Avert your eyes, Mets fans.
Jarred Kelenic, the highly touted prospect center fielder whom the Mets traded away in a deal they’ve probably come to regret, is expected to make his long-awaited MLB debut this week with the Mariners.
The No. 3-overall prospect in baseball is expected be called up Thursday for a home game against the Cleveland Indians, according to ESPN, more than two years after Kelenic was sent to Seattle in a trade headlined by Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz coming to New York.
While Cano sits out the season for violating baseball’s PED policy a second time and Diaz delivers mixed results from the mound, Kelenic continues to light it up in the Mariners’ farm system.
The sixth-overall pick in the 2018 draft is 9-for-20 with two home runs, six RBIs and two stolen bases in five games with Triple-A Tacoma.
Kelenic, 21, might have made his debut last season had Seattle not been manipulating his service time in order to keep him under team control longer — a tactic former CEO Kevin Mather revealed in February to the dismay of Kelenic and the players’ association.