The last few hours (and days, weeks and months, really) of the last few hours between the New York Mets and the Seattle Mariners have created much of the trade that sent Jared Kellenic to the western part of the country; And Edwin Diaz and Robinson Canoe Queens.
The Mariners are heading to City Field for their weekend series, but they won’t do that with Kelenic on the roster.
“Jared Kelenick has been substituted for Class AAA Tacoma,” Seattle Times reporter Ryan Davis tweeted this afternoon.
Jarred Kelenic Class AAA Tacoma has been substituted.
– Ryan Divish (yanRyanDivish) May 13, 2022
It’s always shocking to see such a talented player sacked, but seeing his performance was the Mariners’ only choice.
With 96 plate appearances, the young outfielder is dropping .140 / .219 / .291 with three home runs.
After a bad game with M’s in 2021, it looked like he turned a corner in September, but in 2022 he also fought right outside the gate.
He has yet to find MLB pitching
As a major league player with 473 plate appearances combining his 2021 and 2022 performances, he is hitting .173 / .256 / .338 with 17 homers and 10 stealing bases.
Kelenick hit .320 / .392 / .624 in Plate’s presence at 143 Triple last year, though, so he doesn’t have much left to prove to minors.
The move is about creating a roster spot and playing him every day: with the Mariners, the last part isn’t happening.
A 22-year-old young player needs as many at-bats as he can handle, and it makes no sense to field a struggling young player two or three times a week.
The Mariners also hope the move will help Kelenick regain some confidence as a hitter.
He has to cut his strikes and communicate more consistently, but he has the tools to succeed in the end.