Merrill Kelly

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Full Name Merrill Kelly
Age 32 Years Old
Nick Name Kelly
Gender Male
Famous As Baseball Player
Birth Date October 14th, 1988
Birth Place Houston, Texas

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About Merrill Kelly 

Merrill Kelly is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). On 1st April 2019, he made his MLB debut. He is a member of a famous Baseball Player with the age of 31 years old. Kelly formerly played for the SK Wyverns of the KBO League. Recently, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly lost his no-hit bid with one out in the seventh inning when Rougned Odor hit a solo homer for the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Famous For

  • Being an American professional Baseballer.
  • For his professional debut in KBO and MLB.

Merrill Kelly throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets

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Early Life of Merrill Kelly

Kelly was born on 14th October 1988 in Houston, Texas. His born nation is America, and his full name is ''Kenneth Merrill Kelly''. Merrill's nationality is American whereas ethnicity is American-White. His race is white while the zodiac sign is Libra. He celebrates his birthday on 14th October of every year and he had celebrated his 31st birthday as of 2019. Merrill attended Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, and qualified from Yavapai College. The Baltimore Orioles selected Kelly in the 37th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, but he did not sign a contract. After playing college baseball at Yavapai for two years, the Cleveland Indians took Merrill in the 22nd round of the 2009 MLB draft, but again, he did not sign. Kelly transferred to Arizona State University, where he played for the Arizona State Sun Devils in 2010.

Career of Merrill Kelly

Tampa Bay Rays

  • The Tampa Bay Rays selected Merrill in the eighth round (251st overall) of the 2010 MLB draft. He advanced about one minor league level each season, beginning his career at Low-A in 2010 and reaching Triple-A for the first time in 2013. 
  • Merrill split his first professional season between the Hudson Valley Renegades and the Bowling Green Hot Rods. He was 8-7 with a 3.28 ERA for the 2011 Charlotte Stone Crabs. He had an 8-3 record and a 3.57 ERA for the 2012 Montgomery Biscuits after being used primarily in relief. 
  • Kelly went 13-8 with 111 strikeouts and a 3.64 ERA in 28 games (26 starts) for the Biscuits and Triple-A Durham Bulls in 2013, where he allowed only 128 hits in 158 1/3 innings. 
  • Merrill was a non-roster invitee to 2014 spring training but did not make the Opening Day roster. He pitched the 2014 season for Durham, going 9-4 with a 2.76 ERA, but remained in the minor leagues.

SK Wyverns

  • He signed with the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) ahead of the 2015 season. Through 3 seasons, with SK Wyverns, Merrill pitched to a 36-25 record and a 3.80 ERA, then he became a free agent after the 2018 season.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • The MLB Arizona Diamondbacks signed Kelly to a two-year major league contract on 4th December 2018. and he made his major league debut in a start versus the San Diego Padres on 1st April 2019.
  • Kelly earned a win and recorded a quality start by totaling six innings while allowing three runs and striking out three.
  • In his first season with Arizona, Merrill led the National League in losses with 14 but led the team in wins (13) and innings (​183 1⁄3).
  • Kelly (1-0) notched the win in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over the Rangers, giving up one run on three hits and a walk over 7.2 innings. He struck out seven.
  • The right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Rougned Odor connected on a solo shot to ruin Kelly's bid for history.
  • A Houston native, Kelly was facing the Rangers for the first time. The game comes on the anniversary of Kenny Rogers' perfect game for Texas at home in 1994, the year they opened their previous stadium.
  • The 31-year-old Kelly is in his second season with the Diamondbacks, after going 13-14 last year. He was 48-36 with a 3.86 ERA in 119 games in the Korean Baseball Organization from 2015 to 2018, after the five seasons before that in the Tampa Bay Rays organization without playing in the majors.

Professional debut

  • KBO:  2nd April 2015, for the SK Wyverns
  • MLB: 1st April 2019, for the Arizona Diamondbacks

KBO statistics 

(through 2018 season)

Win-loss record         48-32

Earned run average 3.86

Strikeouts                           641

MLB statistics 

(through 28th July 2020)

Win-loss record         14-14

Earned run average 4.29

Strikeouts                         165

Merrill Kelly, a famous baseball pitcher

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Personal Life of Merrill Kelly

Regarding Merrill's personal life, he is not married yet. Kelly is currently single. He is not dating anyone. According to different social media, he is mainly focusing on his career. And talking about his sexual orientation, he is straight. He is enjoying his life and working hard to make it successful.

Net Worth of Merrill Kelly

Moving towards Merrill's net worth, his net worth has been growing significantly in 2018-2019. And as of 2020, his net worth is in millions of dollars. His net worth is around $1 million to $5 million as of now. Kelly has also a handsome annual salary. His source of income is from a baseball career. He is satisfied with his earnings and enjoying it.

Body Measurement of Merrill Kelley

Moving towards Merrill Kelly's body measurement, he is a handsome guy with a slim body. He had attracted many people from his appearance. He has a perfect height of 1.88 m. Kelly's body weight is around 86 kg. His body build is Athletic. Kelly is living a healthy, fit, and fine life.