Jarred Kelenic
20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kelenic has lived up to his billing as the top prep hitter from the 2018 draft, and after climbing from Low-A to Double-A in his first full season, he will soon be knocking on the door of the majors. Acquired from the Mets in last offseason's Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade, Kelenic was supposed to be an average runner with a hit-over-power profile, but he seems faster (20-for-27 on SB attempts) and more intent on pulling the ball out to right field. His 17.9 LD% and 52.2 Pull% at Double-A would be concerning marks if it weren't his third level of his age-19/20 season. Still, it is worth tracking how he performs against upper-level pitching now that he can't just hunt fastballs in hitter's counts. A back injury limited him to three games in the Arizona Fall League. The Mariners had an overly aggressive promotion schedule for him last year and there's no reason to expect that to stop in 2020 if he performs. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Mets in June of 2018 that includes a $4.5 million signing bonus. Traded to the Mariners in June of 2018.
Impresses with additional bulk
OFSeattle Mariners
July 4, 2020
Kelenic appears to have put on additional muscle while spring training was shut down, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The elite prospect has already raised plenty of expectations, so news that he's rounding out into even better shape only whets the appetite to see him face big-league arms sooner rather than later. However, it remains to be seen if Kelenic will have a legitimate opportunity to make the jump during the shortened 2020 season, as the move may not be worth it for the Mariners over the long term because of service-time considerations.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Mets cashed out Kelenic before his full-season debut -- if they had not, Seattle reportedly would not have included Edwin Diaz in the deal. Through 12 games in the GCL, he looked like the best player from the 2018 draft. That production was unsustainable (.514 BABIP, 58.3 Pull%), but it made him the talk of the prospect community. The No. 6 overall pick was promoted to the Appy League, where his production normalized and we got a better sense of his true talent. He showed plus speed (11-for-12 on SB attempts), hit for power (.178 ISO) and demonstrated a good handle of the strike zone (11.0 BB%, 19.5 K%). The rep on Kelenic coming into the draft was that he may be the best prep hitter in the class. He had reverse splits (.256/.340/.426 in 200 PA vs. RHP, .409/.490/.636 in 51 PA vs. LHP), which will be something to track at Low-A. Using the whole field more often will allow him to reach his ceiling as a five-category OF2.
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Officially in player pool
OFSeattle Mariners
June 29, 2020
Kelenic is part of the Mariners' player pool that will report to summer camp, as expected, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Likely to be on taxi squad
OFSeattle Mariners
June 24, 2020
Mariners CEO John Stanton said Wednesday that he expects Kelenic to be on the 30-man taxi squad this year, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Unlikely to make debut in '20
OFSeattle Mariners
May 12, 2020
Kelenic is unlikely to see his first major-league action this season despite the likelihood of expanded rosters, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
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Getting work in during layoff
OFSeattle Mariners
April 8, 2020
Hitting coach Tim Laker relays Kelenic has access to a full indoor training facility in Wisconsin while play is suspended and is therefore getting live batting practice sessions in, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Knocks first spring homer
OFSeattle Mariners
March 3, 2020
Kelenic, who went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in a Cactus League loss to the Rockies on Monday, is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with a double, Monday's homer and two RBI, two walks and four runs across his first seven spring games.
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