Garrett Kelly, star reliever for the Indy Schaumburg Boomers, has signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.
Prior to helping the Boomers to the 2017 Frontier League championship, Kelly spent time in the Minnesota Twins organization. As part of their Gulf Coast League team in 2016, he appeared in 18 games, primarily in relief, posting a 3.67 ERA with 11 walks and 29 strikeouts in 27 innings.
His K/9 has never been in question. Kelly has always had the stuff to get hitters out. Going back to his days at Wake Forest. During his junior season he struck out 41 in 33 innings (11.07/SO9) and this type of stat has carried over the past couple years, including his breakout season with the Boomers.
Though I’m biased, I sincerely believe that Independent baseball is an untapped resource. There have been teams like Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays that have taken more than one chance on Indy standouts.
Kelly’s inking a contract with the Cubbies is yet another example where the scouts are always looking for talent regardless of where they play.