Our Mets season in review continues with utility player Ty Kelly.
Not exactly on the radar at the beginning of the season after joining the Mets organization in December of 2015, Ty ended up being a very useful and serviceable player for the big league club as player after player went down with injury.
Before recapping his season, let’s see how he got here…
Born in Dallas, TX, Kelly eventually made his way to California. He started college at Loyola Marymount before transferring to UC-Davis his sophomore season. Kelly was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round in 2009. From there, he had his ebbs and flows in the minor leagues, getting traded to the Seattle Mariners in 2013. They went ahead and traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014. He started 2015 with the Redbirds before getting picked up on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. He then elected for minor league free agency in the offseason.
Ironically, Ty Kelly played for two former AAA Mets affiliates in the Norfolk Tides and the Buffalo Bisons over his minor league career prior to the orange and blue. He hit .278 in Norfolk and .264 in Buffalo.
The Mets scooped him up on November 13, 2015, pissing Mets fans off that this was their only signing so far in the offseason. The deal included an invitation to spring training.