Dustin Pedroia hit .255 when he got to Pawtucket halfway through the 2005 season. Daniel Bard got rocked as a starter for Single A Greenville in 2007, posting a 6.42 earned run average.
Once you become a successful player in the majors, that one rough year you may have had in the minors is quickly forgotten. In the end, it was just part of the process.
For Casey Kelly, that's what this season looked like through the first three months. But the 20-year-old righthander is starting to show just how good he can be.
Kelly allowed one run over six innings against New Hampshire last night, striking out eight and walking one. He is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in his last three starts.
Kelly has thrown 85.1 innings, 9.2 shy of what he did last season. The Red Sox have him lined up perfectly to probably throw 130 or so this season. In the end, Kelly likely will have accomplished exactly what the Sox hoped he would.