Joe Kelly

MKhanal 15 May,2018

Facts of Joe Kelly

Birth Name
Joseph William Kelly Jr.
Famous Name
Joe Kelly
Birth Date
Married to
Ashley Parks
Currently Married
November 2013


Career & Net worth

$7 million
Net Worth
$ 15 million


Married to
Ashley Parks
Currently Married
November 2013

Joseph William Kelly Jr. is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Before this, he played for the Boston Red Sox. He made his MBL debut in 2012 for the St. Louis Cardinals.

During practice, Joe Kelly is also known for his dance in the outfield, disguising himself while interviewing Nelly's unwitting rapper. He is married to Ashley Parks and has an estimated net worth of around $3 million.

Joe Kelly Contract, Salary and Net worth in 2020

Joe Kelly has an estimated net worth of over $15 million. Not to mention, the main source of his income is his MLB career. Thus far, the hunk has earned $36,000,793, playing eleven seasons long. 

Currently, he is under a 2 year / $17,000,000 contract with the Chicago White Sox, including $17,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $8,500,000. In 2019, Kelly earned a base salary of $3,000,000 while carrying a total salary of $3,000,000.

The thirty-three years old pitcher earned around $3.825 million in 2018. In2009, he was paid $341,000 as a signing bonus while playing in the minor league. 

Joe Kelly's salary every year in MLB

Year Salary  
2012 $480,000  
2013 $493,000 -
2014  (with St. Louis Cardinals) $171,475  
2014 (with Boston Red Sox) $351,525  
2015 (with Boston Red Sox) $514,032  
2016 (with Boston Red Sox) $2,600,000  
2017 (with Boston Red Sox) $2,800,000  
2018 (with Boston Red Sox) $2,601,613  
2019 (with Los Angeles Dodgers) $3,000,000  
Total Earnings $13,352,645  

After his MLB debut in 2012, he earned $480,000 as a salary in his first season. In 2016, his salary increased to $2,600,000 and earned $2,800,000 in 2017. 

Who is Joe Kelly's Wife?

Joe Kelly has been married to Ashley Parks, the daughter of former Minnesota Twins catcher Derek Parks since November 2013. Shelby Miller served as a groomsman.

The two first met while attending the University of California, Riverside, and have been dating since then. Parks was a soccer player at Los Osos High School and was a cheerleading squad captain. She has currently working in the sales department for the Los Angeles Clippers since 2011. 

Joe Kelly with his wife and children SOURCE:

His wife PArks is also a close friend of David Beckham.

They have a son named Knox together. Kelly currently resides with his wife and child in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Joe Kelly's Early life and amateur career

Kelly was born on June 9, 1988, in Anaheim, California. He attended Corona High School in Corona, California. Later he attended the University of California, Riverside.

He played college baseball for the Highlanders team. He was an outfielder in school but switched the position to a pitcher in college and served as the closer. He was named Big West Conference pitcher in 2007 as a freshman.

After setting a Highlanders record with 24 career saves, he was named an All-American. His final career stats at UCR included a 4.65 ERA and an 8-11 record in 42 career games.

Professional career of Joe Kelly

Minor Leagues (2009-12)

Joe’s first professional team was the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League. He appeared in 16 games posting a 4.75 era with 30 strikeouts in 91/3 innings.

Kelly was used as a starting pitcher with the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits by the Cardinals in 2010 to get him more innings and develop his secondary pitches. That season, Kelly appeared in 26 games while registering 92 strikeouts and 45 walks with a 4.62 era and 6-8 record.

In 2011, Kelly appeared in 23 games combined and pitched 132 innings, recording 113 strikeouts and 59 walks, an 11-6 record and a 3.68 ERA. In 2012, he posted a 2.86 era in 12 games with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds and earned a call-up to the major league club.

St. Louis Cardinals (2012-2014)


On June 10, replacing the injured Jaime Gracia in the Cardinal's starting rotation, Kelly made his major league debut. He pitched seven innings in his MBL debut against the Cleveland Indians. Kelly impressed his team officials so much with his performance that they decided to keep him in the rotation.

For the 2012 Cardinals, he appeared in 24 games while compiling a 5-7 record, with a 3.53 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 107 innings pitched.

First MLB hit

On June 25, 2012, while playing against the Miami Marlins, Kelly acquired his first major league hit and ran bat. Kelly beat a ground ball for an infield hit that scored a run in his first major league hit and RBI, putting the Cardinals up 8-6.

Kelly’s played his first MLB postseason series at the 2012 National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals. The Cardinals then advanced to the 2012 NLCS against San Francisco Giants. Kelly played four matches in the series, pitching four innings.


In August, Kelly went 5-0 with a 2.08 era. He stranded 83.3% of baserunners as a reliever and 82% as a starter. During the 2013 Cardinals regular season, he had 37 appearances, recording a 10-5 and 2.69 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 124 matches pitched.

2013 postseason

Kelly made his first postseason on October 6 against the pirates in the 2013 National League Division Series. He also received a no-decision in game 3.

In-game 6, Kelly and Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke created a stir by engaging in a lengthy staredown. Kelly made his first World Series against the Boston Red Sox in game 3.


After defeating the Pirates, 6-1,  Kelly won his 2014 debut on April 5 despite allowing ten baserunners in 16/3 innings. He was on the injury list for most of the first half of games but was activated to face the Milwaukee Brewers on July 11.

In the 2014 season, Kelly appeared in seven games for the Cardinals, pitching 35 innings and compiling a 2-2 record with 4.37ERA before his trade to Boston.

Boston Red Sox (2014- 2018)

Kelly and first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig was traded to Boston Red Sox on July 31, 2014, for starting pitcher John Lackey and minor league pitcher Corey Littrell. In ten starts for Boston, during August and September, Kelly went 4-2 with 4.11 era while striking out 41 and yielding 32 walks in 119/3 innings.

Kelly began the 2015 season on the disabled list, and another teammate Dustin Pedroia. Brock Holt took his position. In his first 15 starts, he suffered through his worst season in the majors.  However, he won all six starts in August, including a 3-1 win over the New York on August 29, making him the first Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez to record six wins in one month. Kelly was shut down due to injury after September 15.

In the 2016 season, Kelly was placed on the disabled list on April 20. In his return on May 21, he took a no-hitter through 20/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians. Kelly ended the 2016 regular season with 20 MLB appearances with an era of 5.18 and a record of 4-0.  

In the 2016 American League Division Series, Kelly made three appearances. In the 2017 season, Kelly continued as a member of the Red Sox Bullpen. In the 2017 American League Division Series, Kelly pitched in two of the series four games, with one strikeout in 8/3 innings of scoreless relief.

In the 2018 early season, in April 11 game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, Kelly hit Tyler Austin with a pitch. On April 12, MLB suspected Kelly for six games and was fined an undisclosed amount. During his suspension, Kelly watched the game from the bleacher seats at Fenway Park. He was a hero in the Sox's 2018 brilliant early-season games and led the team to Game 4 of the 2018 World Series win.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On December 21, 2018, Kelly agreed on a three-year contract worth $27 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a $12 million option for a fourth year. 

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