Kelenic made headlines in February 2019 after sharing a weird training video in which he did yoga with a goat (something which was apparently becoming a thing and was not just a personal quirk).
For the 2019 Futures Game, he was named to the American League team’s roster.
He played for three different clubs that season, first with the West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League and then moving up to the California League’s Modesto Nuts and the Texas League’s Arkansas Travelers, reaching AA just as he turned 20.
In 117 games, he hit .291/.364/.540, with 31 doubles and 23 home runs, 80 runs scored, and 68 runs driven in.
The Coronavirus pandemic, which wiped out the minor league season in 2020, delayed him back.
Because the Mariners did not bring him up to at least give him a brief taste of the Show, he was relegated to intra-squad games at the team’s auxiliary training facility.
The next spring, a Mariners executive was caught on tape claiming that the team was intentionally slowing down the advancement of some of its top prospects in order to delay their eligibility for arbitration, a practice that had long been suspected but always denied by the team.
What Nationality Is Jarred Kelenic?
Jarred Kelenic is American.