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Mets Select Potential 5-Tool Outfielder Jarred Kelenic In 1st Round Of MLB Draft

June 04, 2018 - 8:12 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Mets landed a potential five-tool player with the sixth overall pick of the draft Monday night, selecting outfielder Jarred Kelenic of Waukesha High School in Wisconsin.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder is considered to be one of the top pure hitters in this year's draft class.

He is the first player from Wisconsin ever to be drafted in the top 10 and is the first high school player the Mets have taken in the first round since Dominic Smith in 2012.

Here's what some online scouting reports were saying about Kelenic leading up to the draft.

MLB.com:

Compared to a more athletic version of Mark Kotsay, 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.

Perfect Game:

Very strong athletic build. 6.57 runner, has centerfield range and speed with a high level right field throwing arm, makes accurate throws with very good carry, highest level defensive outfielder. Left handed hitter, hits from a spread stance, excellent raw bat speed with a low tension swing and loose hands, ball flies off the barrel, big power when he turns on the ball but will let it travel and drive it up the gaps as well. Advanced player with all the tools, plays hard. 

FanGraphs:

He's a selective hitter with all-fields doubles power and a chance to stay in center field. Kelenic is almost 19 and already quite physically mature, each considered negatives by the scouting community, but he comes with a long track record most prep hitters do not. Opinions vary regarding Kelenic's physical projection and how it might affect his power output and ultimate defensive home, but Kelenic's bat is stable enough that he's one of the higher-floor high school prospects. 

The Detroit Tigers selected Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with the first overall pick. With the 23rd overall pick, the Yankees selected Anthony Seigler, a switch-hitting, switch-throwing catcher from Cartersville High School in Georgia.