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Kelenic (Kingsport 2018) Named to 2019 All-MiLB Team

(TRACY PROFFITT) (Tracy Proffitt)
January 1, 2020

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. This edition of Toolshed covers the entire Minor Leagues, picking out the players who enjoyed

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. This edition of Toolshed covers the entire Minor Leagues, picking out the players who enjoyed the best 2019 seasons under the same parameters. It's what we call the All-MiLB Team.

Jarred Kelenic , West Virginia (50 games), Modesto (46 games), Arkansas (21 games): Kelenic earns points for climbing three levels and being fairly consistent all three. Even after reaching Double-A a month after his 20th birthday, the left-handed slugger homered six times and produced a .542 slugging percentage with Arkansas. The Mariners' top prospect finished with a .291/.364/.540 line, 23 homers and 20 stolen bases over his 117 total games, showcasing a plus hit tool with good power and above-average speed. He primarily played in center, but also saw time in left and right to give others (like fellow Top-100 prospect Julio Rodriguez ) time up the middle. All the same, he finished with nine outfield assists from the grass, rounding out his all-around ability.

Relief pitcher -- Jackson Rees  (Bluefield 2018), Lansing (14 games), Dunedin (25 games): The Blue Jays signed Rees as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Hawaii in June 2018, only to see him blossom into a MiLBY winner in his first full season. Rees threw 61 2/3 innings between his two stops in the Toronto pipeline, but even with a threshold lowered to 40 frames to include more relievers, he was still the leader with a 1.50 FIP and placed third with a 0.73 ERA. The 25-year-old right-hander finished with 88 strikeouts against only 15 walks and only allowed one homer in his 39 combined appearances between the Class A and Class A Advanced levels. No Minor League reliever was better at keeping things within his control than Rees in 2019.