The Mariners are anticipated to advertise star outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN reviews. The plan is for Kelenic to be up for the start of the Mariners’ collection in opposition to the Indians.
That is much-anticipated information for the Mariners and their followers, because the 21-year-old has carried out nothing however thrive within the minors since they acquired him from the Mets within the pre-2019 Edwin Diaz/Robinson Cano blockbuster. The Mets used the sixth general choose within the 2018 draft on Kelenic, who has since batted an outstanding .294/.370/.523 with 31 residence runs in 771 minor league plate appearances. He’s off to a blinding .444/.500/.778 begin with two residence runs in his first 20 Triple-A plate appearances this yr.
The Mariners determined to not promote Kelenic firstly of this season, owing partly to a need to get him some work in Triple-A ball and the left knee pressure he suffered in the course of the spring. Service time additionally appeared to play some position in it, as then-CEO Kevin Mather revealed in February the crew supplied Kelenic a contract extension. Mather went on to suggest that Kelenic wasn’t going to crack their Opening Day roster after he rejected the M’s provide, however he’d be up by the tip of April. By then, the Mariners would have secured an additional yr of management over Kelenic. Mather’s feedback set off a firestorm, main agent Brodie Scoffield to say it was “made crystal clear to Jarred” he’d have already been within the majors had he taken the extension. Mather resigned his place after his statements got here to gentle.
Normal supervisor Jerry Dipoto suggested final week that Kelenic was nearing a call-up to the bigs, and the hope is that he’ll present an instantaneous spark for his or her offense. The Mariners have struggled not too long ago, having dropped to 18-17 after a 12-7 begin, and their offense ranks beneath common in each runs scored (nineteenth) and wRC+ (twenty second). Kelenic, for his half, “is an elite younger hitter who initiatives to be an offensive power,” in keeping with Baseball America, which considers him the game’s fourth-best prospect. Different retailers similar to ESPN (No. 3), The Athletic (No. 4), MLB.com (No. 4) and FanGraphs (No. 5) are equally bullish on Kelenic.
Now that he’s coming to the bigs, Kelenic will play a outstanding position in a Seattle outfield that has acquired high quality manufacturing from regulars Kyle Lewis, the 2020 AL Rookie of the 12 months, in addition to Mitch Haniger. Kelenic ought to mix with these two to kind an thrilling trio within the current, whereas Seattle additionally has one other high-end outfield prospect, Julio Rodriguez, ready within the minor league wings.
The timing of Kelenic’s promotion places him on observe for Tremendous Two standing, that means he’d be eligible for arbitration on 4 events. The Mariners are additionally slated to have management over Kelenic by way of the 2027 marketing campaign.
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