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.
Kelenic is part of the Mariners' player pool that will report to summer camp, as expected, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The move was fully anticipated, considering Kelenic's status as an elite prospect in the organization. The 20-year-old isn't on the 40-man roster, and his chances of actually seeing big-league action at some point in 2020 remain up in the air. However, Kelenic is essentially assured of a spot in the pool of up to 30 non-active-roster players that will train in a separate location throughout the season, as inclusion in that group will ensure he continues his professional development through intrasquad games and other baseball activities.
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.
Given the unique circumstances, each team will get a taxi squad, and it has been rumored that members of the taxi squad will not accumulate major-league service time. With that, the Mariners will likely use Kelenic and their other elite prospects -- Julio Rodriguez, Cal Raleigh, Logan Gilbert, George Kirby, Emerson Hancock -- as part of the group, allowing them to work out with the big-league club and making them eligible to be added to the roster if needed.
Kelenic is unlikely to see his first major-league action this season despite the likelihood of expanded rosters, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
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 where there will be considerably fewer games than usual and in which the Mariners are unlikely to compete.
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.
The ultra-talented rookie possesses an impressive work ethic to go along with his elite skills, which is evident by how diligent he's being about keeping himself prepared. Laker also took note of how confident Kelenic was during his time in big-league camp before spring training was suspended. The 20-year-old's Cactus League numbers -- .231 (6-for-26), one double, one home run, two RBI, two walks and four runs -- don't necessarily jump off the page in a vacuum, but in the context of a player whose highest minors exposure to date is the 21 games he played at Double-A Arkansas last year, they're certainly serviceable. Kelenic is slated to eventually start the 2020 season with the Travelers, but if his developmental curve remains as brisk as it's been in his first two professional seasons, he could be at Triple-A Tacoma before the end of the campaign.
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.
Like he's seemingly done at every stop in his nascent professional career, the ultra-talented prospect is making very good use of his current opportunity, laying the groundwork for a potential callup later in the season with an impressive showing against big-league arms thus far. Greg Johns of MLB.com reports Kelenic's on-field success is a byproduct of his diligent pregame preparation, which has already caught the eye of manager Scott Servais and helped lead to the 20-year-old phenom accurately predicting he would leave the yard if he saw a fastball from Rockies reliever Alexander Guillen. "He said he was going to hit a home run if the guy threw him a fastball, which he did," Servais said. "So he was pretty excited about it. ...He certainly got all of that one."
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.
The 20-year-old prodigy has rocketed up the organizational ladder in just two years, already reaching Double-A Arkansas for the final 21 games last season. Kelenic slashed a respectable .253/.315/.542 across 92 plate appearances with the Travelers, and he's likely to start the 2020 campaign at that level. However, if Kelenic continues to demonstrate the same accelerated development curve early in the season, a prompt promotion to Triple-A Tacoma at minimum would appear to be all but a certainty.
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.
Kelenic's time in the Arizona Fall League came to an early end after he experienced back stiffness, but he reported to spring training at full strength. The prized 20-year-old prospect came off the bench in the Mariners' Cactus League opener Sunday against the Rangers, going 1-for-1 with a double, walk and two runs. He'll now get the chance to make his first start of the spring, and the outfielder should be in store for a fair amount of at-bats during camp before likely reporting to Double-A Arkansas or Triple-A Tacoma to begin the campaign. If Kelenic can hold his own against higher-level competition, he'll be a candidate for a promotion to the majors at some point in 2020.
Kelenic (back) was shut down as a precaution in the Arizona Fall League, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The Mariners decided to remove Kelenic from their AFL roster despite the fact that his injury isn't considered serious. In 119 games played in the minors this season, the 20-year-old hit 23 home runs with 68 RBI while recording a .289/.363/.533 slash line. Kelenic is expected to be ready for spring training next season.
Kelenic has most recently missed time in the Arizona Fall League due to mild back stiffness, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Kelenic has been limited thus far to just three AFL games, first on account of having his wisdom teeth extracted before the back issue forced him to miss additional time. The fact that the Mariners have declined to rule him out for the rest of AFL play supports the notion that the back injury is minor and nothing that will jeopardize his availability for spring training.
Kelenic will miss the first five days or so of the Arizona Fall League after having his wisdom teeth removed, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
AFL play is kicking off Thursday but Kelenic will not make his debut until sometime next week.
Kelenic has received an invitation to play for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Kelenic was one of eight players from the Mariners' organization to be named to the invite-only league, which begins play Sept. 18. The 20-year-old outfielder is slashing .242/.309/.484 over his first 16 games at Double-A Arkansas, but he's enjoyed a highly successful minor-league campaign that began at Low-A West Virginia. Kelenic is projected to remain with the Travelers to begin the 2020 season, but a relatively quick transition to Triple-A Tacoma wouldn't surprise given the promising prospect's meteoric rise through the organization thus far.
Kelenic went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Double-A Arkansas' win over Amarillo on Friday.
The breakout night brought Kelenic's line to .283/.353/.609 over his first 51 plate appearances with the Travelers. The 20-year-old's meteoric rise through the Mariners' organizational ranks has seen him vault all the way up from Low-A West Virginia to his current stop this season, and he appears set to build some momentum for a possible promotion to Triple-A Tacoma fairly early into 2020.
Kelenic was promoted to Double-A Arkansas on Saturday.
This has been quite a season for Kelenic, who turned 20 on July 16. He hit .300/.375/.539 with 17 home runs, 17 steals (on 24 attempts) and a 94:42 K:BB in 96 games between Low-A and High-A. That stolen-base total oversells his realistic upside in that category in the big leagues, but his bat will carry the day.
Kelenic went 3-for-5 with three doubles, two RBI and a run in High-A Modesto's win over Stockton on Wednesday, his second game back from the injured list.
Kelenic went 0-for-3 with a walk Tuesday in his first game back from a week-long IL stay due to an ankle issue. However, he quickly reverted to his productive ways in Wednesday's contest, pushing his doubles tally to an impressive 24 for the season with his trio of two-baggers. Kelenic is holding his own in his first exposure to High-A pitching since a promotion from Low-A West Virginia on May 28, slashing .259/.333/.466 with four home runs and 16 RBI across 32 games with the Nuts despite also having dealt with a wrist injury shortly after arriving.
High-A Modesto placed Kelenic on its 7-day injured list Wednesday with a left ankle injury, Daren Smith of MiLB.com reports.
Kelenic tweaked the ankle while legging out a double in Monday's 10-6 loss to Inland Empire. The outfield prospect appeared to be in considerable pain when he was being examined by Modesto's trainer but was able to walk off the field. Kelenic, who previously spent two weeks on the IL in June with a wrist injury, is slashing .250/.325/.444 with four home runs and a 6-for-8 success rate on stolen-base attempts in 30 games with Modesto since his promotion in late May.
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