Kelenic probably won't debut in the majors this season, Lauren Smith of The News Tribune reports. "He's gong to be fun to watch in a Mariner uniform for a long time, but oftentimes you see players that do get rushed through a little bit, and they can really take a step backwards, and we don't want to do that with Jarred," manager Scott Servais said last week. "We want to make sure the time is right for him and for us, and then go forward and never have to look back again." This has been the Mariners' refrain all through camp, despite the fact that Kelenic might already be the team's best hitter. It's hard to defend this stance if the goal is to win games and if playing time is a meritocracy. As a non-contender, the Mariners are not in a hurry to start Kelenic's clock, and they would also like to give as many reps to Kyle Lewis and Jake Fraley as they can this season so that they can figure out who profiles as part of their long-term outfield next to Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez. It would be unwise to take what the team is saying as gospel, but drafting Kelenic in redraft leagues is simply a shot in the dark at this point.
Kelenic slugged two home runs in Monday's intrasquad game and added an RBI single in Tuesday's contest, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The Mariners have already gone on record as saying they plan on resisting the temptation to have Kelenic make his big-league debut in the shortened 2020 season; however, the 20-year-old is testing the organization's commitment to that pledge with his red-hot start to summer camp. Factoring in Tuesday's production, Kelenic is 5-for-8 across four intrasquad games, but he's still projected to head to the team's alternate training site for continued development once the regular season begins.
Kelenic went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a stolen base in his intrasquad debut Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The 20-year-old faced his 2019 Double-A Arkansas teammate Logan Gilbert and helped produce his side's one run against him. Kelenic drew a second-inning walk from the right-hander and promptly swiped second base, subsequently scoring on Donovan Walton's double. Kelenic is still expected to be off the active roster this coming season, but given his status as one of the organization's top prospects, manager Scott Servais plans on affording him plenty of reps during the duration of summer camp.
There is "essentially little to no chance" Kelenic reaches the majors this season, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports. This is all uncharted territory, and in the midst of a pandemic, it's tough to say that a player of Kelenic's talent has no chance of reaching the majors this season. However, Brock reports that the team thinks Kelenic and its other top prospects can get the necessary development at their satellite camp this summer. Kelenic hit a home run during live batting practice Tuesday, the video of which went viral, so there is understandably a lot of excitement surrounding the young outfielder. However, it would be unwise to expect him to play enough in the majors this season to warrant an investment in redraft leagues.
Kelenic appears to have put on additional muscle while spring training was shut down, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. 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.