Jarred Kelenic
20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Seattle Mariners AA
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.
Unlikely to make debut in '20
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
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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It appears increasingly likely that if the 2020 regular season is played in some form, it will include significantly expanded rosters. However, Kelenic, who's yet to play at the Triple-A level, isn't ready to face big-league pitching, although Brock notes that may not have been the case had the 20-year-old been afforded the chance to play a full minor-league season before potentially receiving a September promotion. Another factor that would likely discourage the organization from pushing Kelenic into a 2020 debut is the fact it would allow him to start accumulating service time in a season in which there will be considerably fewer games than usual and in which the Mariners are unlikely to compete.
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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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Getting work in during layoff
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
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  AA
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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Impressing in early action
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
February 27, 2020
Kelenic, who went 1-for-3 in a Cactus League loss to the Giants on Thursday, is hitting .429 (3-for-7) thus far this spring, reaching safely in five of his first nine plate appearances.
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Gets first start of spring
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
February 25, 2020
Kelenic (back) will start in right field and bat sixth in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Brewers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Shut down in AFL
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
Back
October 10, 2019
Kelenic (back) was shut down as a precaution in the Arizona Fall League, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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