We were hyped to see Jarred Kelenic wearing a Seattle Mariners uniform, but that excitement quickly diminished. Fans became impatient and frustrated with the 21-year-olds struggles. Kelenic hit .096 and posted a -0.7 WAR in the 23 games he played for the Mariners.
It was clear that he needed more work in the minors and the team did the right thing by sending him down. The Seattle Mariners prospect is currently in Tacoma and contrary to what most fans were hoping for, Jarred Kelenic has struggled in Triple-A.
Seattle Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic is underperforming for the Tacoma Rainiers
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Since being demoted to the Tacoma Rainiers in early June, Kelenic has now played in 12 games. In those games, he has recorded 10 hits, which equals out to a .204 batting average. The top prospect also owns a .268 OBP and .429 SLG since rejoining the Rainiers.
Despite his recent struggles of hitting his way on, Jarred Kelenic has hit three home runs and two doubles. The outfielder has also stolen three bases and struck out 10 times, which isn’t terrible.
When you put his stats together from earlier in the year and this month, Kelenic now has a .263 batting average with the Tacoma Rainiers, five home runs, five stolen bases, a .318 OBP, and a .818 OPS.
Does this mean we should panic about Jarred Kelenic?
No, of course not. This article was meant to just be an update on Jarred and how he’s been doing since rejoining the Rainiers. I think many of us were expecting him to light it up because a lot of players were raking in Tacoma after being demoted. But for the young outfielder, that is not the case.
Again, there shouldn’t be much concern about how the Seattle Mariners prospect is hitting right now. It’s still a small sample size and we just need Kelenic to adjust and gain confidence. It really shouldn’t matter whether he is hitting .200 or .400 in Tacoma. The coaches and staff will know when he should be recalled.