LINCOLN — Former Nebraska second baseman Pat Kelly is returning to Haymarket Park. The Lincoln Saltdogs announced Kelly's signing Wednesday.
Kelly was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten performer with the Huskers during his three-year career. As a freshman in 2012, he hit eight home runs (the most by an NU freshman in 12 years) and batted .364 with runners in scoring position — earning himself a spot on several national All-America lists. Kelly ended his career in 2014 ranked 20th in school history with 212 hits.
The Minnesota Twins drafted Kelly in the 12th round of the 2014 MLB draft and the Red Wing, Minn., native decided to forgo his senior year.
Kelly batted .242 with a .290 on-base percentage in 39 games at the rookie ball level in 2014. He spent all of 2015 with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Twins' Class A affiliate. Kelly hit .220, launched three home runs and drove in 30 RBIs. But the Kernels released Kelly this week.
The Saltdogs' season opens in late-May.