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