We knew that at some point, we would see both Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert up at some point this season. It was only a matter of time. But according to Jeff Passan, the future is now for the Mariners.
Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert are both expected to make to make their major league debuts tomorrow. Pretty exciting for the Mariners number 1 and 4 prospects to due so together.
This season for the Rainiers, Logan Gilbert has made 1 appearance, it was a start in which Tacoma won the game. He went 5 innings giving up 4 hits, 1 run, and he struck out 5. But, the Mariners saw Gilbert pitch against established major league players in Spring Training. It was then that the Mariners knew he’d be up at some point this season. In spring training he threw a total of 2 innings and he struck out 4.
What Does This Mean For The Roster?
In order to for both players to be activated, they’ll have to be added to the 40-man roster. The Mariners currently have 5 pitchers listed on the day IL, including Ace Marco Gonzales. In order to make room temporarily, the Mariners could move one of them to the 60-day IL, but again that would only be temporary. The Mariners could go the route of designating someone for assignment. Which means they would be removed from the 40-man roster. Players that could be DFA’d could include Braden Bishop, Sam Haggerty, or JT Chargois.
The first two listed above are position players who have not really found the bats to stay in the big-leagues, but both are exceptional players at the minor league levels. But, you won’t really know how the Mariners will add the two prospects until after tonight’s game or early tomorrow morning.
Who Else Could Be Called Up This Season?
Later on this year and early next year, there’s a chance that the Mariners top 10 prospects could be in the big leagues. But the names to keep an eye on for this season are fellow starter George Kirby (5), and catcher Cal Raleigh (8). Early next season, Julio Rodriguez and Emerson Hancock could be called up. But for now, it’s just Gilbert and Kelenic.
Logan Gilbert will join the starting rotation, that currently is being held up by Justus Sheffield, Yusei Kikuchi, Chris Flexen, and Justin Dunn.
While Jarred Kelenic will join an outfield that has two stars right now. He’ll join Mitch Haniger and reigning American League Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis. If both Gilbert, and Kelenic stay up and do well for the Mariners, who are currently 18-18, the prospects could be battling against each other for this year’s ROY award.
This is breaking news.
More to come, as we will provide how the Mariners will make room. So stay tuned.
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