It was hinted at on Saturday but is now official.
According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the Padres announced Sunday that top pitching prospect Casey Kelly will make his major league debut on Monday night at Petco Park against the Braves.
Kelly was acquired by the Padres back in December of 2010 as part of a four-player return package from the Red Sox for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
The 22-year-old former first-round pick has posted a 3.35 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and a 39/3 K/BB ratio across 37 2/3 innings this season in the Padres’ minor league system. He missed the early part of the summer with a right elbow strain but is now fully healed.
Kelly ranked 76th this past winter on Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospects list. He was 31st in 2011.
Update: The photographer was apparently in on the action, according to Topps. Still pretty funny. (Hat tip: Mike Ashmore)
Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.
Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:
Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.
Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.