Carson Kelly on baseball and turning 19

The third baseman of the State College Spikes looks back at his first professional season while being focused on the present.

Taken in the second round of the 2012 draft from an Oregon high school, third baseman Carson Kelly was challenged by the St. Louis Cardinals with an assignment to the Appalachian League and held his own.

In 2013, still just 18 years of age, the right-handed hitter received an early-season assignment to Class-A Peoria. Given priority defensively over first-rounder Patrick Wisdom, Kelly did not do enough at the plate and was returned to extended spring training.

Re-emerging with Class-A State College for the short-season, Kelly is still not hitting as well as he would like. He has a line of .235/.323/.329/.652 over his first 23 New York-Penn League contests.

In the following interview, Kelly discusses what he has learned during the ups and downs of his first year as a professional. The youngest 2013 Spike also acknowledges his 19th birthday coming this Sunday, July 14.


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