Jarred Robert Kelenic (born July 16, 1999) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Seattle Mariners organization. He was drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft by the New York Mets.
|Born: July 16, 1999|
Kelenic attended Waukesha West High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 2016, he was named MVP of USA Baseball's U-18 team that won gold at the Pan American Games. He committed to play college baseball at the University of Louisville.
In July 2017, Kelenic participated in the High School Home Run Derby at Marlins Park. Later that month, he played in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game. He again played for Team USA in 2017 and won a gold medal for the second consecutive year.
Kelenic was considered one of the top prospects for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. He was drafted sixth overall by the New York Mets and signed with the team for $4.5 million. After signing with the Mets, Kelenic was assigned to the Rookie League Gulf Coast League Mets before being promoted to the Rookie League Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League in July. In 56 games between the two clubs, he slashed .286/.371/.468 with six home runs, 42 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases.
On December 3, 2018, the Mets traded Kelenic, Jay Bruce, Gerson Bautista, Justin Dunn and Anthony Swarzak to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Robinson Canó, Edwin Díaz, and $20 million. He began 2019 with the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League. Kelenic was promoted to the Modesto Nuts of the Class A-Advanced California League in May. Kelenic was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game. In August, he was promoted to the Arkansas Travelers. Over 117 games between the three clubs, he slashed .291/.364/.540 with 23 home runs, 68 RBIs, and twenty stolen bases. He was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas following the season.
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