Recent Mets first-round pick Jarred Kelenic, who has had pitchers ducking for cover since making his professional debut, has cracked Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list -- joining two other Mets.
The 18-year-old Kelenic (No. 81 on the list), debuted for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets last month before a quick promotion to Kingsport.
Kelenic joins High-A St. Lucie SS Andres Gimenez (No. 68), and Triple-A Las Vegas 1B Peter Alonso (No. 77).
The gist on all three...
Kelenic is hitting .352/.427/.592 with three homers, two doubles, three triples, and seven steals in 19 games since being drafted. The next step for Kelenic would be a promotion to the Brooklyn Cyclones -- the Mets' Short-Season A affiliate.
"He's universally considered one of the best pure hitters in the (Draft) class, with good feel for the strike zone and a mechanically-sound swing that he repeats well," John Sickels wrote recently for Minor League Ball about the lefty-swinging center fielder. "His hitting skills are quite polished, especially for a cold-weather bat."
The 19-year-old Gimenez, who just played in the Futures Game, is hitting .278/.345/.428 with six homers, four triples, 19 doubles, and a league-leading 26 stolen bases for St. Lucie. He is more than three years younger than the average player in the league.
Viewed as an above average-fielding shortstop who should stay at the position, Gimenez "has a smooth swing and a quick bat," wrote Greg Karam of Amazin' Avenue. "Couple that with his ability to make contact and his up-the-middle defensive prowess and there's a lot to be excited about."
Alonso, 23, crushed Double-A pitching to the tune of a .314/.440/.573 line before being promoted to Triple-A, where he's hitting .174/.306/.413 and starting to come around -- homering twice in his last four games. He has 21 homers in 90 games this season.
He also hit this majestic bomb during the Futures Game this past Sunday: