Jarred Kelenic's Off-Season Market Bounce Back

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Mar 13, 20232 min read

When you think of Mariners prospects and young talent over the last few years, Julio Rodriquez is likely the player that comes to mind. However, before Julio showed he could play at an all-star level in the majors, people thought a player by the name of Jarred Kelenic was the next big thing. Drafted by the Mets in 2018, and being traded just a year and change later, Kelenic was crushing the minor leagues. Poised to be a breakout star, he was the Mariners #1 ranked prospect in 2020 and the #11th ranked prospect overall

Kelenic would make his MLB debut; May 13th, 2021 for the Mariners after batting .320 in AAA in 30 games for Tacoma. Unfortunately for just about everybody, Kelenic was hard to watch as a rookie. Batting just .181 (61 hits) in 337 at bats, it was clear things were not going to be smooth sailing in the majors. On the bright side, even Mike Trout started out slow batting .220.

The hope was for Kelenic to have a much improved season, it can take a year or two for young players to adjust to the pace of the majors. Unfortunately things actually somehow got worse for Kelenic as he played in about half as many games and batted a disastrous .141. He would eventually be sent back to the minors.

Yet here we are today with Kelenic's market bouncing back and bouncing back big before spring training even begins.

From February to May of 2021, his market was sky high as it runs parralel to the time he was rumored to be called up then finally called up. His market however has been going down ever since that day up until a few months ago.

Over the last 3 months, Kelenic's market has been on fire! Seeing 114.8% growth in the last 3 months is insane, especially for todays market while the sport is in off-season. We saw this with basketball in 2020 and 2021, but it is rare to see such hype build a market for a player who has been awful.

Kelenic's Bowman Chrome First Autograph in many different parallels and grades is seeing tremendous growth over the last three months.