It’s hard to believe Tim Kennelly has never been on a 40 man major league roster. He has been in the Phillies system since Aug. of 2003. He has played every position except shortstop. He has played on the world stage as Team Australia’s right fielder. He has been a catcher in the Phillies system at AA catching the likes of Brett Myers when he was rehabbing there. He was an All Star left fielder with the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League. In this spring’s minor league camp Baseball Betsy and I watched him play second and third and was Reading’s starting third baseman to start the season. Finally someone in the Phillies minor league department realized after all these years that he might have the stuff to be a major league pitcher.
You see for TK the baseball season never ends and the positions he plays are endless. To start the 2012 season back in January and February, he was the Perth Heat’s right fielder. They won the Australian Baseball League championship and he was voted the leagues MVP. Then in March he went to the Phillies minor league camp; then to Reading as a position player and by mid season sent to the Clearwater Threshers as a relief pitcher. Now back in Australia he has rejoined the Perth Heat for the start of the ABL where he is serving as DH and closer. TK is a true definition of a super sub but enough is enough get this guy on a major league roster.
It’s now November and the Perth Heat are off to South Korea to participate in the Asian Baseball Series. In Friday game Kennelly served as Perth’s designated hitter and drove in the team’s only run on a base hit to center in a 7-1 loss to the Giants from Japan. But TK’s work was not done in that game. He had to come into the game to get the final two outs against the Giants: Below is the description of his pitching outing on Twitter:
“TK comes out throwing gas. Tops out at 154 kmh (96 mph) as he induces a ground ball that leads to an out at home plate!” Another ground out. Amazing stuff from TK to get out of the inning.”
It’s great that after almost 10 years in the Phillies system, the minor league department has come to the conclusion, late than never, that Tim Kennelly has a major league arm but give the guy some time off. He is only human!