Jarred Kelenic

Jarred Kelenic

24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Kelenic failed to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon him in Seattle, but he will get a chance to start anew in Atlanta in 2024. The sixth overall pick in 2018, Kelenic was once viewed as a top prospect, if not the top prospect in all of baseball. Most Mets fans bemoaned his departure from the organization in the 2018 Edwin Diaz trade. After a disastrous first couple MLB seasons, Kelenic finally enjoyed a taste of big-league success in 2023, though he also missed a large portion of the year due to a fractured left foot, the result of kicking a water cooler in frustration. His poor luck on balls in play reversed and Kelenic finished above league average by many offensive measures. It's important to remember that he is still just 24 years old, and even with his strikeout issues (30.7 K%), he's shown some good things at the plate and on the bases. It's best to project a platoon role, but there may be upside from there in regards to playing time. His landing spot in Atlanta makes a post-hype gamble all the more intriguing. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#230
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$Signed a one-year, $760,000 contract with Atlanta in March of 2024.
Goes yard again Sunday
OFAtlanta Braves
June 17, 2024
Kelenic went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 8-6 loss to the Rays.
ANALYSIS
The 24-year-old homered for the second straight game since moving into the leadoff spot. Kelenic has six long balls on the season, but three of them have come in the last seven games, and he's slashing .293/.341/.561 through 44 plate appearances in June.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
9
14
17
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+58%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+38%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .617 177 20 5 20 2 .212 .266 .352
Since 2022vs Right .721 604 64 19 64 17 .236 .308 .413
2024vs Left .500 26 2 0 2 0 .231 .231 .269
2024vs Right .789 158 18 6 16 1 .274 .323 .466
2023vs Left .774 92 12 4 15 1 .259 .315 .459
2023vs Right .738 324 32 7 34 12 .251 .330 .408
2022vs Left .426 59 6 1 3 1 .130 .203 .222
2022vs Right .587 122 14 6 14 4 .147 .230 .358
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .667 415 39 11 43 10 .227 .287 .380
Since 2022Away .732 366 45 13 41 9 .235 .311 .421
2024Home .788 98 7 3 10 0 .286 .327 .462
2024Away .698 86 13 3 8 1 .247 .291 .407
2023Home .700 210 21 4 23 7 .250 .310 .391
2023Away .795 206 23 7 26 6 .256 .345 .450
2022Home .487 107 11 4 10 3 .125 .206 .281
2022Away .601 74 9 3 7 2 .164 .243 .358
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Stat Review
How does Jarred Kelenic compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.19
 
