among catchers with at least 200 plate appearances, Kelly ranked first in on-base plus slugging percentage (.887) along with second in on-base percentage (.373) and slugging (.514). Delving into his minor league numbers, Kelly displayed elite on-base abilities with a 37.3 on-base percentage across three seasons at Triple-A in 755 plate appearances. He also owned a 13.9-percent strikeout rate versus a 12.2-percent walk rate. That’s pretty good.
It’s the power surge which surprised last year. Kelly’s previous career high was ten at Triple-A in 2017 over 280 plate appearances. He accomplished this with an 11.8-percent walk rate and a 14.3-percent strikeout...