Merrill Kelly

SP · Arizona Diamondbacks

Bats R Throws R
Height 6'2" Weight 202
DOB 1988-10-14 Age 35.6
Hometown Houston, TX
2024 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 9.07, 127th

Season Projections

SourceFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
ATC375.430177.6119141696116422586793.981.26
Draft Buddy376.031182.01110141736216822588814.011.26
Steamer381.731185.31111161766618124693864.161.33
THE BAT334.930165.41010121616015723586804.341.30
Zeile372.731180.2111015168621702300814.041.28

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Merrill Kelly Expected To Begin A Throwing Program Next Week

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    Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said that right-hander Merrill Kelly (shoulder) is expected to start his throwing program next week. It's positive news for Kelly, but he still has a ways to go while recovering from a right-shoulder strain and may not make it back to Arizona's starting rotation until around the All-Star break in mid-July. Before going on a minor-league rehab assignment, the 35-year-old veteran needs to build his arm back up and throw off the mound at least a handful of times. Based on the way Kelly had looked early in 2024 before going on the shelf, he should be stashed in most fantasy leagues until he returns to fully healthy. Kelly is currently 2-0 this year with a 2.19 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 21 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings over his four starts.

    May 28 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly Scheduled For MRI This Week

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (shoulder) is scheduled to undergo an MRI this week to see how his strained right shoulder is progressing. It's possible that he could begin a throwing program relatively soon if everything looks good, manager Torey Lovullo said on Wednesday. Kelly remains without a clear timetable for a return from the injury, and he isn't eligible to be activated from the 60-day injured list until late June. The 35-year-old veteran right-hander carries a 2.19 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 21:6 K:BB over 24 2/3 innings (four starts) for the D-backs while sitting on the shelf, and he's still worth a stash for fantasy managers who can afford the roster spot. With Kelly sidelined, Ryne Nelson and Logan Allen will help eat innings in Arizona's rotation.

    May 23 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly Transferred To 60-Day Injured List

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (shoulder) will shift to the 60-day injured list to free up a 40-man roster spot for incoming right-hander Matt Bowman from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations. This is a fairly significant update for Kelly, considering manager Torey Lovullo said on April 23 that the hurler's strained right shoulder would undergo re-imaging in the upcoming weeks. As a result, the D-backs and fantasy managers will now be without Kelly until early July at the earliest. The 35-year-old right-hander was working to an excellent 2.19 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 21:6 K:BB over 24 2/3 innings (four starts) before heading to the IL, and he's well worth a stash for those who can afford the roster spot. Right-hander Slade Cecconi should continue functioning from Arizona's rotation, and he's trending up with a 2.25 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, and 11:1 K:BB across 12 frames (two starts).

    May 2 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly Out For At Least A Month

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    Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday that the team could be without starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (shoulder) for at least a month. Kelly was placed on the injured list earlier in the day with a right shoulder strain. When asked if the 35-year-old would be back by the All-Star break, Lovullo said, "I don't know. Hard to say." This is a big blow to the Diamondbacks and fantasy managers, as Kelly had a 2.19 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 22.8% strikeout rate in his first four starts. Tommy Henry figures to slot into the rotation in Kelly's place, but fantasy managers may want to look elsewhere for immediate replacements.

    Apr 24 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly Placed On Injured List

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (shoulder) has been placed on the 15-day injured list on Tuesday. The right-hander is dealing with a shoulder strain, but reportedly won't need surgery, according to manager Torey Lovullo. The D-Backs have not given a timetable on Kelly's possible return to the mound. It sounds like the organization plans to have Kelly undergo further testing before they decide on what to do. Southpaw Tommy Henry has been recalled from the minors and figures to slide into the open spot in the starting rotation.

    Apr 23 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • D-Backs To Recall Tommy Henry, Likely To Place Merrill Kelly On IL

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    The Diamondbacks will recall left-hander Tommy Henry from Triple-A Reno to start tomorrow evening's game against the Cardinals, manager Torey Lovullo told reporters (including Theo Mackie of AZ Central). Arizona optioned Henry five days ago. Pitchers need to stay on optional assignment for at least 15 days unless they're recalled to replace a player who is...

