Cubs Prospect Profile: Speed Merchant Fernando Kelli Opening Eyes in Eugene

One thing the Cubs system has lacked in recent years has been speed. One man can’t change that all by himself, but 19-year-old outfielder Fernando Kelli is sure going to do his best.

Last summer, a then 18-year-old Kelli stole 58 bases in the Dominican Summer League. Oh, he hit .320 with an on-base percentage of .437 to go with all that speed. He’d only been seen a little bit during spring training of 2017 and no one knew that much about him before that.

I had a lot of questions about Kelli and was extremely interested to get a good look at him coming into this season. He actually got into a couple games with the big league club and held his own down in Mesa. And now that he plays late at night out in Eugene, viewers can get a pretty good look at what he can and cannot do.

There are a lot of things to like and there are a lot of things that he needs to improve on. Then again, it’s important to remember that he’s still a teenager for another month and is playing one level above most of his peers.

Things He’s Doing Well

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Source:: Cubs Insider

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