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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