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.

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Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

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
Harley Earl
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

“they know they’re not going to compete until at least 2022.” Oooops.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

VinWins
VinWins
1 year ago

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

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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

LenFuego
LenFuego
1 year ago

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

Jeremy Burke
Jeremy Burke
Reply to  LenFuego
1 year ago

He was a good looking man. No-homo. That Cano trade was a doozie tho.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

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

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
1 year ago

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?

Smitty
1 year ago

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!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Mets and thinking in the same sentence is a no go.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Bauer cud wind up in Queens.

Cram It
Cram It
1 year ago

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
Cram It
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

It was like Borat “My wife” level of annoying.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Haha. Nooooooo!

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

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

WWD is undeniably great.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

That was solid.

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

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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

galica
galica
1 year ago

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

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I’d like to meet this wiener holding nurse lmao

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I see what you did there lol

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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