    Apr 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Tommy Henry Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly "Most Likely" Headed To The Injured List

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    Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said that right-hander Merrill Kelly (shoulder) is "most likely" headed to the injured list to make room for the call-up of left-hander Tommy Henry, who will start on Tuesday on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals. Kelly was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants and is now most likely going to have to miss the next couple weeks at the very least due to a shoulder strain. The 35-year-old veteran should be stashed in most fantasy leagues while he's on the injured list, as he's currently 2-0 with a strong 2.19 ERA (3.82 FIP) and 0.93 WHIP with six walks and 21 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings over his first four starts. Henry should fill in in Arizona's rotation in the short-term, but the soft-tossing southpaw has minimal fantasy upside and was sporting a 6.87 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in his first four starts before being optioned to the minors.

    Apr 22 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly Experiencing Shoulder Discomfort

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    Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said that right-hander Merrill Kelly (shoulder) is experiencing some shoulder discomfort and went for an MRI exam on Sunday night. The 35-year-old veteran is still being evaluated after being scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday against the division-rival San Francisco Giants. The Diamondbacks are hoping Kelly can avoid a trip to the injured list, but that will depend on the results of his MRI, which we'll pass along once we have them. Slade Cecconi was called up from the minors to start against the Giants on Sunday and he pitched well, giving up only two earned runs with no walks and three strikeouts over six innings in a win. Losing Kelly for any stretch of time would be a big blow for Arizona and fantasy managers, as he currently has a 2.19 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 21 K's in 24 2/3 frames over his first four starts.

    Apr 22 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly Scratched From Sunday Start

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (undisclosed) has been scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday in the final game of a four-game set against their division rival San Francisco Giants. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported the news, but there has not been any clarity on why the 35-year-old will not be on the bump, so fantasy managers should pay close attention over the next few days. Kelly was off to another strong season, sporting a 2.19 ERA and 0.93 WHIP across 24 innings. Slade Cecconi is slated to serve as the Arizona starter and has yet to take the mound this season.

    Apr 21 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly Worth Starting At Coors Field?

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly looks to build on his strong start to the year when he takes the hill against the division-rival Colorado Rockies and right-hander Cal Quantrill in Tuesday's road start. After giving up eight runs in 12 frames of spring ball, Kelly has sharpened up to allow just three runs in 13 2/3 innings with a 12:1 K:BB across his first two appearances of the regular season. The 35-year-old soft-tossing right-hander has plenty of experience with Colorado in his career, and fantasy managers may be weary of starting him due to the unfavorable ballpark factor. Over his last three starts at Coors Field since 2022, however, Kelly is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA and 19 strikeouts across 19 innings. Season-long fantasy managers should feel fine starting Kelly against the Rocks, and the righty holds some contrarian DFS appeal in a shy-away spot on paper.

    Apr 8 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly Looking To Continue Home Dominance Friday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly will look to keep up the excellent work at home when he takes on the visiting Colorado Rockies on Friday. Kelly has long pitched much better at Chase Field than anywhere else as he sports a 3.17 ERA alongside a 24.3% K% in his career at home versus a 4.48 ERA and 19.6% K% on the road. However, his dominance at home increased in the 2023 season when he pitched to a 2.59 ERA and a 29% K% in 93 2/3 frames at Chase Field. The 35-year-old is an excellent fantasy option on Friday against a Rockies team that ranked 29th with a .285 wOBA on the road and also dead last with a 27.3% K% outside of Coors Field.

    Mar 29 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly Has Stellar Outing

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly continued his stellar spring during Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics. The right-hander threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing four hits and striking out seven batters. The 35-year-old hasn't allowed a run in two of his first three outings this spring. The hope is that these outings carry over into the regular season. Kelly should continue to climb up draft boards if he keeps pitching like he has lately.

    Mar 18 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Merrill Kelly Logs Four Strikeouts, Allows Two Runs

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly gave up two runs on five hits in three innings during his second appearance of spring training on Wednesday, striking out four batters in a 7-5 Cactus League loss to the division-rival Colorado Rockies. Kelly is still off to a fine start this spring, despite Wednesday's mixed bag, turning in a 3.60 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with seven punchouts over five frames in two showings. The 35-year-old right-hander was a workhorse for the D-backs in 2023, tossing 177 2/3 innings (30 starts) for a rock-solid 3.29 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 187:69 K:BB. Although he doesn't carry particularly high upside, Kelly is a relatively safe fantasy bet at his 148.7 Yahoo ADP this spring and will face these same Rockies during Arizona's first series of the regular season in late March.

