2021 Dynasty Player of the Week: Jarred Kelenic

by Nick Zaniboni
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Welcome back to our 2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week, where this week we will be looking at the Mariners young stud Jarred Kelenic. He is ranked  27th in our latest dynasty rankings. 

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I'm turning 28 next week and realized my days of being a prospect are long gone. I am not yet in my Luke Voit years, but they are quickly approaching.

In life, your twenties are the time you develop your future and set out your plans. In my twenties, I had two brain surgeries, graduated college, met my special lady, moved to a city I didn't know and moved to the city I love. All of those things changed me for the better, and I continue to surprise myself.

However, this week's Dynasty player of the week is only 21, and some may say is far more accomplished than I. The future is bright for this week's dynasty player of the week, Jarred Kelenic.

2021 Dynasty Player of the Week: Jarred Kelenic

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New York State of Never-Mind

If you thought of Nas when you read this, I like you; if you thought of Bill Joel, I respect you. Quick background on our man Kelenic here. The New York Mets drafted Kelenic out of Waukesha West High School in Wisconsin. He was picked with the 6th overall selection in the 2018 draft. He was looked at as a high upside pick after the draft and was seen as a good pick from industry folks.

Kelenic did not disappoint. He found early success through his first two assignments in 2018. In 56 games, he had six homers, 42 RBI, and 42 runs, all while is slashing a solid .286/.371/.468, a very encouraging start for a top draft pick.

However, come December of that year, the Mets decided to trade their shiny new toy. The deal sent Kelenic, Jay Bruce, Gerson Bautista, Justin Dunn, and Anthony Swarzak to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Robinson Canó, Edwin Díaz, and $20 million. If this were to ever happen in a dynasty baseball league, it would be instantly mocked. Giving up that much for a Closer and an over-the-hill superstar is laughable.

Sleepless in Seattle

I am killing the references in this write-up this week! Anyway, going into 2019, Kelenic was ranked within the top 65 prospects in any publication. The 2019 season would be looked at as the coming-out party for the outfielder. He went through three levels hitting 23 homers and had ops over .900.

Kelenic was the real deal, and Seattle fans begin to get excited that they may have a budding superstar on their hands. Going into the season, Kelenic was a consensus top 10-15 prospect in the game. Rankings don't hit balls, and players do, but Kelenic backed up the high industry praise.

2021 and Dynasty value

Unfortunately, in 2020, we lost the entire minor league season. Kelenic got to play at the team's alternate training site. Twitter would update any curious Kelenic fans, and it seems like he did a great job at the alt site.

Well, now it's 2021, and we are back to sort of regular Baseball. Kelenic reported springing training with the hopes of making the big club. He was only able to play ten games due to a minor knee injury. However, what he did in those ten games was worthy of making the team. He led the team in OPS, ISO, BB to K rate. He had an average of .300 with an OBP of .440 and an OPS of 1.140. Nothing to sneeze at all for a 21-year-old kid.

He didn't make the team because he needed to "work" on defense. However, he tore up AAA for about two weeks before his reason was "worked" on enough. Kelenic has 18 plate appearances so far this year and has only three hits. He is a bust and should be dropped in all leagues. (obviously, I'm kidding) Like the glass-half-full guy I am, I will say that there's currently a 33.33333% chance it's going out of the yard when he does hit the ball. His first major league hit was a home!


Kelenic is the real deal; he will be a superstar in this league for years to come. If you do not have your Kelenic share, you most likely will not be able to get one at a remotely reasonable price. I will not even try to trade for him in my main league because the owner, Bryan FKA goats, will die with him in his bare hands before he deals him to me.

I have been trying to think of a good comparison for Kelenic. Will he be Trout? Can he be Harper? Is he a healthy Grandy Siezmore? Let me know what you think!

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