Jarred Kelenic Has Arrived

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The Mariners had the baseball world buzzing earlier this week with the announcement that they would be calling up two of their top prospects, including one at the top of all prospect lists in Jarred Kelenic. The 21-year-old outfielder has flashed immense five-category potential since he was drafted in the first round by the Mets in 2018. Of course, he was famously traded by New York for Edwin Diaz in the winter of 2018. Kelenic hit 23 home runs and stole 20 bases while hitting .291 across three minor league levels in 2019. With the 2020 minor league season canceled due to the pandemic, we weren't sure where Kelenic stood with his development at the alternate training site. The fact that he ended the 2019 season in Double-A seemed to indicate that the talented prospect could be ready for the majors relatively soon.

Kelenic showed up to spring training this year ready to show what he could do. He hit .300 with two home runs and two doubles while walking four times to just one strikeout. He was ready. Six games in Triple-A was all it took for the Mariners to call him up. Making his MLB debut on Thursday, Kelenic went 0-4 with a strikeout. On Friday, he announced his arrival to the show in a big way.

After striking out in the first inning, Kelenic's first major league hit went over the fence in right-center with a 109.3 mile per hour laser off of Aaron Civale that traveled 403 feet. In the fifth inning, he hit a single to the right-field gap that was cut off by the centerfielder. Kelenic could have easily stopped at first and been satisfied with a single. No, he wasn't satisfied with just a base hit. Kelenic showed off his speed and hustle as he made it to second in time for the double. In his next at-bat, Kelenic once again displayed his drive as he poked an opposite-field hit to shallow left field. And again, he legged out another double to tally eight total bases in the contest. If Friday's showing is any indication of what's in store for the ultra-talented young star, we're in for a treat. This could be a league-winner for fantasy managers.

Starting Pitchers with an EDGE

Kevin Gausman vs PIT - 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 12 K

Gausman totaled a career-high 12 strikeouts on Friday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh and did not walk a batter. He tossed 70-of-96 pitches for strikes and was brilliant, holding the Pirates scoreless over eight innings until allowing the first two batters to reach in the ninth. Unfortunately, Jake McGee was put in a tough spot as he was asked to keep the tying run on third from scoring. A base hit by Bryan Reynolds would tie the game and cost Gausman the win. It might be time to consider the 30-year-old right-hander an ace after following up an excellent 2020 season with a 1.84 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 59 strikeouts over 53 2/3 innings so far this year.

Tyler Glasnow vs NYM - 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 10 K

Glasnow has now pitched at least six innings in seven of his nine starts this season. On Friday, he held the Mets to two runs over eight frames with ten strikeouts. An added slider has made a world of difference for Glasnow, allowing him to have more success the third time through the order. The 27-year-old right-hander is also inducing a career-high 16.8 percent swinging-strike rate. We've been chasing the pitcher Glasnow was in the first half of 2019. Well, he's here, and he's even better.

David Peterson vs TB - 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K

Peterson was the pitcher on the other side against Glasnow as he had an impressive outing himself. The southpaw held the Rays to two runs over 7 1/3 innings in what was his longest outing of the season. The 25-year-old has been volatile to this point, so consistency will be important going forward as he carries a 4.86 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with 41 strikeouts over 33 1/3 innings.

Hitters with an EDGE

Aaron Judge vs BAL - 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Judge has broken out from a 2-for-27 slump with eight hits over his last four games, including two that left the yard in Baltimore on Friday. He took Dean Kremer deep in the first and fourth innings with solo shots that left the bat at 103.8 and 105.3 miles per hour. He could have had a third homer on the day in the eighth as he hit a fly-out at 101.4 miles per hour. The 29-year-old slugger is now hitting .282/.382/.565 with ten home runs and 21 RBI.

Bryce Harper vs TOR - 2-for-2, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 BB

Harper reached base in all five plate appearances against the Blue Jays on Friday. Toronto just could not get him out as he singled in the first, drew three walks, then doubled in the ninth. The 28-year-old star outfielder has been excellent to start the year, slashing .318/.449/.582 with seven home runs and four stolen bases.

Trea Turner vs ARI - 2-for-5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI

Turner led off the game with a home run. With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, he scored two runs on a double to right field. Turner has been one of the best hitters in baseball, showing off his five-category talent with a .312 batting average, nine home runs, and seven stolen bases. He's absolutely been one of the most valuable hitters in fantasy.

