2012 Draft Scouting Report: Carson Kelly

2012 Draft Scouting Report: Carson Kelly

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look prep infielder, Carson Kelly.

Name: Carson Kelly
Position: Third Base
School: Westview H.S. (Ore.)
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: PG National Showcase

Physical Description

Kelly is a plus athlete. He shows outstanding agility as well as decent foot speed. He's relatively physically mature but he will add some additional muscularity as a pro.


Kelly's offensive upside stands out. He hits from a strong base and shows good balance at the plate. His bat speed is plus and he shows good extension out front. He looks like he'll be a good gap hitter at the next level, as he consistently squares the ball up. His plate discipline will need some improvement, but overall he's a very sound and high upside young hitter.


The ball really leaps off Kelly's bat. He shows plus raw power before the game that someday will translate in game action. The raw strength is there, as is the plus bat speed. When his pitch selection improves, we could see a 20+ home run bat in the big leagues.


Kelly has the plus and possibly plus-plus arm to the play third base at the next level. There's some inconsistencies in his defensive game, but he has the physical skills to play the position as a pro.


He's a good overall athlete but his speed is about average at this point. And, that's probably where he'll be for the duration of his career. He's already pretty physically mature. He does have a very good first step, though.


Kelly's profile is very enticing to scouts. He's potential plus hit tool, plus throwing arm athletic third baseman with some pop in his bat. And, for a high school player he's not all that raw. Someone will grab him in the top couple rounds.

OaklandClubhouse.com Recommended Stories

  • Our Oakland A's 2015 top-51 prospects list is out. Now find out more about the players on that list. In this piece, a close look at top-51 prospect Ryan Doolittle.

  • Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risks! Since the…

  • The Oakland A's have named their new minor league coordinators for the 2015 season. They also came to terms with a minor league reliever with a very unique skill-set.

  • As we predicted, the Oakland A's added prospect Renato Nunez to the 40-man roster to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. To make room for Nunez on the roster, Oakland placed OF Alex Hassan on…

  • Adrian Peterson’s defense attorney Rusty Hardin blasted the NFL commissioner over his handling of Peterson’s suspension, saying he is trying to make up for the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice situation…

Up Next