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Performance Institute alum top prospect in Red Sox farm system

Casey Kelly (left) talks with IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsPerformance Specialist Corey Stenstrup
Casey Kelly (left) talks with IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsPerformance Specialist Corey Stenstrup

Casey Kelly, an Athletic & Personal Development program alum and Boston Red Sox prospect, continues to garner attention for his potential as a Major Leaguer.

MLB.com recently ran a story on the Red Sox farm system that prominently mentioned Kelly. Here's a sample:

Though it's still a relatively small sample size, stats show Kelly may be superior on the mound.

While pitching in high Class A and Double-A this past season, Kelly posted a slim 2.08 ERA in 17 starts. At the plate, however, he batted .214 in eight games in rookie ball, .224 at Double-A and now sports a .241 batting average while serving primarily as a position player in the AFL.

But it's still early. And shortly after the AFL season wraps up this coming week, the Red Sox will map out a new plan for what position Kelly will play in 2010.

"We just want to continue to see where the offensive consistency emerges," Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen said. "On the pitching side of things, he's very advanced. He's got a really good delivery, he's a great athlete, and he throws strikes with three pitches. I think the game management as a pitcher -- fielding his position, managing the running game; those kind of little things -- we'll continue to stress, as well as the other subtle nuances of pitching."

Check out the full story here.

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