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Hoyer takes in Kelly's Double-A start

Hoyer takes in Kelly's Double-A start

Hoyer takes in Kelly's Double-A start
HOUSTON -- Padres general manager Jed Hoyer spent three days watching the club's Double-A affiliate in San Antonio before returning to Houston for Sunday's game against the Astros.

On Friday, Hoyer watched the Padres' top prospect, right-hander Casey Kelly, in his first home start for the Missions.

Kelly allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts in six innings in a no-decision against Northwest Arkansas.

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Kelly, who was one of four players the Padres acquired from the Red Sox in the winter trade that sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, got 13 ground-ball outs in the game.

"He threw the ball well and got a lot of ground balls. He's still got a lot to work on but there's a lot to like," Hoyer said. "He knows what he has to do."

After two starts this season, the 21-year-old has a 3.48 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. Opposing teams are hitting .211 against him.

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