Texas Tech baseball recruiting coordinator J-Bob Thomas went down to Georgia to scout the talent at the Perfect Game WWBA Tournament earlier this summer and added an important commitment for the 2017 class.
Wichita Falls Rider short stop Parker Kelly decided quickly after Texas Tech offered him in Georgia that becoming a Red Raider was the best option for him.
“I chose Texas Tech because it was close to home, where my family could come watch a game and also it’s a Top 5 team in the nation, so who wouldn’t want to play at the biggest stage possible in the college baseball,” he said.
Kelly, who will sign with the Red Raiders during the early-signing period in November, said he that he had interest from other schools, but “no other school compared to Texas Tech University or their baseball program.”
One thing that sets Texas Tech apart, according to many baseball recruits, including Kelly, is that Tadlock and the rest of the coaching staff cares about more than just baseball.
“...I also like that their baseball program is about playing for something bigger than yourself. It’s about the people and family,” Kelly said.
The 6-foot, 200-pound prospect will most likely play in the middle of the infield for the Red Raiders, but his performance at the plate will be counted on by this powerful offense. During the 2016 season, Kelly hit .385 as the leadoff guy for Wichita Falls Rider and had eight doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs and 16 steals.
Kelly said situation hitting is what he thrives off of at the plate. When he approaches the plate he tries to see how he can help the team, such as getting a guy over or popping up a needed sac fly. That’s something Kelly thinks coach Thomas might have picked up on while watching him in Georgia.
“I feel like I impressed the coaches by picking up my teammates when they were down and I overall feel like I did good at the plate and in the infield as well,” he said about his Perfect Game tournament performance
Kelly also had a noteworthy defensive performance.This past season he had a .968 fielding percentage only committing three errors in 124 chances which led to second-team THSBCA Class 5A all-state shortstop honors.
While Kelly is excited about his future as a Red Raider, he has his senior season to focus on as a Rider Raider. His goal is to help his team go all the way this upcoming year after they fell to the eventual state champion Grapevine in the Class 5A Region I quarterfinals last season.