REDBIRDS ACQUIRE INFIELDER TY KELLY; SET 40-MAN M.L. ROSTER
ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 20, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced this evening that they have acquired infielder Ty Kelly from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio. Kelly has been added to the Cardinals 40-man Major League roster which currently stands at 37 players.
Kelly, 26, batted .263 with 15 home runs and a team-high 80 RBI (12th in Pacific Coast League) in 134 games played with Tacoma (AAA) this past season. He also drew 85 walks (2nd in PCL) and posted a .381 on-base pct. (10th in PCL). The switch-hitting infielder hit 14 of his 15 home runs from the left side and he batted .378 with 7 HR’s when batting with runners in scoring position.
Kelly was a 13th round draft selection by the Baltimore Orioles in 2009 out of the University of California – Davis. The 6-0, 185-pound California native owns a lifetime batting mark of .282 with a .387 on-base pct., 39 HR’s, 336 RBI and 41 stolen bases in 703 career minor league games.
Kelly appeared in 64 games at second base and 36 at third base this season and earned MiLB.com organizational All-Star recognition for the third-straight season.
Gaviglio, 24, was a 5th round draft selection by the Cardinals in 2011 out of Oregon State University. He pitched at Springfield (AA) of the Texas League in 2014, going 5-12 with a 4.28 ERA in 25 appearances (24 starts).