He is the best player at age 34.
We live in an era where there are quite a few players who have been exported from the KBO to the Major League and continued their successful careers. Among them, the number one is definitely Merrill Kelly (35, Arizona Diamondbacks). On the 3rd (Korean time), MLB.com ranked Kelly as the best player at the age of 34, ranking him as the best player by age.
Born in October 1988, Kelly is strictly speaking still 34 years old. He is doing well this season as well, with 10 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 3.31 in 24 games. He was sidelined with a calf injury from late June to late July and withdrew from the National League multiple wins race. On the 30th of last month, he performed poorly against the LA Dodgers, allowing 7 runs and 12 hits, 1 strikeout, and 3 walks in 5 innings. Still, he performed well in 6 games in August with 1 win, 1 loss, and an ERA of 3.57.먹튀검증
Kelly recorded 48 wins, 32 losses, and an average ERA of 3.86 in 119 games for the SK Wyverns of the KBO League from 2015 to 2018. He is also a member of SK’s last Korean Series championship in 2018. Afterwards, he signed a two-year contract with Arizona worth $5.5 million, a two-year contract worth $9.5 million, and a two-year contract worth $18 million. Total 6-year contract worth $33 million (approximately 43.7 billion won).
Kelly is enjoying his prime as he is recognized for his abilities, including being selected for the U.S. team at this year’s World Baseball Classic. He is the pitcher who practically leads the team’s starting lineup along with ace Jack Gallen. He has the lowest earned run average and hit percentage (0.227) on the team, and the second most innings pitched (141.1 innings). WHIP (1.20) is also second best.
He has now achieved 46 wins (41) in 121 major league games. If this pace continues until the 2024 season, there is a good chance that he will make a mid-to-mid hit in the 2024-2025 free agent market. A $33 million contract seems like a bargain at this point.
MLB.com said, “Players in this age group gradually become weaker. This is the period and age when pitchers are most injured. “In many ways, it is the most exciting time for baseball players.” Kelly, who is in his mid-30s, has yet to be sidelined for a long period of time due to injury.