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Jarred Kelenic makes a disastrous start to 2022


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Most MLB fans, especially Seattle Mariners fans, remember Jarred Kelenic’s struggles in 2021.

Overall, the ultra-prospect slashed .181/.265/.350 with 14 home runs and six stolen bases in 377 plate appearances, necessitating a move to the minor leagues this summer.

So when Kelenic’s bat finally woke up in September and he batted .248/.331/.524 with seven home runs and an .854 OPS in the final month of the season, everyone was excited. and declared his arrival, at last.

However, the start of the 2022 campaign hasn’t been kind to him.

It wasn’t nice at all.

“Jarred Kelenic is 1 of 15 with nine strikeouts to start the season,” NBC Sports Edge DJ Short tweeted Wednesday.

This time, however, the Mariners may not be able to afford to be too patient with their struggling prospect.

How long does Kelenic’s leash last?

To start. they have serious playoff aspirations, and playing like that, Kelenic can’t help them.

And second, they have other options that may perform at a similar or better level for now.

Currently, the Mariners depth roster for the outfield includes Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez, Jesse Winker, Mitch Haniger and Kyle Lewis.

Lewis, the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year, started spring training behind his teammates and is currently leveling up.

If the Mariners had to sacrifice anyone’s stick to include Lewis in the roster, it would be Kelenic.

Kelenic, however, has as many advantages as anyone on this list, except maybe Rodriguez, and has something going for him: he can play in the center field.

Ultimately, he might get out of his funk pretty quickly, but the Mariners will want to see results soon, or they might start thinking about demoting him to the bench or, even worse, to the minors.




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