Nebraska second baseman Pat Kelly announced on Tuesday morning that he will forego his senior season at Nebraska and instead sign a professional baseball contract with the Minnesota Twins.
A native of Red Wing, Minn., Kelly was selected last Saturday in the 12th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by his home state Twins.
A three-time All-Big Ten performer and two-time first-team selection, Kelly has led the Huskers in hits each of the past two seasons. He ends his three-year career ranked 20th in school history with 212 career hits. A career .319 hitter, Kelly roped 28 doubles, four triples, 14 home run and drove in 125 runs. Kelly started Nebraska’s last 135 games and was one of the top defenders in the nation.
“I’m going to miss playing in front of the greatest fans in college baseball and the memories I made at Hawks Field will be something I’ll never forget.”