"If I give you the lineup what are we going to talk about for the next six weeks?" Redmond quipped. "I want to mess around with some lineups in spring training, maybe hit Yellie a few times in a three-hole, hit Stanton a few times in the four-hole. I don't know how often all those guys will play together, but see where it works and how comfortable Yellie is in that two-hole.
"We know what [Martin] Prado can do. It's nice to have the flexibility. It will be fun to tinker and be able to mix and match and see where the best fit is."
Although Yelich proved to be a very productive leadoff batter in 2014, Redmond views the 23-year-old outfielder as a potential No. 3 hitter.
"I foresee this guy being a three-hole type hitter, run producer," Redmond said. "Will that be this year or next year? I don't know. That's probably up to him and how he does. There is always a little bit of caution giving him too much too quick, but I know he's a guy that can handle it, where ever we put him in the lineup."
Report: Yelich, Hechavarria turn down offers from Marlins
A significant gap between Yelich and the Marlins has caused contract talks on a long-term deal to stall. Hechavarria turned down the Marlins' multiyear contract because the offer was not significant enough. He can become a free agent after the 2018 season, while Yelich can become a free agent after 2019.
Marlins offer deals to Yelich, Hechavarria; Ozuna next
The Marlins motivation is simply not to impress outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who the team is also trying to sign to a long-term deal. The idea is to build a team that can sustain success.
Does Avisail Garcia have value this season?
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/16/2014)
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back. After suffering a brutal shoulder injury April 9, there was a good chance Garcia would miss the rest of the season. That's no longer the case. Garcia worked his way back, and has dominated during a rehab assignment, hitting .340 over 13 games. Garcia entered the year as a late-round, high-upside player, so his activation should intrigue Fantasy owners. Will Garcia produce enough to help teams down the stretch?
The answer partially depends on how you evaluated Garcia entering the season. Scouts have been mixed. Garcia hasn't shown the best command of the strike zone while coming up as a prospect, but has tremendous physical skills. He frequently drew comparisions to Miguel Cabrera due to his body type. The White Sox obviously think highly of Garcia. The club not only dealt for him last season, but plugged him into the middle of the order immediately.
On a performance-basis, it's tough to know what to expect. Garcia performed admirably in 2013, and got off to a promising start in 2014. Unfortunately, his 2014 performance consists of 34 plate appearances.
The White Sox aren't expecting a dropoff. In his first game off the disabled list, Garcia will hit behind Jose Abreu. That's a desirable job for nearly any hitter in the majors. He'll also hit behind Adam Eaton, who quietly has a .370 on-base percentage. That should give Garcia some nice RBI opportunities, at least when Abreu doesn't go deep.
Even in a best case scenario, it's tough to recommend Garcia as anything more than a reserve in mixed leagues. Outfield is deep, and there are other players on the waiver wire with better numbers than Garcia. While there's upside with Garcia, no one knows how good he can be at this point in his career. Given the choice between picking up an unknown in Garcia or a guy like Christian Yelich, a safe owner would choose Yelich almost every time.
Garcia's outlook hasn't really changed since the beginning of the season. If you liked him then, you should like him now. But given the depth in the outfield, it's tough to say owners should spring to pick him up on the waiver wire. In three outfielder leagues, he can stay out there. In anything deeper, he's definitely worth an add.
Christian Yelich slugs ninth home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (8/6/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 7-3 loss to the Pirates Wednesday.
Yelich smacked his home run in the second inning to bring his team to within one run, but they were unable to come up with any more offense over the game's final seven innings. It was his first home run since the All-Star break, and Yelich now owns a .270/.353/.415 line with nine home runs, 40 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 381 at-bats.
Christian Yelich smacks eighth home run Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (7/12/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich went 1 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Mets Saturday.
Yelich gave his team a 2-0 lead with his shot to right center field in the top of the fifth, but the Mets were able to even the score in the bottom half of the inning. Yelich owns a nine-game hitting streak as well as a .273/.351/.431 line with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 304 at-bats.
Christian Yelich slugs seventh home run Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (7/5/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich went 2 for 5 with a three-run home run in his team's 6-5 win over the Cardinals Saturday.
Yelich reduced his team's deficit to one run with his sixth-inning home run, and the Marlins were able to come through with two runs in the ninth to steal the win. The outfielder has delivered three straight two-hit performances, though Saturday's home run was just his second since May 16. He has hit .266/.345/.428 with seven home runs, 29 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 278 at-bats.
