Daily Notes: San Diego Prospect Casey Kelly to Debut

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.

1. Featured Game: Atlanta at San Diego, 22:05 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Featured Game: Atlanta at San Diego, 22:05 ET
Regarding This Game, Why It’s Notable
Tonight’s game between Atlanta and San Diego is notable, on account of it represents the major-league debut of real-live prospect Casey Kelly.

Regarding Casey Kelly, Who That Even Is
Casey Kelly is a right-handed pitcher whom the Padres acquired in the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to Boston in December of 2010. He’s also a player whom the Red Sox themselves originally took 30th overall in the 2008 draft out of a Sarasota (FL) high school.

Regarding Casey Kelly, His Rankings on Various Prospect Lists
In terms of where Kelly appeared on various prospect lists before the season, sixth is where our Marc Hulet ranked him among Padres farmhands. John Sickels of Minor League Ball, meanwhile, ranked Kelly eighth overall among Padres prospects, while Baseball America ranked him third.

Regarding Kelly, What He Throws
In terms of what Kelly’s repertoire is, the entire internet suggests that he throws a fastball in the low-90s (one likely to induce an above-average rate of ground balls), a curveball (generally regarded as his best pitch, it seems), and a changeup.

Regarding Casey Kelly, His Line This Season
Here’s Casey Kelly’s line this season between three levels: 37.2 IP, 39 K, 3 BB, 1 HR, 1.95 FIP.

Regarding Casey Kelly, An Injury That He Had
It appears as though Casey Kelly had elbow inflammation earlier this season that kept him out until the middle of July.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast
Per the results of our offseason crowdsourcing project, FanGraphs readers prefer Atlanta Radio (link).

Other Notable Games
Los Angeles NL at Colorado | 20:40 ET
Josh Beckett (127.1 IP, 106 xFIP-, 1.8 WAR) makes his debut for the Dodgers at Coors Field.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: None, Really.

Cincinnati at Arizona | 21:40 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Diamondbacks left-hander Tyler Skaggs makes his second career major-league start. His first one, last Wednesday, was not a rousing success (6.2 IP, 6.13 xFIP), but the consensus is that he’s worth either (a) a damn or (b) even more than a damn.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona Radio.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.8.

Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Luke Hochevar KC 5 7 3 5 5 BOS Dice-K Matsuzaka 13:35
Francisco Liriano CHA 7 5 5 1 5 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 19:05
Brett Anderson* OAK 10 6 6 2 5 CLE Rob. Hernandez* 19:05
Kyle Lohse STL 4 9 6 4 7 PIT A.J. Burnett 19:05
Henderson Alvarez TOR 4 5 3 6 6 NYA David Phelps 19:05
Marco Estrada MIL 7 8 4 2 5 CHN Justin Germano 20:05
David Price TB 10 4 6 8 6 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Felix Hernandez SEA 9 4 4 4 3 MIN Liam Hendriks 20:10
Josh Beckett LAN 5 2 4 8 4 COL Jeff Francis 20:40
Bronson Arroyo CIN 4 5 5 7 10 AZ Tyler Skaggs* 21:40
Paul Maholm ATL 4 7 7 6 14 SD Casey Kelly* 22:05

To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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