Kelly attended Arizona State University and Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California. He was drafted 2nd overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 1991 amateur draft, after his 1990 season with the Sun Devils in which he hit .376 with 21 HR and 82 RBI. As a result of his fine season with Arizona State, he won the Golden Spike Award as the 1990 National Player of the Year. His 46 homers with ASU trail only Bob Horner for most all-time in Sun Devil history.
Mike Kelly spent 6 years in the majors with 4 teams. He played in 327 major league games, hitting .241 with 22 home runs and 86 RBI. His best season came in 1998 with Tampa Bay. In 106 games he hit .240 with career highs in both homers (10) and RBI (33). Kelly will be remembered by Rays fans as being the starting left fielder for the team's first game in major league history.
Kelly retired from the Yankees organization following the 2004 season after being released.
|Born: June 2, 1970|
Los Angeles, California
|April 5, 1994, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 12, 1999, for the Colorado Rockies|
|Runs batted in||86|
|Career highlights and awards|
The Baseball America College Player of the Year Award is an award given by Baseball America to the best college baseball player of the year. The award has been given annually since 1981.Golden Spikes Award
The Golden Spikes Award is bestowed annually to the best amateur baseball player in the United States. The award, created by USA Baseball and sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Association, was first presented in 1978. It is given to an amateur player who best exhibits and combines "exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship." The award is considered the most prestigious in amateur baseball.Ten winners of the Golden Spikes Award are members of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, including Bob Horner, the inaugural winner in 1978. In that same year, he was the first overall MLB draft pick and proceeded to win the Rookie of the Year Award. Seven Golden Spikes Award winners went on to become the first overall draft pick. Only Horner achieved the Rookie of the Year Award in the same year (although Jason Jennings and Buster Posey were voted the top rookies of the National League several years after winning the Golden Spikes Award). Jim Abbott, Jered Weaver and Tim Lincecum are the only award winners to pitch a no-hitter, while Horner is the only one to hit four home runs in one game. Furthermore, 17 players won the Dick Howser Trophy (considered to be the Heisman Trophy of college baseball) alongside the Golden Spikes Award. No player has won the award more than once.
Since 2014, the winner has been announced during a live broadcast of ESPN's SportsCenter. Immediately following the announcement, the award winner and the other finalists are honored at a banquet in Los Angeles. Although it can be given to any amateur player, the award has always been given to a college baseball player. In addition, only two winners were not attending NCAA Division I institutions when they won the award—junior college players Alex Fernández in 1990 and Bryce Harper in 2010. The most recent recipient of the award is Adley Rutschman of the Oregon State Beavers.Kelly (surname)
Kelly is a surname in the English language. The name has numerous origins. In some cases it is derived from toponyms located in Ireland and Great Britain, in other cases it is derived from patronyms in the Irish language.National College Baseball Hall of Fame
The National College Baseball Hall of Fame is an institution operated by the College Baseball Foundation serving as the central point for the study of the history of college baseball in the United States. In partnership with the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library located on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, the Hall of Fame inducts former collegiate players and coaches who have met selection criteria of distinction.USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Olympic, Premier12 and Pan American Games teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. In addition, USA Baseball selects players for the 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs.
The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives through its Sport Development department, including Play Ball and Pitch Smart. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country and is responsible for creating the USABat standard.
1990 College Baseball All-America Team selections
1991 College Baseball All-America Team consensus selections
Members of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame