After months of retooling his swing, fraught with occasional public frustration, Jarred Kelenic is again within the large leagues. The 23-year-old (in his age-22 season) has been recalled by the Seattle Mariners as a part of a 4 participant transfer for the ultimate 15 video games of the season. The membership introduced Wednesday afternoon that they’ve recalled OF Jarred Kelenic and C/INF Luis Torrens and optioned OF Taylor Trammell. Additionally, they’ve designated for project 1B/3B/cOF Jake Lamb.
The return of Kelenic comes at an opportune time for Seattle, as the upcoming schedule is each pretty weak and in addition effectively aligned by way of handedness for Kelenic. Five of the subsequent six projected beginning pitchers Seattle appears more likely to face are right-handed, and so they’ll most likely face southpaw starters in solely 4-5 of the remaining 15 in complete. While Trammell is a speedier runner and sure a superior defender, Kelenic’s offensive upside is interesting, significantly in a stretch the place Seattle’s bats have appeared inconsistent within the excessive. He’s additionally been on absolute fireplace currently as effectively.
Looking at Kelenic’s Statcast information this month:
24 of his 52 batted balls (46.2%) exceeded 95 mph.
Only Julio Rodríguez (50.4) has the next hard-hit price amongst Mariners season qualifiers.
Max exit velocity: 113.8 mph
Only Cal Raleigh (113.9) has hit a ball more durable for M’s in Sept.
— Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) September 21, 2022
Kelenic has dealt with Triple-A pitching effectively earlier than, and it is arduous to rightly inform what’s actual or not within the Pacific Coast League, however Kelenic has been far far higher towards southpaws in Tacoma this 12 months, and can probably not be requested to face them usually in addition. He’s struck out at a below-average (20.8%) price within the minors, together with a tidy 14.7% Okay-rate in September, after theoretical frustration could have boiled over at being handed on for an preliminary September call-up. Perhaps this can be a reward for powering by means of and persevering with to carry out regardless of that preliminary frustration, or maybe it’s a transfer of delicate desperation from Seattle. A sizzling last two weeks might gas each the potential for planning round Kelenic as soon as extra and commerce appetites this winter. We’ll discover out quickly if the white horse he is using on is known as Shadowfax or Death.
Joining Kelenic is Torrens, whose 2022 has adopted a equally disappointing path. One of many gamers whose reverse discipline energy was evaporated by the usually-deadened baseball, Torrens was despatched again to Tacoma to rediscover his stroke, clearing waivers within the course of. While down there, he acquired work at just a few infield positions, with the previous shortstop now boasting 4 begins at second base to his identify along with his prior work at first base and third. Curt Casali is reportedly anticipated to take paternity go away imminently, however with Jake Lamb’s struggles and the return of Kelenic, a righty bat that theoretically can threaten lefty arms has extra enchantment. In all chance, Torrens might be used sparingly, as the versatile backstop has not fairly lit issues up in Tacoma to the purpose of incomes belief as soon as extra, however Seattle’s hopeful playoff roster is liable to incorporate three catchers, so Torrens was sure to return ultimately
For Trammell, it is a irritating return to Tacoma the place he is dominated all 12 months. For Lamb, it is a disappointing finish to what was a stunning homecoming story. The Seattle native has gotten restricted play in Seattle however has struggled in these alternatives. Still, his lone house run had an outsized affect, knocking Cleveland Guardians starter Zach Plesac out with a damaged hand by proxy. Trammell might fairly probably be again on a playoff roster. Lamb will hopefully discover one other house within the bigs.