Tyler Patrick Kelly was born July 20th 1988 in Dallas, Texas. His father was a basketball & baseball coach. The six foot third baseman Tyler, attended high school in California & college at the Loyola Marymount, University of California at Davis. As a sophomore he led the Big West Conference with a .387 batting average & helped the Aggies reach the Division 1 Tournament.
He was signed by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 2009 draft. His minor league career started off well, making All Star teams in 2009, 2011,2012 & 2013.
In 2012 he hit .327 going from A ball up to AAA ball, followed by a .298 season in 2013. That year he was traded from Baltimore to the Seattle organization.
In 2015 he was sent to the St. Louis Cards organization, there he struggled (batting .203) and was designated for assignment. Kelly then got picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays. Overall on the year he hit just .226 but the New York Mets gave him a minor league contract for 2016.
He began 2016 with the Mets AAA Las Vegas 51s where in his first 32 games he batted .413 with 12 doubles, 2 HRs & 15 RBIs. On May 23rd, the Mets went with the hot hitter when Lucas Duda went on the DL. The Mets already had David Wright struggling with back issues & Wilmer Flores on the DL as well. So with the Mets desperately needed a third baseman and with a depleted minor league system, Kelly got the call up.
Kelly debuted with the Mets wearing #56, on May 24th in a 7-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. That day he struck out three times against Steven Strasburg who was born on the same day as Kelly.
On May 30th he got his first hit, it came off The Chicago White Sox Nate Jones in a 1-0 Mets win. On June 8th, in Pittsburgh, he hit his first career HR, coming in a 6-5 Mets win over the Pirates.
Kelly wasn't the answer at third base, after 10 games he was batting just .174 with one HR & two RBIs. He was sent back down to Las Vegas on June 10th when the Mets re-acquired Kelly Johnson.