About

 

Joe Kelly

 
Position: Pitcher
Throws: Right
Bats: Right
6-1, 190lb
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
Born: June 9, 1988
Age: 30
Hometown: Corona, CA
Current Town: Rancho Cucamonga

“I just get the shark eyes … something goes off in my head where I get super laser focused and just black out.” – Joe Kelly

Joseph William Kelly Jr, born June 9, 1988, is a World Champion Major League Baseball pitcher and currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Joe Kelly was born in the city of Anaheim, California to Andrea Valencia and Joe Kelly Sr. Kelly Jr. played baseball on a scholarship to the University of California, Riverside.

He married long time girlfriend Ashley Parks in November 2013. They have one son named Knox. Knox also loves baseball.

Kelly played collegiate baseball for the Highlanders of University California, Riverside. He attended UCR on a baseball scholarship out of Corona High School. After joining the Highlanders as an outfielder, he was quickly moved to the pitching mound at the suggestion of coaches Doug Smith and Andrew Ricketts.

With UCR, he twice earned Big West Conference Pitcher of The Year awards (2007, 2009), and helped lead his team to the Big West Conference Championship in 2007. He was named a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball magazine, and First-Team All-Conference. He finished his college career with 24 careers saves, a still-standing Highlanders record.

Joe Kelly won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2007 Pan-American Games and pitched for the third place finishing US Team at the 2007 World Port Tournament.

On June 9, 2009 — his 21st birthday — Joe was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the 2009 MLB first-year player draft. After making his way through the Cardinals’ system, Kelly made his Major League debut on June 10, 2012 — one day after his 24th birthday.

Joe Kelly appeared in 68 regular season games, 11 postseason games, and 1 World Series with the Cardinals before being traded to the Boston Red Sox at the trading deadline of 2014. His first start for the Red Sox came 6 days later against his former club in St. Louis.

Kelly’s tenure with the Red Sox included appearing in 250 regular season games, 13 postseason games, and resulted in 1 World Series Championship.

After becoming a free agent following the 2018 World Series, Kelly signed a 3-year, $25M deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Career Timeline

2012 – 2014

St. Louis Cardinals

 

Joe Kelly made his Major League debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on June 10, 2012. He faced the Cleveland Indians and allowed 1 run over 5.1 IP, walking away with a no decision.

Across his 3 seasons with St. Louis, Kelly accumulated a 17-14 record in 68 games (38 starts), and posted a 3.25 ERA. He appeared in 5 playoff series across the 2012 and 2013 seasons going 0-1 in 11 games (4 starts) with a 3.71 ERA in 29.1 IP.

Joe was traded to the Boston Red Sox during the 2014 season.

2014 – 2018

Boston Red Sox

After being acquired by the Red Sox from the Cardinals on July 31, 2014, Joe Kelly made his first start for Boston in St. Louis against his former club.

Across 5 seasons with Boston, Kelly accumulated a 26-11 record in 182 games (41 starts) with a 4.33 ERA.

In 5 playoff series with Boston, Kelly appeared in 14 games while recording a 2-1 record and .52 ERA across 17.2 IP. His 2018 World Series run of 5 scoreless games resulted in his glasses being enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

2019 –

Los Angeles Dodgers

 

After the 2018 World Series, Joe Kelly became a free agent for the first time in his career. During the MLB Winter Meetings, Kelly came to an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a 3-year contract.

On December 21, 2018, the deal was officially announced by the club.

His first appearance in a Dodger uniform came during Los Angeles’ “Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour”, culminating in the annual FanFest event at Dodger Stadium. 

Career Overview

(For more detailed MLB stats, please view the Advanced Stats page)
Years

9 years

5 years

3 years

Team

MLB

BOS

STL

Won

48

26

17

Lost

29

11

14

ERA

3.91

4.33

3.25

G

307

182

68

GS

79

41

38

IP

678.2

359.1

266.0

SO

563

319

179

BB

279

164

90

MLB CAREER TOTALS

MLB CAREER TOTALS

W - 43

L - 25

ERA - 3.87

G - 250

GS - 79

IP - 625.1

SO - 498

BB - 254

FIP - 4.02

WAR - 6.1