Posted: 2:27 pm Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Former Trinity Christian pitcher Adaric Kelly signs with Toronto Blue Jays 

By Matt Porter

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 17, 6:12 p.m.

Adaric Kelly was a huge part of Trinity Christian’s success the past couple years. Now, he’s taking his first step toward The Show.

The righthanded starter, The Post‘s 2009 Small Schools Player of the Year, signed a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays instead of playing college ball.

“I’m excited, very excited,” said Kelly, speaking from his hometown of St. Nicholas, Aruba. “I think I’m mentally ready for it. I made the right decision.”

Toronto chose him in the 28th round (846th overall) of June’s MLB draft. He was committed to Bethune Cookman, but he said the Blue Jays offered enough money and showed enough interest to sway him.

“They wanted me to come play for them,” said Kelly, who is spending the summer in Aruba. “I was still thinking about college, but they wanted me to become a part of their system.”

Kelly said his advisor, Francis Marquez of All Star Group, reached a deal with the Jays “right at 11:59″ last night. Midnight was the deadline for MLB teams to sign their 2010 draftees.

After he secures a visa, Kelly will report to the Gulf Coast Blue Jays, Toronto’s Rookie League affiliate, and pitch in the fall instructional league.

Kelly said his offseason goals are to work on his stamina, and be more consistent with the two changeups in his arsenal.

Other draft news of note: Jupiter pitcher Mark Donham said in June he’d like to sign with the Red Sox, who drafted him in the 33rd round. Instead, he’ll pitch for Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. … Boca Raton’s Alex Gonzalez, an 11th-round pick by the Orioles, will pitch for Oral Roberts University next season.

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