The Seattle Mariners have one of the most exciting farm systems in all of baseball. The group is headed by one of the top five prospects in baseball, Jarred Kelenic.
We all know that he is supposed to be good. Possibly even special. Players who end up at the top of the prospect lists are supposed to be long-time major leaguers. Just how good can Jarred Kelenic be though? It’s a spot that we don’t always think about when looking at prospects. Yeah, we hope that they are good, and good for a long time. What kind of career numbers are they going to put up, though?
Before you start looking at comps, you need to look at the type of player that Kelenic could be. Knocking on wood, but he is sort of everything you want in a center fielder. Good defense, a high average, solid power, and good speed as well. He’s feisty as well, ready to get up into the Show and prove himself.
Well, let’s try and get a better handle on it by looking at some realistic player comps for him, both for ceiling, median, and floor comps. We are tossing out the possibility that he ends up as a bust, because no one wants to think about that, and it just isn’t that fun to write or read about either. What’s a realistic floor to think about, career-wise? If things go decent for him, where could he end up? Finally, if he ends up being everything we want, how good could he actually be?