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Kelly enjoying big-league camp

Updated: February 24, 2010, 1:35 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitching prospect Casey Kelly has quickly settled into his first big-league camp.

The 20-year-old right-hander is one of the organization's top prospects after being selected No. 30 overall in the 2008 draft.

"It takes a little while to get used to. Every day you get more comfortable," he said. "The first day you walk in here and see some of the guys in your locker row, guys like Josh Beckett and John Lackey, it's definitely an eye-opening experience."

Not that Kelly expected anything less, but he's been blown away by how comfortable the entire team has made him feel this spring.

"Everybody has been real nice. They've all introduced themselves like you don't know who they are, but obviously you do. I'm just trying to learn as much as possible and soak everything in."

The other aspect of camp for Kelly is the fact the one-time shortstop/pitcher only has to concentrate on his mound work. Kelly and the organization finally decided during the offseason that his talents and athleticism would best be served as a pitcher.

"It's strange, but at the same time it's nice," he said. "I don't have to worry about people asking me, 'So, are you going to play shortstop or pitch?' Now I can just focus on one position and it makes it a lot easier for my workouts."

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox and Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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