Three strikes: Top Mariners prospects make debut; Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. injures ankle
Two of the Seattle Mariners' top prospects made their major league debuts in tandem Thursday night, with right-hander Logan Gilbert starting on the mound and outfielder Jarred Kelenic hitting leadoff at home against Cleveland.
Gilbert, 24, retired the side in order in the top of the first, with his fastball topping out at 97 mph. However, he gave up a solo home run to Cleveland's Franmil Reyes leading off the second inning. Gilbert gave up another run in the second as Jake Bauers singled home Josh Naylor, then served up a two-run home run to Jose Ramirez in the third inning. He was lifted after four innings, having given up four runs on five hits while striking out five and walking none over 71 pitches.
Kelenic, 21, swung at the first pitch he saw as a major leaguer, fouling out to right field.
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He ended the night 0-for-4 with one strikeout, though it was a tough night for Mariners batters overall — Seattle managed just two hits in a 4-2 loss as Cleveland's Zach Plesac took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.
Both Gilbert and Kelenic were taken in the first round of the 2018 draft — Gilbert by the Mariners with the 14th overall selection and Kelenic by the Mets with the sixth pick. Seattle later acquired Kelenic from the Mets in the Robinson Cano trade.
The pair's much-anticipated debuts became an even bigger story over the offseason when team president and CEO Kevin Mather all but admitted in a virtual meeting with the Bellevue (Washington) Breakfast Rotary Club that Gilbert and Kelenic weren't promoted in 2020 so the Mariners would have them under team control for an additional year.
Mather resigned shortly after his comments were made public.
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