SAM KENNELLY
SHORTSTOP
Born: January 9, 1996
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2012, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Australia
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates signed Kennelly at age 16.  The $225,000 bonus he received was relatively large for an Australian signing.  Kennelly played in Australia and in tournament ball before signing.  The Pirates sent him back to the Australian Baseball League after he signed.  He appears to be more of an offense-oriented infielder and may not have the range to stick at short.

2014
R:  284/388/343, 102 AB, 6 2B, 16 BB, 17 K, 0-2 SB

Kennelly had a very solid season in the GCL.  He played primarily at second, with half a dozen games at short.  His playing time was somewhat limited at first, as the Pirates showed more interest in Nelson Jorge, but his playing time increased in August as he proved to be drastically more advanced with the bat than Jorge and also played better in the field.  For the month, Kennelly batted 321/422/377.  He showed especially good command of the strike zone.

Kennelly played the entire 2014 season at age 18.  He appears ready at least for Morgantown.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $225,000
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 12, 2012: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.