These 2021 fantasy baseball rookies aren’t in order. My Randy Arozarena 2021 fantasy and Sixto Sanchez 2021 fantasy were 1A and 1B. But this one, I don’t know where it ranks. I just wanted to get out of the bubble, unmask the ‘stache and stretch my legs with a rookie who hasn’t debuted yet. No disrespect to Cristian Pache. You did get Ian Anderson. One love to Bryse Wilson. Sorry, no Kyle Wright because he exceeds rookie eligibility–Okay, are there any rookies that aren’t Braves? Any hoo! Jarred Kelenic, who sounds like a bottled cleanse, here’s your chance to shine (and get out what the fiber couldn’t)! First off, let’s look at what Prospect Itch said about Kelenic, “He’s drawn some Christian Yelich comps for his feel for the barrel and all around game (but mostly because he’s a lefty outfielder who can hit and run, and Yelich is elite now, and people love to comp prospects to stars who are so elite any kind of comp is immediately ludicrous). Regardless of what Kelenic becomes for the Mariners, he won’t be a Metropolitan, and that trade will go down in New York lore as an early and egregious oversight of the Brodie Van reign. Amazing move by Dipoto to identify the new guy at the table–the fish looking to make a splash–and immediately dump his worst contract (Robinson Cano) and sell high closer (Edwin Diaz) in exchange for Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and Gerson Bautista, who might’ve been the low totem pole piece here but could still impact Seattle’s future, and I’d like to impact Grey’s head.” Okay, not cool. So, that was Seattle’s best to get Kelenic, which sounds like the beginning of a coffee enema commercial, and the Mets’ worst, but real world trades aside, what about Kelenic for 2021 fantasy baseball or, rather…So, what can we expect from Jarred Kelenic in 2021 fantasy baseball?

What if I were to tell you Jarred Kelenic could be next year’s Randy Arozarena? I’m kidding, it’s just funny to overhype some guy by comparing him to a guy with, like, twelve games played. But, seriously, would Randy Arozarena 2021 interest you? Still joking. Kelenic has bigger power than Randy. Blasphemy! But it’s true. Okay, enough with the Randy nonsense. 2019 was a bit of an injury year for Kelenic, battling wrist and ankle boo-boos. By the by, ever think ghosts are booing because they don’t like what they’re seeing from humans? No? Okay. But even with some injury concerns in 19 after twenty, Kelenic still went 23/20 and .291/.364/.540 across three levels, ending in Double-A, where he went 6/3 in 21 games. He’s ready. Not much else needs to be said on his bonafides. The power grades out at 60, and the speed is 50+. To give you a sorta-applicable-comp, Kyle Tucker is 60 power, and 40 speed. Tucker who went 30/30 in Triple-A, and was on pace for that this year in the majors. No offense to Arozarena, but if I knew Kelenic was breaking camp with the M’s, he’d be above Randy in my eyes. I also promise that is the last time this postseason that I mention Randy Arozarena.

So, this comes down to when will Kelenic be promoted? Mariners have already said they plan on promoting Kelenic in 2021. “At some point” was their exact timetable, which is very non-exact. I worry he’s on a mid-June timetable, which hurts his value in redraft, uh, drafts. I’d actually be kinda shocked if he breaks camp with the M’s. He’ll be 21 to start the year, and the Mariners are in no rush to promote him. For 2021, will give Jarred Kelenic projections of 37/12/41/.269/11 in 341 ABs with a mid-June call-up, but not being called up until September is a fear too.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!

    Awesome Kelenic fantasy outlook report!!

    a. Kelenic around #77 in a redraft next year and home for an Acuna-like season in 2018, right?

    b. Have a nice weekend.

    c. MLB quote of the day for November 6, 2020

    1. On Adam LaRoche born today November 6, 1979

    ‘Twenty years from now when you’re trying to impress your friends at some sort of social gathering, you can remind them how much of a baseball geek you are with this tidbit of knowledge: Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche became the first player to have a home run taken away via instant replay during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Umpires initially ruled the first inning hit a home run, but it appeared to hit a railing in center field and the ruling was reversed upon review.’

    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Austin Knoblauch

    2. On Clarence Mitchell who died November 6, 1963

    ‘Mitchell uses it [the spitball] almost exclusively… He said, for example, that if he had pitched 120 balls during the game 75 or 80 of them were ‘spitters.’ A major of the remainder were fastballs while a few were curves.’

    1924 Reach Guide

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Um…maybe not quite that high

      B. You too!

      C. Haha, all I can think of is LaRoche’s kid now

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        1. Thanks man. No plans for the weekend on our side. Walks of about 2 miles / day with Simba. He’s good, happy dog, sleeps pretty well.

        2. C2 pitched in the 19th century. It’s amazing what the 19th century was like or even in the 1960s (aka the 1980s in Canada). In 1980s Canada, you apply for a factory job and once you complete the application form with the attached to the counter pen on the clipboard, their first question is do you have a pair of safety boots. If your answer was yes, you got the job. There was no physical exam, no inspection, no need to turn your head and cough as the nurse holds your weiner.

        3. Watching…

        A. The trial of the Chicago 7 (too good)
        B. The devil all the time (really good)
        C. Enola Holmes (sherlock’s sister has a case to solve!!)
        D. 537 votes (could be winner for best documentary!!)

