Date of Birth: 06/05/1991
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 200 lbs
College Experience: University of Missouri
Resides: Roswell, GA
Kelly was acquired by the Explorers via a trade with the Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League where he spent the majority of his first three professional seasons. In his second professional season, Kelly got off to a hot start batting .350 and was then signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kelly was assigned to the DBacks rookie league affiliate and after just 6 games he made the jump to the Triple-A Reno Aces but was never on their active roster. He was released by the DBacks out of spring training last season and returned to Normal appearing in 91 games hitting .311 with a .361 on base percentage.
Kelly started his collegiate career at Middle Georgia junior college and led the Georgia Athletic Association in batting average, ranking among the top 15 nationally with his .429 clip. Kelly transferred to the University of Missouri and in his final collegiate season in 2014 he boasted a team high .330 batting average, good for fourth best among SEC catchers. Kelly led the tigers in with 59 hits, 13 doubles, 27 RBIs, a .453 slugging percentage, and a .405 on base percentage.