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Tue, 06/30/2009 - 9:21am  

Sox prospect Kelly's switch to shortstop delayed

Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly, who is amidst a unique season in which he will pitch into July before moving to shortstop for the second half of the year, had his transition delayed slightly by his excellence on the mound. The Sox' 2009 first-round pick was named to the All-Star Futures Game -- to be played in St. Louis on July 12 -- as a pitcher. In order to ensure that he remains on a regular throwing schedule through that exhibition game, Kelly -- who was scheduled to finish his season as a pitcher around the first week of July -- will continue pitching through the Futures Game.

"Basically, [the Futures Game] is going to delay his shortstop play by about a week," said Sox farm director Mike Hazen. "We didn’t feel like it was safe enough to do it the other way."

Following the Futures Game, Kelly (who has been taking batting practice during the month of June) will report to Fort Myers in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League, where he will play for about a week while the Sox figure out where to assign him as a position player.

Kelly has gone 1-2 with a 2.02 ERA since earning a promotion to Salem of the High-A Carolina League on the strength of his excellence (6-1, 1.12) for Single-A Greenville of the South Atlantic League. The 19-year-old has allowed one or no hits in three of his six starts since going to Salem. In his most recent outing on Sunday, Kelly retired the first 19 batters he faced before an error and then a single broke up the perfect game.

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