Christian Yelich starts in first game back from DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/29/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich (back) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday against Oakland. He was immediately inserted into the lineup, batting leadoff and playing in center field with Marcell Ozuna (leg) sidelined.
Yelich hit .200 (3 for 15) with one home run and five RBI in four rehab games between Class A Jupiter and Triple-A New Orleans.
Christian Yelich moving to Triple-A ahead of activation
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/26/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A New Orleans Thursday, as he nears a return from a back injury.
MLB.com reported Thursday Yelich will play for New Orleans Thursday and Friday, before taking Saturday off ahead of his return from the disabled list. Barring a setback, Yelich will return to the lineup Sunday against the A's, the first day he is back.
Christian Yelich begins rehab assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (6/23/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich began a rehab assignment with high Class A Jupiter Monday, going 1 for 2 with a walk, a run and an RBI.
Yelich is working his way back from a back issue. He should see plenty of minor-league action this week before his scheduled return to the Marlins Sunday.
Christian Yelich to begin rehab assignment Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (6/23/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter Monday, the Miami Herald reports.
Yelich is on the disabled list with a minor back injury. He is scheduled to play two games with Jupiter and another two with Triple-A New Orleans before rejoining the Marlins Sunday. Yelich is expected to return to the leadoff spot when he's activated from the disabled list.
Christian Yelich likely to need just minimum DL stay
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/19/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich took dry swings and played catch Thursday manager Mike Redmond told the Miami Herald Thursday.
"I know he's feeling good," Redmond said. "He'll probably get a couple [rehab] games in before he's up and ready to go."
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/15/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury, MLB.com reports Sunday. The team will recall outfielder Jake Marisnick to take his place on the active roster.
Christian Yelich unable to start Sunday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/15/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich started Sunday's game against the Pirates on the bench for a second straight day due to a back injury suffered Friday. Yelich is batting .282 (11 for 39) with one home run, four doubles and six RBI in 11 June games.
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/14/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich was not in the team's starting lineup Saturday.
Yelich left Friday night's game due to a back injury. He's considered day-to-day right now, and could return to action soon. Yelich is hitting .259/.342/.418 over 251 at-bats.
Christian Yelich exits game with back injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/13/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelichwas removed Friday night against the Pirates because of a strained back injury, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Yelich suffered the injury in the opening frame. He is hitting .259 with six homers and 24 RBI in 251 at-bats this season. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.
Christian Yelich drives in four runs in win over Rangers
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/11/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has snapped out of a slump in a big way in recent days, and he capped his solid run with a four-hit performance Tuesday against the Rangers.
Yelich went 4 for 6 in an 8-5 win, and accounted for much of Miami's offense. He drove in four runs in the game, two on a fourth-inning double, followed by two more with a single in the seventh. He also scored once in the win.
Yelich is now 8 for 14 over his last three games, raising his batting average nearly 20 points in that span. He is hitting .259/.341/.421 in 61 games, with 24 RBI and 41 runs.
Christian Yelich goes deep in loss to Cubs
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/7/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich launched his sixth home run of the season Saturday afternoon against the Cubs in Chicago.
Yelich took starter Jeff Samardzija deep for a solo home run in the third inning. He also added a single and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 5-2 defeat. He is hitting .245 with 20 RBI in 237 at-bats.
Christian Yelich has two run-scoring hits in win
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/22/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich contributed an RBI single and RBI triple during a 14-5 win Wednesday against the Phillies. He finished 3 for 6 with one strikeout and one run.
After batting .292 in April, Yelich is batting just .216 through 19 May games. He has one double, two triples, four home runs, nine RBI, 17 runs, 11 walks, 16 strikeouts and three stolen bases in May.
Christian Yelich belts fifth home run Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/17/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich belted his fifth home run Friday against the Giants.
Yelich led off the game with the solo shot, crushing a line drive out to center field. After hitting just one home run in April, Yelich has clubbed four long balls in May. He would go on to single and walk, reaching base three times during the game. He finished 2 for 4, with four runs scored and one RBI.
Christian Yelich homers in consecutive games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/13/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich homered for the second straight game Monday against the Dodgers. He also finished with multiple hits for a second straight day.
Yelich hit a solo home run off Dan Haren in the third inning for his fourth homer. He went 2 for 3 with one walk, one stolen base and three runs.
He's batting .244 (10 for 41) with one double, one triple, three home runs, four RBI, five walks and 10 runs in 11 May games.
