Mets prospect Jarred Kelenic tore up GCL pitching so badly that he has earned a promotion to Rookie-level Kingsport after only a couple of weeks.
The 18-year-old outfielder, who the Mets selected with the No. 6 overall pick in last month's MLB Draft, hit .413/.451/.609 with one homer, two doubles, two triples, and four stolen bases in 12 games for the GCL Mets.
The next step for Kelenic would be a promotion to the Brooklyn Cyclones.
"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 about the lefty-swinging Kelenic. "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.