Seattle Mariners All-Dipoto Acquisition Team: Starting Outfielders
By Ty Gonzalez
CF JARRED KELENIC
Well, here’s the biggest leap of faith we’re going to take with this team. Jarred Kelenic has just 92 plate appearances above High-A ball, yet we’re running him out there not just to start for our team, but play perhaps the most important position on the entire field.
We felt that you simply couldn’t make an All-Dipoto Acquisition team without the cornerstone of a trade that’s lining up to be a career-defining move for Jerry Dipoto and one that may alter the course of the entire Mariners organization for the better. And while it’s valid to question Kelenic’s ability to transition to the Majors at this point in time in his development as a hitter, we believe that he could properly handle the defensive duties of an MLB center fielder today.
We also wanted to add some more pop to our lineup and even if Kelenic were to struggle at the plate overall, we feel confident in saying he could still put a few balls over the wall for us. In constructing this roster, the risk looks worth taking and it could end up with us adding some star power to a lineup that looks average at best at the moment. But don’t worry, there’s some more firepower on the way.