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (5/12/2014)Mired in a 1-for-15 slump entering Sunday, Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich broke out in a 5-4 loss to the Padres. He went 2 for 5 with a 422-foot solo homer to right-center field.
Yelich, who has three homers and 11 RBIs, is hitting .271/.340/.417.
Christian Yelich average falls to lowest point in month
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (5/9/2014)The batting average of Marlins leadoff hitter Christian Yelich rose from .222 to .290 on April 9. But on May 9, it has reached its lowest point since then at .272. A 1-for-12 slide has sent it reeling.
Yelich has struck out too often to maximize his potential in that spot in the lineup. He has fanned 35 times in 121 at-bats. But he has also scored 23 runs, which is tied for eighth in the National League.
Christian Yelich slugs first homer in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/1/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich only had one hit Wednesday, but he made it count in a 9-3 win over the Braves.
Yelich was jut 1 for 5, but he hit his first home run to make up for the four outs. He hit a two-run shot to right field that barely scraped over the wall.
Yelich is hitting .292/.359/.406 with eight RBI and 17 runs scored in 25 games in his first full season.
Christian Yelich doesn't lament end of hitting streak
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/26/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich kept a level head throughout his 17-game hitting streak, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that he was unfazed by its ending Friday.
"Now that it's over, I'm not any more fazed by it than when it started," he told MLB.com Saturday, after a night of reflection following his streak-ending 0-for-4 performance.
Yelich did reach base despite going hitless, but a ball hit to David Wright was ruled an error. Yelich finished the streak hitting .368 with a .438 on-base percentage, and entered play Saturday hitting .315 for the season.
Christian Yelich 'an easy fit' batting leadoff for Miami
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/22/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich added two more hits Monday at Atlanta, extending his hitting streak to 15 games and raising his season average to .338.
Yelich is currently batting leadoff for Miami, but manager Mike Redmond told MLB Network Radio he sees Yelich moving down the lineup at some point in his career.
"Ultimately I see him as a three-hole hitter," Redmond said. "Right now, it's an easy fit for him at the top of the order."
Christian Yelich extends hitting streak to 14 games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/20/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich pushed his hitting streak to 14 games with a leadoff double in the eighth inning Sunday against the Mariners. Yelich would finish 1 for 4 with one run and two strikeouts.
Yelich is batting .379 (22 for 58) with one triple, four doubles, four home runs, nine RBI and 13 runs in his last 14 games. He also has nine walks, 16 strikeouts and three stolen bases.
Christian Yelich remains on roll with three-hit game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (4/19/2014)Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich ran his hitting streak to 12 games and continued to produce from the top of the lineup Friday night in an interleague clash against visiting Seattle.
Yelich slammed three hits, including a bunt single in the ninth before riding home on a game-winning game slam off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton. Yelich is 20 for 51 for a .391 batting average during his hitting streak, during which he has scored 10 runs.
He added his first extra-base hit Friday since April 9, a fourth inning double.
Christian Yelich reaches base five times
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/10/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich was pretty much perpetually on base Wednesday, in a 10-7 loss to the Nationals.
Yelich reached base on five separate occasions, with three hits and a pair of walks. He scored on three of his trips to the bases, while driving in one run on his second-inning single.
Yelich started off slow and has taken some games off against tougher lefties, but is staring to find himself. He has reached base 10 times in his last four games, raising his season line to .290/.353/.419, while scoring eight times in seven games.
Christian Yelich produces after drop in batting order
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/5/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich got going with his second multi-hit game of the season Saturday against the Padres, snapping a 1-for-14 stretch in his previous three games in a 5-0 win.
Yelich was dropped down to the No. 2 spot in the lineup and responded with two hits, including a double in the seventh inning and an RBI single in the eighth. He did strike out in his other three plate appearances, though he also scored twice in the win.
Yelich hasn’t had a great start to his first full season, hitting just .217 with five strikeouts in 23 at-bats. He has scored four times while driving in three runs in five games.
Struggling Christian Yelich to sit Friday against Padres
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (4/4/2014)Slumping Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich will get the day off Friday against San Diego. He will be replaced in left field by Reed Johnson and in the leadoff spot by Adeiny Hechavarria.
Yelich smacked two hits and scored twice in the season opener, but is 1 for 14 since.
Christian Yelich prepared to play anywhere in the outfield
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/3/2014)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich primarily played in left field following his promotion to the majors last season after mostly playing in center field during his minor-league career.
