Nebraska second baseman Pat Kelly announced on Tuesday morning that he will forego his senior season at Nebraska and instead sign a professional baseball contract with the Minnesota Twins.
A native of Red Wing, Minn., Kelly was selected last Saturday in the 12th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by his home state Twins.
Kelly will be very busy over the next few days, so at his request please use the quotes below for anything you need. He will first report to camp in Fort Myers, Fla., and then will likely be assigned to Elizabethton, Tenn.
“My last three years at Nebraska have been some of the best years of my life, but after talking with my family I have decided that it is time for me to pursue my dream of playing Major League Baseball.”
“It was an honor to be part of a special group of guys that put Nebraska back on the national baseball map this season. The guys I played with were not only great ball players, but also friends that I will never forget.”
“I can’t say enough about the coaching staff at Nebraska. They have helped me become the player I’m today and wouldn’t be in the position I’m without them.”
A three-time All-Big Ten performer and two-time first-team selection, Kelly has led the Huskers in hits each of the past two seasons. He ends his three-year career ranked 20th in school history with 212 career hits. A career .319 hitter, Kelly roped 28 doubles, four triples, 14 home run and drove in 125 runs.
Kelly started Nebraska’s last 135 games and was one of the top defenders in the nation. He posted a .990 fielding percentage in 2014, as he committed just three errors, and he leaves Nebraska ranked seventh in school history with 468 assists.
“I’m going to miss playing in front of the greatest fans in college baseball and the memories I made at Hawks Field will be something I’ll never forget.”