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Same, I mean not Simba, but no plans

          2. She doesn’t hold your weiner — I mean, she’s not supposed to, I don’t think

          3. I liked D a lot, I haven’t seen others…I liked Queen’s Gambit

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            I’d like to meet this wiener holding nurse lmao

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think we all wood

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                I see what you did there lol

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hehe, don’t let them cancel me, please

                  • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                    We would have to riot in the streets if they ever cancel you. I mean protest, peaceful protest lol

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Appreciate that

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Protect Grey at all costs!

  2. Cram It says:
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    Re: Letterkenny… My friend and his wife wouldn’t stop talking about it and quoting it with the same f’n oneliners over and over again in any situation…..and it drove me nuts. Probably not fair to the show, but I should probably give it a chance. Think I’d seen like 3 episodes.

    • Cram It says:
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      It was like Borat “My wife” level of annoying.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        MY WIFE — this new Borat was not good

        • Cram It says:
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          Haha. Nooooooo!

          I haven’t seen it, and probably will eventually. But I need a break from seeing these right wing nutjobs.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            It’s disappointing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s funny, I think What We Do in Shadows is funnier and Eastbound, but hadn’t seen that in a while

      • Cram It says:
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        WWD is undeniably great.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while, and I usually hold that for dramas

          • Cram It says:
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            I’ve spent much of quarantine watching new things with my gf. We must have watched 100 movies, using people’s “best” lists from the internet, and we’ve come to the conclusion that there are no good movies anymore. I’d say maybe 3-5 movies/shows have been worth a damn.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I see a lot of movies, and honestly only about 3 a year are good — I actually liked Invisible Man this year and before that it was like six months ago

              • Cram It says:
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                That was solid.

                The Platform and Come to Daddy were two that stood out to me. But that’s not saying a ton.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I haven’t seen them yet, usually watch all my movies in Dec/Jan…This year who knows tho…

                  • Cram It says:
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                    Ha. You don’t watch movies all year, then watch all the ones you want in Dec/Jan?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We usually get (free) screeners to vote on awards, but this year I have no idea what studios are doing, which is why it’s kinda up in the air…

  3. Special K! Love this kid, his potential reminds me of when Jim Leyland got to know Yelich and hit him 3rd on the WBC Championship club. Kelenic is a pure bat whose time has come. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich comps! Yeah, clips I watched of him made me fall in love… What were the Mets thinking?

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Mets and thinking in the same sentence is a no go.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mets are about to be a whole new club

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            Will Cohen spend big bucks right away, you think? Might try and trade Cano back for Kelenic. lol

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, he’s spending money, be shocked if he doesn’t…Kelenic is sadly gone forever like after a colonic

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                Bauer cud wind up in Queens.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I cud see it

  4. Stumanji! says:
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    I picked up a bunch of high-ceiling prospects before the end of the season to potentially keep for cheap-cheap in 2021. 10 tm auction, keep 5. I think keeper pool is too shallow and it’s too early to keep any of these guys, but wanted to get your thoughts on whether it’s worth holding onto Kelenic, Madrigal, or Julio Rodriguez, I own a lot of very expensive top talent (Trout, Yelich, Freeman, Arenado) so it would be a value play on my last keeper spot.

    Also, I just read your Sixto write-up and the blurb about him being in the running for ROY while also retaining Rookie status for 2021. Has anybody ever won ROY twice? Is that possible or are you disqualified after winning it once?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You get disqualified from ROY if you win it the year before…Only this year it was possible, and MLB announced that

      I guess it depends on why you drop one of those top prospects…I like Madrigal for this year if shallow, and 10 team is shallow…

  5. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Jordan Hicks, is he the closer in STL in 2021. Worth adding off of free agents. Or do they go with a committee again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d add him, I think he’s the frontrunner prolly for most saves in St Louis

  6. LenFuego says:
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    As a Mets fan, my considered assessment of Van Wagenen’s performance and aptitude as GM is that he is … handsome.

    • Jeremy Burke says:
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      He was a good looking man. No-homo. That Cano trade was a doozie tho.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        A real stinker!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not his looks, of course… they don’t stink at all

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, that is very accurate…he will make a great agent again somewhere

  7. VinWins

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    Wonderfilm Media has begun working on an Arozarena biopic with plans for release in 2022 or 2023

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope the film’s title isn’t 2021 Schmohawk

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        I imagine the title will be “Another Ex-Card Prospers.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, that’s just the working title!

  8. Harley Earl says:
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    I could definitely see them holding Kelenic down so that Julio Rodriguez has time to catch up, then promoting them within a week or two of one another in August and September. I mean, there’s no real “rush” to promote Kelenic since the outfield really won’t be complete until J-Rod is promoted too.

    I’m sure they want their three horses: Lewis, Kelenic and J-Rod playing together in the outfield for as long as possible. Maybe Julio dominates AA and they promote them both in June? Seems unlikely that they’d give up a year of control when they know they’re not going to compete until at least 2021.

    I’d have tempered expectations for both Mariners prospects in 2021. We can thank Corona for that. Thanks Corona.

    • Harley Earl says:
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      “they know they’re not going to compete until at least 2022.” Oooops.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Gotcha… you might be right

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, stupid Corona

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Yeah, I wasn’t trying to correct you or say you’re wrong. You may be exactly right. It’s a very foggy situation for them this year. Depends on if the GM feels any heat and wants to speed the timetable up or if he feels comfortable and can let development occur naturally.

        I just think they might slow roll it this year. Glad you’re doing some of these. Sorry if I came across pushy. Didn’t mean it that way at all.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, makes sense…I don’t know when they’ll be up either…all just educated guesses

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