Former Quad Cities River Bandits pitcher Joe Kelly reportedly has agreed to a 3-year, $25 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The right-hander went 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA, 68 strikeouts and 32 walks in 73 relief appearances (65.2 innings) for the Red Sox in 2018, one year after he went 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA, 52 strikeouts and 27 walks in 54 relief appearances (58 innings) for Boston. The seven-year MLB veteran’s best season was 2013, when he went 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA, 79 strikeouts and 44 walks in 124 innings (37 games/15 starts) for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kelly pitched for the River Bandits in 2010, going 6-8 with a 4.62 ERA, 92 strikeouts and 45 walks in 103.1 innings (26 games/18 starts).
Storey to manage Triple-A team
No word yet on who will manage the River Bandits in 2019, but it looks like their 2018 manager won’t be returning to the Midwest League.
Reports say Mickey Storey will helm the Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, next year. Storey led the River Bandits to an 91-59 record in 2018, his first year as a manager. Quad Cities reached the playoffs, but were eliminated in the first round by the Peoria Chiefs, who later lost to the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the Midwest League Championship Series.