How’d he do in 2016?
Kelly was assigned to AAA Las Vegas to begin the season, where he excelled, leading the minor leagues with a .391 AVG and a .478 OBP when he was called up to the Mets on May 23 to replace the injured Lucas Duda.
Kelly played 901 minor league games and had 3,828 plate appearances. He was supposed to play for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic’s qualifying round, but his call-up canceled that (his mother is Jewish, making him eligible to play for the team, which he will start doing if they make the second round this March. Had I continued playing baseball, I would have been eligible for the team, too, because of that).
His major league debut arrived the next day against the Washington Nationals, starting at 3rd base. He collected his first big league hit on May 30 in a 1-0 win against the White Sox, a game that was the highlight of Matt Harvey‘s season.
His first home run in the Majors came in a crucial spot against the Pirates, tying the game at 2-2 in an extra inning affair the Mets would win 6-5. This was the highlight of Kelly’s season for sure; oddly, all the rest of his RBIs collected on the year were in losses.
All in all, Kelly hit .241 with one HR and seven RBI. He had fourteen hits and eleven walks in seventy-one plate appearances, giving him a .352 OBP. He played ten games at third base, eight in left field, two at second base, and one each at first, center field and right field.