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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.