Mets sign their top draft pick: Wisconsin high schooler Jarred Kelenic

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 18:22:06-04

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have signed first-round draft pick Jarred Kelenic, a high school outfielder from Wisconsin.

The 18-year-old Kelenic was the sixth overall pick in the June 4 draft. He was assigned to the rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets.

The team announced the deal before its game at Arizona on Friday night. The lefty-swinging Kelenic will take batting practice at Citi Field and meet with media before the Mets play Pittsburgh on June 27.

Kelenic will receive a signing bonus of $4.5 million, $1,025,200 below the slot value.

Kelenic graduated from Waukesha West but never played for his high school team. The Mets say he is the first Wisconsin native to go in the top 10 of the baseball draft.