Jarred Kelenic Opens Up About Early MLB Struggles
The Seattle Mariners have won 10 games in a row and have shot up the AL Wild Card standings over the past two weeks. A lot of that success has to do with the efforts of homegrown talents like All-Star Julio Rodriguez and ace Logan Gilbert. One former top prospect remains down in Triple-A, though.
That would be outfielder Jarred Kelenic. He was optioned two months ago and is using his time spent in the minor leagues to work on himself, both on and off the field. The 22-year-old's bat is starting to heat up, as is the question of where he fits in the Mariners' second half plans.
Jarred Kelenic Mariners
Entering the Tacoma Rainiers' Tuesday night game, Kelenic had logged a hit in 14 of his last 15 games and was slashing .343/.421/.702 during that span. He was also named the Pacific Coast Player of the Week for July 4-10 and 30 of his 53 hits on the season have gone for extra bases.
“I can help them whenever they decide to call me up. That never left. But again, I’m just down here trying to focus on my process and get myself right.”- Jarred Kelenic
Seattle was never worried about Kelenic's ability to get on base and score runs, though. He was sent down to work on his two-strike approach, his ability to make contact with breaking balls and his capacity to hit lefty pitching. It's all part of the "process" Kelenic regularly refers to in interviews.
Rodriguez is shining as the everyday center fielder, Jesse Winker soon returns from his suspension and the injured Mitch Haniger is expected back by the end of July. That leaves little opportunity for Kelenic to grab a starting spot. That may not matter because all he wants to do help win games.
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