    Mar 13 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly
  • Pitching Stats

    SeasonTeamFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
    2019ARI356.332183.11314151585718429295904.421.31
    2020ARI83.3531.13242952651992.590.99
    2021ARI225.027158.071101304116321482784.441.29
    2022ARI392.333200.113801776116721277753.371.14
    2023ARI431.731177.2128181876914320571673.391.19
    2024ARI68.7424.22032161730662.190.93
    2024 ATC375.430177.6119141696116422586793.981.26
    2024 Draft Buddy376.031182.01110141736216822588814.011.26
    2024 Steamer381.731185.31111161766618124693864.161.33
    2024 THE BAT334.930165.41010121616015723586804.341.30
    2024 Zeile372.731180.2111015168621702300814.041.28

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

    2024

    WeekOppFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
    4vs CHC9.015.000052310111.801.00
    3at COL21.016.010143600223.001.50
    2vs NYY12.017.000141510222.570.86
    1vs COL26.716.210180310111.350.45

    2023

    WeekOppFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
    27vs HOU, at NYY17.0212.0011104910332.251.08
    26vs SF23.716.210153310111.350.90
    25at NYM0.015.0010746107712.602.00
    24at CHC, vs COL41.7212.2101186800221.421.11
    23at LAD-6.015.00101312007712.603.00
    22vs CIN22.017.0001120100000.000.14
    21at SD, at COL33.3211.11011451040553.971.32
    20vs LAD11.016.000122600000.001.33
    19at MIN16.016.000191621223.001.17
    18vs SEA, vs STL16.0211.00111141110443.271.36
    13at SF, at MIL23.0212.0111931312864.501.33
    12vs PHI13.016.000174310334.501.17
    11at DET21.316.110152710334.261.42
    10vs ATL26.017.010183520222.571.14
    9vs BOS28.316.1101102400111.420.95
    8at PIT, at OAK45.0212.0201133710532.250.83
    7vs MIA8.016.000061410446.000.83
    6vs WAS29.017.0101101410111.290.71
    5at COL23.016.010151600111.501.17
    4vs SD, at STL24.0211.0111105811553.381.13
    3vs MIL8.016.001174111333.751.17
    2vs LAD0.715.201044600444.261.26
    1at LAD7.713.200044300000.870.97

    2024

    DateOppResultFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
    Apr 15vs CHCL 2-39.015.000052310111.801.00
    Apr 9at COLW 3-221.016.010143600223.001.50
    Apr 3vs NYYL 5-612.017.000141510222.570.86
    Mar 29vs COLW 7-326.716.210180310111.350.45

    2023

    DateOppResultFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
    Sep 30vs HOUL 0-19.017.001152500111.291.00
    Sep 25at NYYL 4-68.015.000052410223.601.20
    Sep 20vs SFW 7-123.716.210153310111.350.90
    Sep 14at NYML 1-110.015.0010746107712.602.00
    Sep 9at CHCW 3-210.715.200065400111.591.59
    Sep 4vs COLW 4-231.017.0101121400111.290.71
    Aug 29at LADL 1-9-6.015.00101312007712.603.00
    Aug 24vs CINW 3-222.017.0001120100000.000.14
    Aug 19at SDW 6-415.315.110034520335.061.69
    Aug 14at COLL 4-618.016.0001111520223.001.00
    Aug 9vs LADL 0-211.016.000122600000.001.33
    Aug 4at MINL 2-316.016.000191621223.001.17
    Jul 30vs SEAL 0-43.015.001062710335.401.80
    Jul 25vs STLW 3-113.016.000152400111.501.00
    Jun 24at SFL 6-7-3.015.0010221012759.002.40
    Jun 19at MILW 9-126.017.010171300111.290.57
    Jun 14vs PHIL 3-413.016.000174310334.501.17
    Jun 9at DETW 11-621.316.110152710334.261.42
    Jun 2vs ATLW 3-226.017.010183520222.571.14
    May 28vs BOSW 4-228.316.1101102400111.420.95
    May 21at PITW 8-317.015.010042300323.601.00
    May 15at OAKW 5-228.017.010191410211.290.71
    May 10vs MIAL 4-58.016.000061410446.000.83
    May 5vs WASW 3-129.017.0101101410111.290.71
    Apr 28at COLW 9-123.016.010151600111.501.17
    Apr 22vs SDL 3-53.015.001075310447.201.60
    Apr 17at STLW 6-321.016.010130501111.500.83
    Apr 11vs MILL 1-78.016.001174111334.500.83
    Apr 6vs LADL 2-50.715.201044600446.351.76
    Mar 31at LADW 2-17.713.200044300000.001.91
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