BB Rate
5.4%
 
K Rate
29.3%
 
BABIP
.354
 
ISO
.169
 
AVG
.267
 
OBP
.310
 
SLG
.436
 
OPS
.746
 
wOBA
.326
 
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.3%
 
Barrels/PA
5.4%
 
Expected BA
.247
 
Expected SLG
.410
 
Sprint Speed
23.2 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
37.8%
 
Line Drive %
27.7%
 
Fly Ball %
34.5%
 
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GM downplays poor spring
OFAtlanta Braves
March 19, 2024
Atlanta GM Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday that Kelenic's poor offensive performance during spring training had "zero impact" on the club's decision to sign Adam Duvall, per Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
ANALYSIS
Anthopoulos specifically complimented Kelenic's defensive work this spring, but his 3-for-42 showing in Grapefruit League action is difficult to ignore. It's not a surprise the GM remained publicly positive with his new outfielder, but it's clear Kelenic and Duvall are set up to begin the campaign platooning in left field. Kelenic's volume will surely take a hit with the acquisition, but he should still see plenty of playing time, assuming the spring struggles don't carry over too much into the regular season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Kelenic's sophomore season was worse than his rookie campaign. A strong spring finish earned him a starting job, but Kelenic was soon demoted to Triple-A Tacoma. He earned another callup in late July but was again overmatched by MLB pitching so the visit was again short-lived and he rejoined the Rainers before a final promotion in late September. This time, Kelenic impressed with a 1,107 OPS in seven games before he was hit by a pitch on the hand. While Kelenic's career .758 OPS and 19.1% strikeout rate facing hard stuff isn't great, it's Ruth-ian compared to his .418 OPS and 41.5% strikeout rate versus break balls and changeups. Be it pitch recognition or timing, Kelenic clearly has an issue, but it should be fixable. The catch is Seattle is in win now mode and has depth in the outfield, so Kelenic must hit to play. The talent to turn things round is there, the opportunity is in jeopardy.
We've been spoiled by some incredible prospect debuts in recent years. Kelenic does not fit in that category as his rookie year was nothing short of a colossal letdown. He finished with a miserable .181/.265/.350 line in 377 PA. Kelenic showed a pulse with an .854 OPS and seven homers over the final month of the season, and he swiped double-digit bags between Triple-A and the majors, but for a large portion of the year he was simply not doing damage on hittable pitches in the strike zone. His struggles in that regard are reflected in a bottom-eighth percentile xBA and middling 87.5 mph avgEV. Nobody these days is foolish enough to extrapolate his September over a full season, but somebody in your draft room is going to bet aggressively on a bounce-back from a player considered a top prospect in the game this time last year. It may be wise to wait another season and invest in a more proven option with that draft capital.
There was a stretch during summer camp in July where Kelenic was not only the prospect du jour, but the talk of the entire baseball world. Videos of his sweet left-handed home run swing were going viral and people were clamoring for him to make the big-league roster. He would have debuted in a 162-game season, but the rebuilding Mariners kept him at the alternate training site throughout the shortened season. With a good spring training, Kelenic will set himself up for a service-time manipulating April call-up or a long-term extension that would facilitate an Opening Day debut. He should assume a prominent spot in the lineup from day one and has five-category upside as a rookie. He could very reasonably go 25/15 during his age-21/22 season, but projecting his batting average and OBP is a more difficult assignment. The draft day price tag figures to only increase as we near the start of the season.
Kelenic has lived up to his billing as the top prep hitter from the 2018 draft, and after climbing from Low-A to Double-A in his first full season, he will soon be knocking on the door of the majors. Acquired from the Mets in last offseason's Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade, Kelenic was supposed to be an average runner with a hit-over-power profile, but he seems faster (20-for-27 on SB attempts) and more intent on pulling the ball out to right field. His 17.9 LD% and 52.2 Pull% at Double-A would be concerning marks if it weren't his third level of his age-19/20 season. Still, it is worth tracking how he performs against upper-level pitching now that he can't just hunt fastballs in hitter's counts. A back injury limited him to three games in the Arizona Fall League. The Mariners had an overly aggressive promotion schedule for him last year and there's no reason to expect that to stop in 2020 if he performs.
The Mets cashed out Kelenic before his full-season debut -- if they had not, Seattle reportedly would not have included Edwin Diaz in the deal. Through 12 games in the GCL, he looked like the best player from the 2018 draft. That production was unsustainable (.514 BABIP, 58.3 Pull%), but it made him the talk of the prospect community. The No. 6 overall pick was promoted to the Appy League, where his production normalized and we got a better sense of his true talent. He showed plus speed (11-for-12 on SB attempts), hit for power (.178 ISO) and demonstrated a good handle of the strike zone (11.0 BB%, 19.5 K%). The rep on Kelenic coming into the draft was that he may be the best prep hitter in the class. He had reverse splits (.256/.340/.426 in 200 PA vs. RHP, .409/.490/.636 in 51 PA vs. LHP), which will be something to track at Low-A. Using the whole field more often will allow him to reach his ceiling as a five-category OF2.
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Enjoys big game from leadoff spot
OFAtlanta Braves
June 15, 2024
Kelenic went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 9-2 victory versus the Rays.
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Moves up to leadoff spot
OFAtlanta Braves
June 15, 2024
Kelenic will start in center field and bat leadoff in Saturday's game versus the Rays.
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Hitting bench against lefty
OFAtlanta Braves
June 12, 2024
Kelenic is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.
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Blasts three-run homer
OFAtlanta Braves
June 9, 2024
Kelenic went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run Sunday against the Nationals.
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Back in lineup
OFAtlanta Braves
June 8, 2024
Kelenic (wrist) is starting in left field and batting ninth Saturday versus the Nationals.
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