By Jerry Del Priore
MLB draft insiders considered outfielder Jarred Kelenic to be one of the tooliest players in the 2018 class before the New York Mets selected him in the first round (sixth overall).
That could be the case, as Kelenic is rapping .464 (13-28) with a double, two triples, four RBI and two walks to go along with a slash line of .500/.643/1.143 in seven games with the rookie-level Gulf coast Mets. The only thing missing from his short pro resume is his first pro home run, which should come in due course.
While it’s a small size for the soon-to-be 19-year-old thus far, it will be interesting to see how New York will progress with the six-foot-one, 196-pounder’s development if he continues to tear it up in rookie ball.
A nice second stop for the Wisconsinite would be with the short-season Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones, where the team draws well, and is filled with passionate fans.
With a higher-pressure, higher-expectation environment in Brooklyn, if Kelenic produces there, and stays healthy, the Mets could conceivable fast track him to Flushing, Queens, over the next two years or so.
A future possible starting outfield of Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Kelenic could yield positive interesting results for the Amazin’ Mets.