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MLB Draft Scouting Report: Michael Kelly
School: West Boca H.S. (Fla.)
Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American
Kelly is the very definition of the term projectable right-hander. He's the owner of an extra long, lanky frame. He has the long limbs scouts look for, and it's a frame that could pack on a great deal of muscle as he matures. Kelly is a solid athlete.
Everything works pretty smooth and easily for Kelly but there are some mistakes he makes mechanically. At his height, he needs to get out of the habit of dropping and driving. He collapses on his back leg and isn't getting back over the top. By doing so, he's losing all the downward plane his height and long limbs give him. And, he's also causing his pitches to flatten out and his sharpness and command suffers. He also shows he's not very comfortable from the stretch.
You can dream on just how hard Kelly could throw someday. He sits currently at 91-94 mph, and reached 95-96 mph at AFLAC last summer. He's shown good command at times, but struggles with his mechanics at times. His velocity suffers in the stretch as sinks to 90-91 mph. The plane he's creating in his delivery will be a big factor in his fastball life as well
When he's getting on top, Kelly's curvebll can be his best pitch. He gets 12-6 action with better than average depth at 75-77 mph. He's still hanging too many of them at this point, but he flashes some above average ones now and then.
Kelly mixes quite a few changeups, even in showcase events, and has had a lot of success with it. Thrown at 77-81 mph, he gets some nice downward fade and some swings and misses.
There's a framework for three quality pitches for Kelly. But, he needs to get beyond some of these mechanical problems first. Getting in a professional system will get him some identity in his delivery, and when he gets a feel for his tall frame, he could possess dominant stuff.
Draft Projection: First Compensation round
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