12 months ago, I arrived at the St. Louis Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter, Florida. My first stop was catching drills, where I discovered a new recruit among them. Previously a third baseman, Carson Kelly was in the very first days of a major position change.
A year later, it is Kelly’s former Peoria Chiefs teammate Mason Katz who is donning the tools of ignorance in Florida. With a full Midwest League season under his belt, one in which he was named an all-star, Kelly has grown comfortable as a backstop.
Catching for top prospects like Alex Reyes and Rob Kaminsky, Kelly grew in his game-calling while throwing out 33 percent of attempted base stealers. At the plate, Kelly finished with 49 RBI and a line of .248/.326/.366/.692 while playing 98 games for the Class-A club.
In the following exclusive interview, Kelly talks about his whirlwind last 12 months, which began with his invitation to major league camp and concluded with his work at instructs.
The Cardinal Nation’s extensive series of player and coach interviews from Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter will continue in the upcoming days. They will include Mike Shildt, Derrick May, Oscar Mercado, Malik Collymore, Mason Katz, Rowan Wick, Chris Rivera and Jery Then.
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