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Shawn Kelley
Birthdate: 4/26/1984 (32 y, 11 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/215     Position: P
Drafted: 2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 13, Pick: 11, Overall: 405, Team: Seattle Mariners
Contract: $15M / 3 Years (2016 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Kelley lost the closer battle to Blake Treinen, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Kelley should remain an important piece of the back end of the bullpen, though. (3/30/2017)
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Profile: As of the writing of this blurb, Kelley is likely the Nationals closer and that alone will give him a good amount of fantasy value. He was excellent last year as his walk rate shrunk down to 4.9% while simultaneously netting his highest strikeout rate ever. He certainly passes the smell test when it comes to having the stuff to be a closer. But one of the most important part of drafting relievers is the amount of grace they will given in the ninth. Kelley, despite having a great year last year, does not have a tremendously long leash if he does begin the year as closer. If he struggles, the Nationals could easily add someone new to take over in the ninth and the team could add a closer mid-year anyway even if he is performing. David Robertson has been linked to the Nationals for some time, so be cautious when drafting Kelley not to only be enamoredby the successful season. Unfortunately, there are other factors at play that Kelley nor fantasy owners have control over. (Ben Duronio)

The Quick Opinion: Kelley is the closer of one of the best teams in baseball as of the start of spring training. Whether that remains the case at the start of the year or even during the season is the difficult part to contemplate. He is a worthy buy as a closer but keep in mind that there is risk beyond just his performance on the mound that has to be factored in.

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SeasonPitchPitchesABPAH1B2B3BHRBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPAVGminVelmaxVelVel
2009CU633100010010000.33381.185.483.2
2010CU812000001010000.00078.791.882.2
TotalCU1445100011020000.25078.791.882.6

SeasonPitchPitchesBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2009CU60.0 %33.3 %0.00.333.3331.3331.6671.000.0001.20.9.674340
2010CU850.0 %50.0 %1.00.000.500.000.500.000.0000.30.0.351131
TotalCU1420.0 %40.0 %0.50.250.4001.0001.400.750.0001.50.9.545257

SeasonPitchPitchesLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBStrikesBallsPitchesxMovzMovMov
2009CU60.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %100.0 %3364.0-3.85.8
2010CU80.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %3585.5-1.17.3
TotalCU140.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %100.0 %68144.9-2.36.6

SeasonPitchPitchesO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%SwStr%pVALpVAL/C
2009CU640.0 %100.0 %50.0 %50.0 %100.0 %66.7 %16.7 %16.7 %-1.2-19.7
2010CU816.7 %50.0 %25.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %25.0 %25.0 %0.00.5
TotalCU1427.3 %66.7 %35.7 %33.3 %50.0 %40.0 %21.4 %21.4 %-1.1-8.1