Seattle Mariners Trade Jarred Kelenic to Atlanta Braves
The Seattle Mariners have announced that they have traded outfielder Jarred Kelenic to the Atlanta Braves. In addition to Kelenic, the Braves also received left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales, first baseman Evan White, and cash considerations from the Mariners. In exchange, the Mariners acquired pitchers Jackson Kowar and Cole Phillips.
Kelenic’s Background and Performance
Jarred Kelenic was selected as the No. 6 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He quickly rose through the ranks, playing in multiple levels in 2019 and impressing with his hitting abilities. In fact, he was ranked No. 4 in The Athletic Keith Law’s top prospects for 2021.
During his three MLB seasons with the Mariners, Kelenic posted a .204 batting average, .283 on-base percentage, and .373 slugging percentage. He hit 32 home runs and recorded 109 RBIs in 872 at-bats. In the 2023 season, he contributed 11 homers, 49 RBIs, and 13 stolen bases.
Gonzales’ Performance and Stats
Marco Gonzales, a left-handed pitcher, had a record of 4-1 in the 2023 season with a 5.22 ERA and 34 strikeouts. Throughout his career, he has accumulated a record of 65-49 with a 4.14 ERA and 665 strikeouts in 163 games and 893 innings pitched.
Braves’ Plans for Kelenic
The Braves intend to utilize Kelenic as a left-fielder, competing for the position with Vaughn Grissom. They plan to initially use a platoon system, with Kelenic being a left-handed hitter and Grissom being a right-handed hitter.
Kelenic’s Major League struggles have been a concern, as he hit just .204 with a .656 OPS in 974 plate appearances across 252 games. However, the Braves believe in his potential and hope that a change of scenery will help him reach his full potential.
Impact on Atlanta
The acquisition of Kelenic signifies the end of the Braves’ pursuit of a left-fielder for the upcoming season. They have confidence in the tandem of Kelenic and Grissom, who will bring a mix of youth and talent to the position. Grissom, a top infield prospect, will transition to left field in the Puerto Rican winter league.
The Braves also value the five years of contractual control they have with Kelenic, which played a significant role in their decision to part ways with Cole Phillips, a promising pitcher recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The trade between the Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves has brought about significant changes for both teams. The Braves are hoping that Jarred Kelenic can fulfill his potential and contribute to their success in the upcoming season. Meanwhile, the Mariners have acquired promising pitchers in Jackson Kowar and Cole Phillips. Only time will tell how this trade will impact both teams in the long run.
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