Ht/Wt: 6-5/195 lbs
School: West Boca Raton Cmty HS (FL)
He’s got a little bit of funk in his arm swing which I think results in him throwing uphill on occassion. He does have some fast-twitch arm speed, although he occassionally short-arms the ball and leads with his elbow. He’s much better when he’s full circle and on top of the ball. I don’t really care about the funk in the trunk (by that I mean the arm swing, and if I were writing for a team, I might include that phrase to see if my boss was paying attention) as long as he’s on top of the ball with proper extension as his arm and shoulder passes over the rubber. No windup, 3/4 slot, fair arm action and delivery at this time. Fastball 92-93 in this look. Late life, occassional hard sink or ride. Long, lean, loose and physically projectable. Still growing into his own body in this clip, which is part of the reason he falls off to the first base side. Overall sound foundation for the next level.
Video at the link.
West Boca Raton HS (Fla.), Sr.
Height: 6’4″, Weight: 185
Bats: R, Throws: R
After a very strong summer and solid fall, Kelly looked primed to be one of the more intriguing high school arms in the class. There’s still a lot to like about Kelly, but his performance this spring has been a little inconsistent.
At 6-foot-5, he’s got a great pitcher’s frame, but he has a tendency to drop and drive in his delivery, taking away that angle. He has a great power arm, with a plus fastball and the chance to improve it with some work to his mechanics. He also has a hard breaking ball that is more of a slurvy curve, and he doesn’t throw a changeup much. His command is a little up and down, though he’s shown some ability to command his fastball at times.
With good mound presence and his size, he has the chance to be not just a hard thrower, but someone who can use his size and stuff to his advantage.
His Draft Central video (0:35).
Michael Kelly is a 2011 RHP with a 6-5 195 lb. frame from Boynton Beach, FL who attends West Boca HS. Tall athletic body, long arms, projectable strength. Standard leg raise delivery, some drift and backside collapse, 3/4′s release point, very fast arm coming through repeats very well. 91-94 mph fastball, lots of 94′s, outstanding FB life even at 94 mph, ball disappears at times, can pitch + effectively with just fastball with movement. Big breaking curveball, tends to sweep at times, some feel for change up. Plus command potential, especially with fastball. Very high ceiling. Good student, verbal commitment to Florida. Selected to the Aflac All-American team.
Michael Kelly is a 2011 RHP/IF with a 6’5”, 190 lb. frame from Boynton Beach, FL who attends West Boca. Kelly has a tall, excellent pitchers build, very loose projectable arm, circle arm action, fast arm, 3/4′s arm slot, lively fastball with sink, creates good angle, mixes in curveball and change, has good feel for all pitches, highest level pitching prospect, solid actions in the infield with a quick release, quick hands at the plate with bat speed, has pop, leverage in swing.