Joe Kelch
Joe Kelch

RS Sophomore

East Peoria, Ill.

High School:
East Peoria Community

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 170






Redbirds Walk-Off Twice To Take Valley-Opening Series Vs. Bradley

Illinois State has now won six-straight games and are 10-games over .500.


DeJong Blasts Two Home Runs To Power Redbirds To 11-3 Victory

Illinois State is now a season-best five games over .500.


Redbirds Open RussMatt Central Florida Invitational With 13-4 Win Over LIU

Illinois State clubbed nine extra-base hits in the win.


Redbirds Battle North Dakota, Central Arkansas In Four-Game Set

Illinois State enters play with a 4-2 overall record.


Kelch Blasts Four Hits, Redbirds Sweep Doubleheader at Arkansas State

Illinois State collected 23 hits in the two-game sweep.

2013:Appeared in 24 games, making 10 starts as an infielder ... batted .195/.327/.220 with one double and two RBI ... was 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts ... scored five runs ... tallied a career-best two-hit game versus Eastern Illinois (3/23) ... delivered a pinch-hit, game-tying RBI-single at Bradley (4/27) in a come-from-behind Valley win.


East Peoria Community High School:Four-year starter ... as a senior team captain of the baseball team, batted .425 with four home runs, 35 walks and 27 stolen bases ... earned all-state, all-area, All-Mid Illini Conference and team-MVP honors ... as a junior captain, hit .536 with six home runs, 27 doubles and a school-record 35 stolen bases ... also received all-state, all-area, All-Mid Illini Conference and team-MVP accolades ... helped East Peoria to the 2010 conference championship ... as a sophomore captain, batted .526 with four home runs, 15 doubles and 27 stolen bases ... earned second-team all-area, All-Mid Illini Conference and team-MVP honors ... helped the Raiders to the 2009 conference title ... as a freshman, hit .360 with two home runs and 25 stolen bases ... also a four-year member of the basketball team and two-time all-conference selection ... set the school record for most three-point field goals ... earned a spot on East Peoria's honor roll.

Personal: Born 9-4-92 in Peoria, Ill. ... son of Ron and Lisa Kelch ... has one sister, Katie ... father, Ron, coaches basketball at East Peoria Community High School ... uncle, Jim Kelch, is a broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds ... major: Physical Education