First of many?
Mets first-round pick Jerred Kelenic had a successful day at the plate in his first taste of professional baseball, going 3-4 with a triple, RBI and two runs for the Gulf Coast Mets.
The 18-year-old Kelenic, who attended Waukesha West High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is a left-handed hitter and thrower. Kelenic was ranked as the sixth-best Draft prospect by ESPN's Keith Law, eighth-best by Fangraphs, 10th-best by MLB.com, and 12th-best by Baseball America.
Mets first-round pick Jarred Kelenic's pro debut this morning for the Gulf Coast Mets: 3-for-4, 3B, RBI, 2 runs scored. He batted third as the designated hitter.- Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 23, 2018
"He's universally considered one of the best pure hitters in the 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. "His hitting skills are quite polished, especially for a cold-weather bat."
Aside from his hitting prowess, Kelenic is viewed as a plus defender with a strong arm who will hit for enough power if he moves from center field to a corner outfield spot.