Have you heard of the Seattle Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic? I sure hope so. If you aren’t a Mariners fan and are unaware of Kelenic, I would make sure you get familiar with him. The Wisconsin native is the next generation of baseball and he proved it yesterday.
Jarred Kelenic’s Triple-A debut
The Tacoma Rainiers opened the season at home last night against the El Pase Chihuahuas and lost 7-6 in extra innings. Although Kelenic wasn’t able to lead the team to an opening day victory, Kelenic had two big swings.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Kelenic was given the green light on a 3-0 count and hit a high fastball over the right-field wall. The home run wasn’t your typical home run with a lot of hang time, it was an absolute laser that got out in a matter of seconds.
His two-out solo home run was the first run of the season for the Rainiers and it broke the 0-0 deadlock. Jarred Kelenic was fired up and didn’t hold back his emotions while rounding the bases, which was awesome to see.
Later in the bottom of the seventh, Kelenic hit another homer almost in the same exact spot. This time, he sat back on a low 1-1 breaking ball and it was a beauty. A cool fact from Mariners player development, Luis Robert was the last player to hit two home runs in his Triple-A debut.
If this doesn’t excite you about the Mariners future, I don’t know what to say. There are rumors that the top prospect will be called up later this month, but it could be sooner rather than later.
Based on what we have seen, read, and heard, Kelenic might be able to make an immediate impact once he is called up. Cody Bellinger made an immediate impact on the Dodgers offense back in 2017 after being called up.
He went on to make the All-Star team, win Rookie of the Year, and finished ninth in MVP voting. I think Jarred Kelenic has a chance to be as good as Bellinger was during his rookie season.
With all that being said, it’s time to join the Jarred Kelenic hype train. He is legit, and it’s not too late to grab your friends and invite them to the Mariners bandwagon.