33-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Kelley endured a disastrous 2017 season, putting up a 7.27 ERA in 26 innings in a season derailed by three trips to the disabled list. His 8.62 FIP suggests his ERA could have been even worse, as he b...
Shawn Kelley Contract Information:
Agreed to a contract with the Nationals in December of 2015.
Kelley rejoined the Nationals on Monday after he was away from the team to tend to a personal matter, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
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2017 Stat Review for Shawn Kelley As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)
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Washington Nationals Roster
MajorsAdams, Matt (1B)
AAAAlmanzar, Michael (3B)
A+Agustin, Telmito (OF)
ABanks, Nick (OF)
RookieAlvarado, Elvis (OF)
Shawn Kelley: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 32-year-old right-hander is coming off the best season of his career in 2016, as he posted a career-best 12.4 K/9 and even saw a handful of save chances prior to the Nationals acquisition of Mark Melancon. Kelley didn't lean on his killer slider quite as hard last season, using it just 43.7 percent of the time (his lowest mark since 2011), but throwing more 92 mph fastballs resulted in a spike in his HR/9 rate, so that might not be a trend that continues into 2017. With Melancon signing with the Giants this offseason, Kelley could head into the season with the closer job, but the club's World Series aspirations will probably push them to strengthen the back end of their bullpen, either before Opening Day or at the trade deadline. Even if he eventually returns to a setup role though, Kelley's plus strikeout rate and high-leverage usage should still provide value to owners in deeper formats.
Kelley was dealt to the Padres last offseason and got off to a rocky start, allowing six earned runs over his first 5.1 innings before landing on the disabled list with a calf injury. He settled down after being activated from the disabled list and became a reliable arm out of the bullpen the rest of the way including a stretch in which he allowed just 19 baserunners across 19.1 innings in the second half and notched a 0.93 ERA in that span. For the season, his peripherals were once again excellent (11.1 K/9, 2.6 BB/9), and his biggest skill gains were the improved walk rate and a career-high 42.7% groundball rate. Signed by the Nationals as a free agent in December, Kelley will take on a late-inning role in Washington, though it remains to be seen if he will ever be given a full-time opportunity to close out games despite having three consecutive seasons with a strikeout rate of at least 30.0%.
Kelley's peripherals suggest that he was the victim of poor luck last season, as his xFIP (3.10) was nearly a run-and-a-half below his 4.53 ERA. For the second straight season, Kelley struck out at least 30.0% of the batters that he faced, but the aforementioned bad luck came in the form of a 67.8% LOB% (career 75.2%). Kelley operates with a fastball-slider combo, while he used the latter offering a career-high 57.7% clip last season, which may lead to some wear and tear on his elbow if the increased usage pattern continues. Traded to the Padres in December, Kelley should benefit from the pitcher-friendly confines of his new home park while working in a late-inning role for San Diego.
Kelley was a strikeout machine out of the Yankees' bullpen in 2013, punching out 71 in just 53.1 innings. Kelley's power stuff can go a long way in the opposite direction when batters make contact, as the eight homers he gave up bloated his ERA to 4.39. Manager Joe Girardi relied on Kelley to get big strikeouts when he needed them, but Kelley doesn't seem likely to pitch his way into a consistent late-inning role.
Despite a 1.98 spring ERA, Kelley somewhat surprisingly didn't make the team out of camp last year. The reason stemmed from having a glut of right-handed middle relievers and it being his first full season following Tommy John surgery. As a result, Kelley found himself bouncing between Tacoma and Seattle. While in Seattle, though, he turned in quality bullpen work, posting a 9.1 K/9 in 47 appearances. His arm held up fine, and he heads into 2013 likely with increased bullpen work ahead. The Mariners are stocked with hard-throwing, late-inning right-handers, which could make Kelley expendable, but more likely he ends up in middle relief with his low-to-mid-90s fastball and outstanding slider that is equally effective against righties and lefties.
Kelley made his way back to Seattle in September last year after undergoing partial Tommy John surgery in late 2010. He fared well in his limited work, setting him up for a late-inning bullpen job this season. The right-handed Kelley features a mid-90s fastball and an outstanding slider and is equally as tough on righties as he is on lefties. A healthy and productive spring will go a long way in cementing him as a set-up man for Brandon League.
Kelley's a late-inning, right-handed reliever whose equally as tough on lefties as he is on righties. His season last year was cut short because of an elbow injury that eventually required surgery. In his first 17 appearances, he allowed five earned runs with 22 strikeouts and seven walks in 20 innings. Then the elbow acted up, and he allowed six earned runs with a 4:5 K:BB in his last five outings. Kelley, who features a mid-90s fastball and an outstanding slider, hopes to be ready for spring training, though that remains to be seen. If healthy, he'll likely slot into a setup role again.
Kelley dazzled in spring training last year and not only earned a bullpen spot but garnered closer-of-the-future accolades as well. After allowing two earned runs in his first 11 appearances, he was sidelined most of May and June by an oblique injury. He returned in July, and after some initial struggles regained his stride by mid-summer, allowing just four walks in his last 23 appearances (27.1 IP) and stranding nine of 11 inherited runners. He has a mid-90s fastball and a slider that last year was rated by Baseball America as the best in Seattle's minor-league system. Kelley will return to a late-inning role, and if David Aardsma falters, could take over the ninth inning.