San Diego Padres: Pitching Phenom Casey Kelly to Start Against Atlanta Braves

Kevin GoldbergCorrespondent IAugust 27, 2012

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Casey Kelly #68 of the San Diego Padres poses for a portrait during a photo day at Peoria Stadium on February 27, 2012 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
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The MLB seems to be cyclical.

Just days after Adrian Gonzalez is traded back to the NL West, unfortunately 150 miles north from where many want him to be, Casey Kelly will debut against the hot Atlanta Braves according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

Why is this full circle?

In 2010, the Padres traded Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox for their top two prospects, Anthony Rizzo and Casey Kelly. 

Padres fans should be ecstatic to see this young arm in the big leagues. Kelly was apart of the 2009 All-Star Futures game. Notable considering the big names who were also featured in this game—Giancarlo Stanton, Madison Bumgarner, Neftali Feliz, and Jason Heyward.

Through the minors this year, Kelly has put up modest but solid numbers. Through eight starts in various levels, Kelly has a 3.35 ERA with a 9.3 K/9 ratio.

Starting pitching hasn't been a strong point for the Padres, as it typically has been in the past. They are currently ranked 12th in team ERA and 19th in team WHIP. In previous years, the Padres were near the top of the league in both statistics and upheld solid defense. 

Only the future will show Kelly's true potential, but the future is bright.

[Update]: Kelly dominated tonight, pitching six innings, striking out four, and only allowing three hits. But most importantly, he got the win!


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