Interview: Cards 3B prospect Carson Kelly

At age 17-18, the 86th overall selection in the 2012 draft had a nice start at Johnson City. Carson Kelly discusses his whirlwind year in this exclusive interview.

In the first round of the 2012 draft, the St. Louis Cardinals had five picks and used the first four on proven college stars, including two third basemen. Their next two selections were high schoolers, including another third sacker, Oregon's Carson Kelly.

Kelly turned 18 in July while playing for Johnson City in the Appalachian League. The right-handed hitter had signed quickly, turning down a scholarship to the University of Oregon. Though his pick that was slotted at $574,300, it took $1.6 million to secure Kelly's commitment to turn professional.

At Johnson City, Kelly got off to a fast start with power, launching seven home runs early before finishing with nine in 56 games. His average took a dive, ending at .225. Following the season, Kelly was assigned to instructional league, where I spoke with him about his very busy and eventful year.


Links to earlier interviews in this series:
Cardinals minor league pitching coordinator Brent Strom
Cardinals minor league hitting coordinator Derrick May
Cardinals New York-Penn League manager Dann Bilardello
Cardinals international director Moises Rodriguez
Springfield manager Mike Shildt
Johnson City manager Oliver Marmol
Cardinals third base prospect Patrick Wisdom
Cardinals outfield prospect Charlie Tilson
Cardinals outfield prospect James Ramsey

What's coming next? The final exclusive interview to conclude this series will be with catcher Steve Bean.

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