SAN DIEGO, CA: Casey Kelly #49 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park on in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Maybe you don't want to read about what former Red Sox prospects are doing out in the wilds of MLB, especially if what they are doing is being productive for someone else. But that's the case with both Anthony Rizzo and Casey Kelly right now, both of whom were sent west in the Adrian Gonzalez trade. No, no, not that one. The other one.
Rizzo scuffled in his big-league debut in 2011, but has rebounded with yet another organization, as he was sent to the Cubs after both Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were on board the new-look front office. Kelly made his major-league debut on Monday with the Padres, shutting out the Braves in the process.
This all comes around the same time that Boston sent Gonzalez west once more, this time for a return of prospects. If anything, the cases of Rizzo and Kelly should make Sox fans feel a bit better about what can happen after a trade with a little patience. That, or it can make you upset about the fact Gonzalez was dealt for in the first place. It's up to you!
Either way, today at Baseball Nation, I took a look at both Rizzo and Kelly, and what they've done in the majors to get to where they are now.