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Seattle Mariners Purchase Contract of Patriots' Pitcher Ryan Kelly

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Somerset Patriots' relief pitcher Ryan Kelly has been signed by the Seattle Mariners and will report to their top farm club, the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. Credits: courtesy photo
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ- Right-handed pitcher Ryan Kelly’s contract has been purchased by the Seattle Mariners organization from the Somerset Patriots. He will report directly to Triple-A Tacoma.

He is the fifth Patriots' pitcher signed by a Major League team since the Atlantic League season began April 21.

Kelly had carried a 1-0 record with a 2.00 ERA and three saves in 10 appearances with the Somerset Patriots in 2017. Additionally, the righty had struck out 16 batters against just four walks in nine innings of work.

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Kelly entered his first season with the Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’2” reliever appeared in 17 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2015, and struck out 10 batters over 16.2 innings of work. Kelly earned his 2015 promotion after he posted a 3-1 record with a 0.95 ERA and 13 saves in 24 appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett earlier that season. Additionally, Kelly began the 2015 campaign with Double-A Mississippi where he recorded nine saves and tossed 17.2 innings without allowing an earned run (0.00 ERA).

The Blufton, SC resident began his professional career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Kelly spent his first four seasons with the Pirates before he was traded three times during his fifth season, eventually landing with the San Diego Padres. There, he earned a promotion to Triple-A Tucson in both 2012 and 2013 after he posted a 4-1 record with a 2.66 ERA over 39 relief appearances with Double-A San Antonio in 2012.

The Walters State Community College alumnus spent the majority of his 2016 season with Vaqueros Laguna in the Mexican League. He owned a 22-22 record with a 3.85 ERA and 57 saves in 289 games in the minors over his nine-year career entering 2017, including a combined 2.73 ERA over 44 games at the Triple-A level.

Other Patriots'' pitchers signed include left-handed pitchers Jeremy Bleich and Logan Darnell; both went to the Los Angeles Dodgers; right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd joined the Seattle Mariners and southpaw Aaron Laffey went to the Arizona Diamondback. All five were assigned to Triple-A.

In other team news, outfielder Darren Ford has been placed on the disabled list and will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

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