Red Sox pitching prospect Casey Kelly, who spent 2009 as both a pitcher and position player, joined the Dale & Holley show on Thursday to discuss the decision to leave behind a promising college football career, his commitment to pitching full-time in 2010, and trade rumors in which his name came up. Kelly said that he appreciated the opportunity to pursue his first pro season as both a shortstop and pitcher, but that the decision to become a full-time pitcher for the coming season was relatively straightforward.
"I had so much fun this year playing my first full season. The Red Sox were great about the transition between pitching and shortstop," Kelly said. "They kind of sat down with me at the end of the season, kind of laying out what happened this season, what I need to work on, a timeline for each position. When it came in the end, it was kind of a no-brainer. I’m going to be pitching full time this year and I’m excited about it."