Jerry Del Priore
With the 2018 regular season coming to an end for the Kingsport Mets, who clinched an Appalachian League (R) playoff spot, New York Mets prospect outfielder Jarred Kelenic can be proud of his first professional season in the Mets’ minor league system.
After the Mets selected him in the first round (sixth overall) of this year’s MLB amateur draft, Kelenic went on to post very good numbers, rapping a .286 average, six home runs, 42 RBI, 10 doubles, and six triples with a slash line of .371/.468/.839. in 220 at-bats in 56 games.
Kelenic made rookie level pitching look pedestrian, getting off to monster start with the Gulf Coast Mets, batting .413 with a dinger, nine RBI, two two-baggers, and two triples while slashing .451/.609/1.060 in 46 at-bats in 12 tilts.
However, he initially cooled down with Kingsport before catching fire and slugging .410 with two long-balls and 14 RBI in his last 29 at-bats across ten contests to finish the campaign strong.
While the verdict is still out on the 19-year-old Wisconsin native, as several MLB draft experts feel he possessed the best overall skillset in the draft, there are plenty of indications to believe New York snagged a gem in Kelenic.
Let’s keep an on eye on this player.