2018 MLB Draft

Mets select Jarred Kelenic with the sixth overall pick

The Mets have selected outfielder Jarred Kelenic with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Player Profile

  • Position: CF
  • Bats/Throws: L/L
  • Age: 18
  • Height/Weight: 6’1″/196 lbs.
  • School: Waukesha West High School (WI)
  • Commitment: Louisville
  • MLB Draft Pipeline Rank: 10
  • Member of the U-18 United States national team since his freshman year

The prep star from Wisconsin has already shown he is a strong five-tool player. Scouts have lauded Kelenic’s advanced hitting ability, as he displays a refined hitting approach which features great bat speed, with many experts considering him the best pure hitter in the draft.

From MLB Pipeline’s scouting report:

Kelenic stands out most for his hitting ability. He has tremendous feel for the barrel and repeatedly demonstrates a professional approach from the left side of the plate. With his solid raw power and speed, he can contribute offensively in a variety of ways.

Kelenic is considered a natural athlete, he has been able to run a 6.57 for his 60-yard time. He exhibits great range in center field, has a very strong arm, and shows good speed. He also displays plus speed, and shows good instincts while baserunning.

With the lack of a strong outfield prospect in the pipeline, the Mets will have a five-tool outfielder who can play in any part of the outfield, and he may take a shorter journey to get to the major leagues given his skillset.

 

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