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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: Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Saturday the team has decided on a closer, although he isn't yet willing to make that decision public, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Kelley is one of three candidates for the job, along with Koda Glover and Blake Treinen. (3/26/2017)
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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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DateTeamOppGSGBFBLDIFFBSOBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
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DateTeamOppGSGBFBLDIFFBSOBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
2012-05-29SEA@TEX01210000691726
2012-06-06SEA@LAA03110211371926
2012-09-14SEA@TEX001000002112
2012-07-04SEABAL010000002336
2012-07-02SEABAL0010020025813
2012-09-28SEA@OAK000002001369
2012-09-17SEABAL01220100151419
2012-06-30SEABOS0010020014913
2012-06-20SEA@ARI01220100131417
2012-05-14SEA@BOS015111001142034
2012-05-08SEADET00210400192231
2012-09-30SEA@OAK001000000145
2012-09-25SEA@LAA00100100012618
2012-09-23SEATEX0020010006713
2012-09-18SEABAL03000000041317
2012-09-15SEA@TEX02110000012921
2012-09-12SEA@TOR0110110007512
2012-09-08SEAOAK030003000101828
2012-09-04SEABOS011000100279
DateTeamOppGSGBFBLDIFFBSOBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
2012-08-13SEATBR01010300071825
2012-08-07SEA@BAL024201100162238
2012-08-05SEA@NYY0120101004913
2012-07-31SEATOR00211100091221
2012-07-25SEANYY021001000111627
2012-07-21SEA@TBR001010100022
2012-07-17SEA@KCR001000000336
2012-07-16SEA@KCR0121100003912
2012-07-13SEATEX0120000005813
2012-07-08SEA@OAK01100300091625
2012-07-06SEA@OAK001010000336
2012-06-29SEABOS02300100061420
2012-06-19SEA@ARI000001000336
2012-06-18SEA@ARI003000000156
2012-06-15SEASFG001110000246
2012-06-12SEASDP02100300091524
2012-06-09SEALAD00130100081220
2012-06-04SEA@LAA01200100081119
2012-06-03SEA@CHW00100200061016
DateTeamOppGSGBFBLDIFFBSOBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
2012-06-01SEA@CHW021201000151934
2012-05-27SEALAA0031000005914
2012-05-26SEALAA01100100061117
2012-05-23SEATEX000001000549
2012-05-20SEA@COL00120200041115
2012-05-19SEA@COL0011010005914
2012-05-16SEA@CLE001000000123
2012-05-07SEADET0021000004812
2012-03-29SEA@OAK011000000358