The former Mets prospect and current Mariners outfielder in the major leagues was a two-run homer in the third inning of Seattle’s 7-3 win over the Indians on Friday night.
The 21-year-old left fielder broke through Aaron Civale 403 feet 1-0 and in right field stands at Safeco Field to put the Mariners ahead 3-0. He added an RBI brace in the seventh for that extra third baseline of the game in a 3-for-4 and three RBI night.
Kelenic was sent to Seattle by former Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen in a much-criticized profession that brought Robinson Cano and closer to Edwin Diaz from Citi Field in 2019.
Cano is suspended for the 2021 season after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Diaz’s career with the Mets has been a roller coaster. He is currently 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA and is perfect in five save chances.
Kelenic, one of the sport’s top prospects, struggled in his Big League debut on Thursday, when he got a score of 0 for 4. A home run with a first hit is certainly a great way. to bounce back.
After that rough start, Kelenic got the Mariners crowd on their feet with a long ball in the third inning on Friday night. He remained with an off-speed pitch from Aaron Civale, but still had the power to drive him 403 feet towards the center-right pitch.
The ball was timed at 109.3mph from the start and Kelenic’s sprint around the bases looked just as quick. He hugged young Seattle star Kyle Lewis in the dugout canoe with a bear hug and rocked his cap to fans when their standing ovation didn’t stop.
“I didn’t even know that was what they wanted, until people were like, ‘Get out’. I didn’t know what was going on until I realized everyone was standing, ”Kelenic said. “But it’s something I’ve always imagined.”
Kelenic became the Mariners’ youngest homerun player since Adam Jones in 2006 and joined Lewis in hitting a homerun for their first major league hits. Lewis did so in September 2019.
– with AP