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Jarred Kelenic

Jarred Robert Kelenic

Height: 6'1"    Weight: 190

Bats/Throws: Left / Left

Born: 07/16/1999 in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Acquired: In trade from the New York Mets, with Justin Dunn, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and Gerson Bautista, for Robinson Canó, Edwin Díaz, and cash (12/03/2018)

Salary: Not available

MLB Debut: 05/13/2021

Free Agent after: 2027 season

To the delight of many and the trepidation of some, Kelenic is here. The hottest of prospects, the Wisconsin native made his big-league debut in his third year of pro ball (not counting the minor-leagueless 2020), on May 13th, after a mere six games in Triple-A. Was it the right call? Was it premature? Depends on who you ask. Kelenic himself was convinced he should have been in the Major Leagues last year, opining that had he not turned down a six-year contract offer from the Mariners similar to the one Evan White signed, he would have been and he was being kept down for service-time manipulation reasons. That opinion was more or less confirmed by former team CEO Kevin Mather in the video address that got him fired last February, but there's still a legitimate school of thought that says rushing prospects to the Majors this quickly, even those as highly regarded as Kelenic, is foolhardy. As we've pointed out before, there are exceptions to the rule—your Alex Rodríguezes, your Bryce Harpers, your Mike Trouts, your Ken Griffey Jrs. Some guys really and truly have nothing to gain by putting in time in the high minors. Is Kelenic one of those guys? We'll find out soon.

Meanwhile, here Kelenic is playing for the Mariners, alongside fellow trade acquisition Justin Dunn, while the principal guy he was traded for is suspended for PED use. That, at least, we can all agree is something to smile about.

TH, 5/13/21