In putting Kelenic 18th on the Hot Sheet, Baseball American noted the simply torrid start to his career, and they had a slightly tongue-in-cheek remark about how well he has been playing:
Kelenic can now say he’s truly a pro baseball player, because on Sunday for the first time as a pro, he went hitless. Sure, his pro career is just two weeks long right now, but until Sunday, Kelenic had never headed home after a game as a pro where he didn’t get a hit. He went 3-for-4 in his pro debut. In his next game he got two hits, but the next day he got three hits once again. He’s had a pair of one-hit games since, but followed those up with a pair of multi-hit games and a home run on Saturday.
Through 12 games as a professional Kelenic is hitting .413/.451/.609 with two doubles, two triples, a homer, and nine RBI. Additionally, he is a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts, and the center fielder already has two outfield assists.
As a result of this strong play, he was not only named to Baseball America’s Hot Sheet for the week ending July 8, but he also earned a promotion to Kingsport.
As Kelenic continues to impress, he will find himself named to more Hot Sheets, earn more promotions, and get significantly more national attention.