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September 11, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Kelly, Bierd join AFL roster

As the minor league season winds down, the road will now continue for Casey Kelly and Randor Bierd. Both will be headed to Arizona to play in the Arizona Fall League, and having been added to the Mesa Solar Sox roster, where they will join the five Red Sox prospects already announced. Play is scheduled to begin October 13.

Kelly (pictured), who will be going as a shortstop, hit .222/.302/.340 with 3 home runs and 16 RBI in 162 at-bats between the GCL and Greenville. The number one ranked prospect in the Red Sox system by SoxProspects.com, the 19-year-old Kelly also went a combined 7-5 with a 2.08 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 95 innings split between Greenville and Salem earlier this season. Bierd, meanwhile, wore many hats for the Pawtucket pitching staff, appearing in 25 games - 7 of which were starts - and posting a 3-1 record with a 4.55 ERA, striking out 55 in 61.1 innings. The 25-year-old righthander was originally acquired for David Pauley in January.