3 reasons Braves fans should be excited about Jarred Kelenic joining the roster

Jarred Kelenic is one of Atlanta's biggest offseason acquisitions and hopes to get a fresh start with the Braves.

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Jarred Kelenic is a defensive upgrade in left field

Eddie Rosario was nominated for a Gold Glove in 2023 but left field didn't have an impressive field in 2023. Kelenic is a slight upgrade over Rosario when it comes to defense. He has a bit more range and he's already flashed the leather a bit in Spring Training.

His numbers aren't the most eye-popping but his career OAA sits at -1 which has him sitting around average but that's divided between playing all 3 outfield positions. He does have a 3 OAA when playing right field but we know that position belongs to the reigning NL MVP.

Kelenic's arm strength is a highlight when considering his defensive ability as his average arm strength sits around 90.5 mph which has him ranked in the 86th percentile amongst big leaguers.

Not only does he provide competent defense but Kelenic also gives the Braves insurance should Michael Harris II or Ronald Acuña Jr. need the rare day off or god forbid, they suffer an injury.

Jarred Kelenic should do a lot of good in an Atlanta Braves uniform in 2024 and fans should be very excited about what he brings to the table. He is in the right place to make a fresh start and show everyone around the league why he was considered one of the most exciting MLB prospects.

If he plays well enough, there's a chance the Braves could consider offering him a contract extension like they've done with other young and talented players after a great season.

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