With the 6th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected high school outfielder Jarred Kelenic from Waukesha West HS. In recent mock drafts, Kelenic was projected to go 6th by Keith Law of ESPN and 6th by Baseball America.
Kelenic has been an interesting case this spring because, due to playing in Wisconsin where the weather has not cooperated a lot, scouts were a bit later in getting a significant sample size of looks at him so his draft stock has been somewhat weird in terms of trends. Possessing one of the better raw hit tools in the draft, Kelenic has great feel for hitting and has a great approach and some pop from the left side of the plate. He is also an above average runner and possesses a strong arm in the outfield making him one of the more well-rounded prospects in the draft.
There is a lot to like about Kelenic, but the level of competition he has faced combined with some wondering if he will be able to stick in center field long-term make the pick a bit risky, but he has far more believers than doubters. Kelenic has a ton of athleticism which is certainly to his benefit as he can impact games in a variety of ways as opposed to hoping one big tool will carry the day. If he continues to hit like he has an an amateur, his bat will play in either outfield corner although right field would be the best way to maximize his arm, athleticism, and value as a prospect.