Don Kelly is far from flashy. He isn’t the type of player who will sell a lot of jerseys, but he is a part of the Detroit Tigers for a reason.
Kelly shows up to play and gives 100 percent effort every day. He knows his role on the team and tries to take advantage of every opportunity he is given.
Kelly can play any position on the field. He generally comes into close games in the later innings to shore up the defense, but he’s been stepping up to the plate lately in more ways than that. Kelly brought the majority of the Tigers’ offense Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians when he pulled a three-run homer off Justin Masterson to earn the Tigers at least a split of the series with the Tribe.
When none of the Tigers’ All-Stars could figure out Chicago White Sox‘ rookie Andre Rienzo Sunday, Kelly waited patiently for his pitch and had impressive at-bats throughout.
Kelly proved it on July 9, when the Tigers were being embarrassed by the White Sox after a wretched eighth inning. They trailed by eight runs with the bases empty and just one out remaining in the game when Kelly deposited a home run into the seats in right field.
He continues to prove why he is the best 25th man on any roster in the majors. He has even pitched when the circumstance presented itself. Kelly doesn’t do anything extraordinary, but he does everything. He runs well, plays solid defense, has a positive attitude and gives it his all every time he gets a chance.