The Mariners are hoping for their second consecutive Rookie of the Year outfielder in 2021 and Jarred Kelenic has a good shot to deliver it for them. The sixth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft arrived in Seattle as part of the Robinson Cano deal and has proved to be another dangerous piece to the M’s future outfield. Advancing from Rookie ball to Double A in just two seasons, the Wisconsin native has hit a combined .290/.366/.516 along the way. Progressing through Single A, High A, and Double A in 2019 alone, he clubbed twenty-three homeruns in 117 games across all levels and added twenty stolen bases. He didn’t spend much time in the Arizona Fall League but shouldn’t really need too much, as Baseball America already hails him as a potential All-Star once he gets called up.
Collectors are just as high on Kelenic as scouts are. Despite not seeing any playing time during the 2020 season, the average price of the Waukesha West High School alum’s 2018 Bowman Draft autograph card increased 38.2% from the beginning of the season until the ten most recent sales. With a current average price of $281.39 many collectors seem to be expecting Kelenic to follow in the footsteps of 2020 breakout star and his future teammate, Kyle Lewis. Kelenic cards have maintained steady sales during the offseason with the number of sales made in November being just about equaled the following month. Those sales numbers will surely increase as the season draws closer. The prices will most likely hold around the $200 mark for a few months before beginning to rise again during spring training. Expect 2018 Bowman Draft #CDA-JK to be a hot commodity heading into the 2021 season.