Age: 20 yr, Weight: 196 lbs, Height: 6-0
School: Waukesha West HS
MLB Draft: Round 1, Overall: 6
Current Level: AA, ETA: 2020
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Five-tool potential perennial all-star
Sorry Mets fans. After being considered the top prep bat in the 2018 draft class and picked sixth overall, Kelenic has really come into his own in 2019 and his prospect status has skyrocketed up from an already high position. Kelenic is armed with some of the most electric bat speed in the minors, particularly his max barrel speed and max acceleration are otherworldly. This means he is specifically adapted to not only make hard contact, but that he can get to that high bat speed exceptionally quickly, allowing him to adjust to speed and spin.
In addition to the bat speed, Kelenic has a true five-tool profile with a 60 hit tool, 55 game power, a rocket 60 arm, the defensive instincts to play centerfield and 55 footspeed. This combo of tools allowed for him to go 23/20 in just 117 games with a .904 OPS, despite playing through an injury, being one of the youngest players in all three leagues he was in and finishing the year in one of the toughest parks to hit in.
More than just tools and pedigree, Kelenic has 80 grade intangibles. Known as a tireless worker, weight room warrior and great teammate, Kelenic also immersed himself in the Seattle community immediately post trade. Before the season had even started, he’d already conducted multiple charity events for the residents of the city. Social media inclined like his roommate Julio Rodriguez, Kelenic has a chance to become one of the faces of the game if he reaches his lofty ceiling.