Jarred Kelenic

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Jarred Kelenic
Seattle Mariners – No. 10
Born: (1999-07-16) July 16, 1999 (age 21)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Jarred Robert Kelenic (/ˈkɛlnɪk/ KEL-nik;[1] born July 16, 1999) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Seattle Mariners organization. He was drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft by the New York Mets.


Kelenic attended Waukesha West High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 2016, he was named MVP of USA Baseball's U-18 team that won gold at the Pan American Games.[2][3][4] He committed to play college baseball at the University of Louisville.[5]

In July 2017, Kelenic participated in the High School Home Run Derby at Marlins Park.[6] Later that month, he played in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game.[7] He again played for Team USA in 2017 and won a gold medal for the second consecutive year.

Kelenic was considered one of the top prospects for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.[8][9] He was drafted sixth overall by the New York Mets and signed with the team for $4.5 million.[10] After signing with the Mets, Kelenic was assigned to the Rookie League Gulf Coast League Mets[11] before being promoted to the Rookie League Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League in July. In 56 games between the two clubs, he slashed .286/.371/.468 with six home runs, 42 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases.[12]

On December 3, 2018, the Mets traded Kelenic, Jay Bruce, Gerson Bautista, Justin Dunn and Anthony Swarzak to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Robinson Canó, Edwin Díaz, and $20 million.[13] He began 2019 with the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League.[14] Kelenic was promoted to the Modesto Nuts of the Class A-Advanced California League in May.[15] Kelenic was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game.[16] In August, he was promoted to the Arkansas Travelers.[17] Over 117 games between the three clubs, he slashed .291/.364/.540 with 23 home runs, 68 RBIs, and twenty stolen bases.[18] He was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas following the season.[19] Kelenic did not appear in a minor league game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and spent the summer at Seattle's training camp.[20]

Service time[edit]

In 2021, Kelenic stated that the Mariners had kept him in the minor leagues during the 2020 season because he had refused to sign an extension. His comments occurred after a video of Mariners CEO Kevin Mather speaking to a rotary club was posted online. Mather indicated that Kelenic and Mariners prospect Logan Gilbert would start the 2021 season in the minor leagues, keeping them under team control for an extra year before free agency.[21] After the comments became public, Kelenic said that the Mariners had offered him a contract extension and had told him multiple times that he would have appeared with the major league team in 2020 if he had signed it. Instead, Kelenic spent the 2020 season at the team's alternate training site. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said that Kelenic was not yet ready to play on the major league team.[22][23]

The Major League Baseball Players Association may file a grievance against the Mariners over this incident.[22]


  1. ^ Jude, Adam. "A bromance blooms between Mariners prospects Julio Rodriguez, Jarred Kelenic," The Seattle Times, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2021
  2. ^ Radcliffe, JR (October 23, 2016). "After gold-medal performance, Waukesha's Kelenic continues rapid rise". Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee, WI. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Radcliffe, JR (October 10, 2016). "Waukesha's Jarred Kelenic wins gold with Team USA baseball squad". Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee, WI. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Radcliffe, JR (June 27, 2016). "Waukesha West's Jarred Kelenic makes cut for Team USA U18 baseball team". archive.jsonline.com. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Jarred Kelenic". Perfectgame.org. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  6. ^ Radcliffe, JR (July 10, 2017). "Waukesha West's Kelenic appears in high-school home run derby at All-Star Game in Miami". Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee, WI. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Radcliffe, JR (March 21, 2017). "Nine players invited to Under Armour All-America Game for baseball". USA Today. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 MLB Draft prospects at Chicago PDP". MLB.com.
  9. ^ "MLB.com 2018 Prospect Watch". MLB.com. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  10. ^ Todd, Jeff (June 8, 2018). "Mets Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Jarred Kelenic". MLB Trade Rumors.
  11. ^ Healey, Tim (June 15, 2018). "Jarred Kelenic, Mets' No. 1 draft pick, signs pro contract". Newsday. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Jarred Kelenic Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Divish, Ryan (December 3, 2018). "It's official: Mariners trade Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz to the Mets in blockbuster seven-player swap". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Redd, Derek (April 2, 2019). "West Virginia Power: Outfielder Jarred Kelenic ready to meet lofty expectations". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  15. ^ Hight, Brian (May 31, 2019). "Seattle Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic promoted". OregonLive.com. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  16. ^ Jim Callis (June 28, 2019). "Here are the 2019 Futures Game rosters". MLB.com. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  17. ^ https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/mariners/mariners-promote-top-prospect-jarred-kelenic-to-class-aa-arkansas/
  18. ^ https://sports.mynorthwest.com/1318961/should-mariners-jarred-kelenic-debut-opening-day/
  19. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/2019-arizona-fall-league-rosters
  20. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/jarred-kelenic-confident-in-abilities
  21. ^ Red, Christian (February 22, 2021). "Kevin Mather's Remarks About Mariners Prospect Jarred Kelenic Spotlight Lingering Problem In Baseball". Forbes. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  22. ^ a b Nightengale, Bob (February 24, 2021). "Seattle Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic says team is punishing him for refusing to sign contract extension". USA Today. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  23. ^ "Prospect Jarred Kelenic says his service time being manipulated by Seattle Mariners". ESPN. February 24, 2021. Retrieved February 27, 2021.

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