Your Mariners 2024 Left Fielder is…
John: Jarred Kelenic – Jarred has been a hot topic this year, with Mariners fans seemingly divided between keeping this guy around or shipping him out in a 2022 trade. Since changing his batting posture in late July, he’s only had a single game where he didn’t get himself on base. That, my friends, is hard work paying dividends.
He still has a lot of development coming his way, but he clearly has tons of defensive confidence and he’s now begun to piece together major league at-bats (some of these 0-2 counts that he’s converting to walks are really impressive). I’m a proud Jarred Kelenic Believer and come 2024 Jarred will have already attended one All-Star Game. Mark my words.
Chris: Jarred Kelenic – He’s only moved out of center in 2024 because of the insane speed that my center field choice holds.. He’s starting to heat up in August, showing his potential. If things go right for the Mariners, there is an argument that they could end up with the best outfield in all of baseball. Kelenic has a chance to be a special hitter, as a .300/20/20 (Grady Sizemore, possibility) is within his reach.
Connor: Jarred Kelenic – The Mariners’ #1 overall prospect is going to be just fine. Yes, his OPS is a meek .493 through his first 44 games, but he’s beginning to look a lot more comfortable at the plate, as he’s working walks and fighting off singles in clutch situations. He’s a top prospect for a reason, and his recent hitting adjustments are proof that he’s willing to put in the work to improve minor details in his game.
Jamey: Zach DeLoach – Before anyone panics, no I’m not giving up on Kelenic, I just have him at a different position. Part of me wanted to list Aaron Judge here, but that is also probably a pipe dream. DeLoach has struggled some since his promotion to Arkansas, but the bat speed and overall swing show a lot of overall upside. He’s far and away my least confident pick in this lineup (besides Bryant), and it’s possible someone like Jake Fraley, Jonatan Clase, or even Harry Ford sneaks in here instead, but for now, I’m sticking with DeLoach.