Priority Pickup

Andrew Vaughn (CHW) - Available in 78 percent of Yahoo leagues

Vaughn hit his second home run in the last three days on Friday and is now slashing .259/.367/.420 through 96 plate appearances. With a 13.3 percent walk rate, he's done an excellent job of getting on base. With a 10.9 percent barrel rate and 52.7 percent hard-hit rate, it was just a matter of time before he began to heat up with the bat. The 23-year-old rookie was one of the first prospects off the board in draft season, but fantasy managers might have grown impatient with the inconsistent playing time and lack of offensive production. Take advantage and pick up the rookie slugger anywhere he might be available.

Closing Time

Liam Hendriks worked around a hit to record his eighth save of the season against the Royals in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday.

Aroldis Chapman got an extra day of rest after pitching in four of five games this week. Jonathan Loaisiga got the save chance against the Orioles on Friday and pitched a perfect inning for his second save of the season. Loaisiga has been a key versatile arm in the Yankees bullpen and looks to be working in high-leverage situations after starting the season in long relief.

Matt Barnes recorded his ninth save of the season on Friday against the Angels. The 30-year-old right-hander struck out the side for his 33rd strikeout in 19 innings. He's bounced back tremendously after a down 2020 season with a 1.89 ERA.

Speaking of bouncebacks, Craig Kimbrel struck out the side against the Tigers for his seventh save of the season.

Daniel Bard has been shaky of late, and that's putting it lightly. But on Friday, he recorded his fourth save of the season against the Reds in Colorado.

Rafael Montero notched his fifth save of the season on Friday against Cleveland. Kendall Graveman recorded the final out in the sixth and pitched a scoreless seventh. As much as we want Graveman closing all the games, Montero just isn't going away.

Mark Melancon gave up a solo home run to Nolan Arenado on Friday but held on to record his 13th save of the season.

Kenley Jansen topped out at 96.8 miles per hour and struck out two batters to record his seventh save of the season on Friday against the Mariners.

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Matchup of the Day

Jose Berrios (MIN) vs Cole Irvin (OAK)

After starting the season 0-6, Oakland turned things around, winning 24 of the next 34 contest. Their fifth starter, Cole Irvin, has been a big part of that success. The 27-year-old right-hander has performed better than anyone could have expected with a 3.29 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts over 41 innings. Meanwhile, Minnesota has had a vastly disappointing season with a 12-24 record after making the playoffs in 2020. Jose Berrios has been a bright spot with a 3.49 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 43 strikeouts over 38 2/3 innings. Can the A's improve one of the best records in baseball? Or will the Twings look to build on a win against Oakland on Saturday? We'll find out at 4:05 ET.

American League Quick Hits: Shohei Ohtani's next start will be pushed back a few days for workload management ... Anthony Rendon was activated from the injured list ... Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from Friday's lineup with left quad tightness ... Joey Gallo missed Friday's game with hamstring soreness ... Anthony Santander is on track to join the Orioles at the end of next week ... Framber Valdez will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday ... Ty France was placed on the injured list with a wrist injury ... Evan White was placed on the injured list with a hip flexor injury ... Nate Pearson is dealing with mile right shoulder impingement ... Diego Castillo was activated from the injured list ... Aaron Hicks has a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist that could require surgery ... Jose Urquidy's MRI revealed inflammation of the shoulder ... The Royals optioned Daniel Lynch to Triple-A Omaha ... The Athletics activated Chad Pinder from the injured list ... Vimael Machin was optioned to Triple-A ... 3-4 teams are showing interest in Alber Pujols ... Cam Gallagher was activated from the injured list ... Eli White was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock by the Rangers ...

National League Quick Hits: Jacob deGrom played catch on Friday ... Ender Inciarte was activated from the injured list ... Patrick Corbin was placed on the paternity list ... Paul DeJong was placed on the injured list with a left rib fracture ... A.J. Pollock returned to the Dodgers lineup on Friday ... Raimel Tapia was scratched from the Rockies lineup for undisclosed reasons ... Jordan Hicks was transferred to the 60-day injured list ... J.D. Davis could be activated on Saturday ... Alex Dickerson could be activated from the injured list on Sunday ... Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to be placed on the injured list ... The Reds claimed RHP Michael Feliz off waivers from the Pirates ... Sal Romano was designated for assignment ... The Dodgers claimed Travis Blankenhorn off waivers ... Tyler Flowers has retired from baseball.