The 2021 Mariners Spring Training was exciting for many reasons, and seeing Jarred Kelenic on the field was one of the big reasons why. The Mariners’ #1 prospect and the MLB’s #4 prospect saw lots of time in Arizona and he was impressive, to say the least.
Although our focus is on the Mariners regular season, let’s quickly reflect on Jarred Kelenic’s Cactus League.
Jarred Kelenic at Mariners Spring Training
Although Kelenic was sidelined with a knee injury for a short while, he still played in 10 Cactus League games and showed fans what he is all about. He led the team in OPS, ISO, BB to K rate, and had the lowest strikeout percentage. The 21-year-old finished camp with a .300 BA, a .440 OBP, and a 1.140 OPS.
Jarred Kelenic showed us his plus power
On MLB.com, Kelenic has a 60-grade power on his report card. We got a glimpse of his power bat during last year’s alternate training site but we were lucky enough to witness it this Spring as well. The prospect hit two home runs in March.
The Mariners outfielder showed us his natural hitting ability
There are a few things that really stood out to me from his stat line. One of them was his excellent discipline at the plate. The former first-round pick walked four times in 25 plate appearances and only struck out once. For comparison, Taylor Trammell struck out 17 times in 51 plate appearances. Although it’s a small sample size and from Spring Training, I still think it is a good representation of his 65-grade hitting he has been given by scouts.
Jarred Kelenic also showed off his athleticism
The former Mets draft pick didn’t steal any bases but he showed his speed in other ways. If I remember correctly, Kelenic used his speed to beat out a single and turned a single into a double.
Overall, it was a great Spring Training and I can’t wait to see him playing in T-Mobile-Park this season.