Nov. 18, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Dalton Kelley of Prattville, Ala. will join the UAB baseball team for the 2015 season, head coach Brian Shoop announced on Monday. Kelley, an outfielder, infielder, and right-handed pitcher, will have two years of eligibility at UAB after finishing his career at Gulf Coast Community College.
“Dalton Kelley and UAB Baseball is, in my opinion, a perfect match," said Shoop. “With limited scholarships available we were looking for help in the outfield and for a side arm pitcher. In Dalton, we found both. He is a switch hitter who can play multiple positions, runs well, and will probably lead off for Coach Mike Kandler at Gulf Coast Community College this spring. He has been used as a starter and closer at Gulf Coast, as well. We have been looking for a side arm delivery for years now and are excited that Dalton will give our opponents a different look. Our plan is to initially use him out of our bullpen. As a position player, Dalton can play all three outfield positions and infield, as well, and we are excited that as a switch hitter who can run and will give us a lot of options offensively. We definitely believe he will be a two-way player for us.”
In his first season at Gulf Coast Community College, Kelley hit for .298, had five doubles, and stole nine bases. On the mound, he owned a 2.02 ERA in 35 innings of work and also struck out 30 batters. He was 6-1 with two saves in 2013.
“Dalton was an honor student at Prattville High School and will earn his associate’s degree from Gulf Coast this spring,” added Shoop. “He will do a great job in the classroom at UAB. As a person, Dalton is as good as they come. Coach Kandler ranks him up there as one of the best people that he has coached. His high character will bring leadership to our program and he will fit right in to our family atmosphere.”
At Prattville High School, he played all four years, collecting 27 doubles and 34 stolen bases. In his senior season, he owned a 1.62 ERA as a closer and knocked in 31 RBI. In addition, he was a two-time Montgomery Advertiser 5A-6A All-Metro Team honoree and 2012 Class 6A All-State Honorable Mention selection.
“Dalton has started for six consecutive years in either a 6A high school or one of the top junior college programs in the South,” stated Shoop. “He is fully prepared to play and succeed at the Division I level next year. We are thrilled he has chosen to attend UAB.”
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