"I feel comfortable out there -- in left and at right. I've been working out at all three outfield positions this offseason," Yelich said. "I'd like to improve my outfield defense. I've been working hard on it and trying to make some strides there. I've only been out there four years."
Baseball analyst Jim Bowden said he sees Yelich as a "20-homer, 20-stolen base, .300 average type of guy."
Christian Yelich a batting average risk
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/13/2013)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has gotten off to a promising start to his career, but his solid batting average may not last.
Yelich's stat-line has been propped up by a .372 BABIP, which is likely to decline. On top of that, his 22 percent strikeout rate is another indicator that he's not a .290 hitter just yet. Yelich has shown some promising skills in his brief debut, walking 10.5 percent of the time, so there's certainly value to be had there.
Moving forward the rest of this year, and in keeper leagues, he's unlikely to repeat that perfomance unless he cuts down on his swings and misses.
Christian Yelich has three hits
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/4/2013)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich had three hits Wednesday against the Cubs.
Yelich hit two singles and a double, finishing the game 3 for 5. He scored one run and drove in two. Yelich is hitting .291/.360/.411 in 158 at-bats.
Christian Yelich hits solo homer
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (9/2/2013)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich recorded three hits Monday during a 4-3 win at Chicago. Yelich hit his third home run of the season in the first inning.
Yelich hit a solo shot with one out in the first as he was the No. 2 hitter for the Marlins on the game. He finished 3 for 4 and is batting .281.
The 21-year-old top prospect has hit in five of his last six games. He's gone 10 for 22 over that stretch with two homers and three runs driven in.
Christian Yelich having early struggles vs. LHPs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/18/2013)Marlins rookie outfielder Christian Yelich entered Sunday's game against the Giants batting .364 against right-handed pitchers and .176 against left-handed hurlers. With the Marlins facing four left-handed starters, including Sunday against Madison Bumgarner, in their next five games, Yelich will be tested in the coming days.
"No different if it's lefty or righty, I'm still trying to look for a pitch to hit," he said, per MLB.com. "I kind of have the same approach against every guy. I try not to make it any more complicated than that. When you do that, I think it takes you out of your game. If you approach it like, 'It's a lefty, I'm going to do something different here,' it doesn't work."
Christian Yelich keeps on hitting
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/14/2013)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich's hitting streak ended at 10 games Sunday, but he has been able to get back on track in two games since.
Yelich went 3 for 4 with a game-winning RBI Tuesday, in a 1-0 win over the Royals in 10 innings. He added a walk as well, while raising his batting average to .299. It had fallen to .282 after his hitless game Sunday.
Yelich has hit safely in 16 of 21 games since his call up from Double-A. He has a .735 OPS in 87 at-bats.
Christian Yelich continues surge with first MLB home run
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/8/2013)Marlins rookie outfielder Christian Yelich continued his offensive surge Thursday against the Pirates with three hits, including his first major-league home run. Yelich, who walked once and scored twice, connected for a two-run homer off fellow rookie Gerrit Cole in the fifth inning.
Yelich, who tied a career-high with three hits, has hit safely in eight straight games. He's batting .412 (14 for 33) with one home run, one triple, two doubles and three RBI in his last eight games.
Christian Yelich going streaking
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/8/2013)Marlins rookie outfielder Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to seven games Wednesday, in a 4-2 loss to the Pirates.
Yelich went 2 for 4 with a pair of singles in the loss, raising his batting average to .290 in 62 at-bats. Yelish has not scored a run in three games, despair reaching base five times in that span. He is hitting .379 during his streak.
Christian Yelich not feeling 'overmatched'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/1/2013)Marlins rookie outfielder Christian Yelich shook off three straight 0-for-4 performances to bounce back with two hits, including one double, during Wednesday's 3-2 win against the Mets. Yelich said he wasn't panicking as he was mired in a 0-for-12 slump.
"I think there have been some good at-bats," Yelich said, per MLB.com. "It's a short sample, nothing to worry about. I've struck out a couple of times, too, but that's going to happen."
Yelich is batting .243 (9 for 37) with two doubles, two RBI, three walks, four runs and 11 strikeouts in nine games since his promotion from the minors.
"It's not like I feel overmatched at all up there or anything like that," Yelich said. "I've hit the ball hard sometimes, and they haven't found the holes. And there are some pretty good pitchers, too."
Christian Yelich takes over leadoff spot
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (7/30/2013)Marlins manager Mike Redmond moved rookie outfielder Christian Yelich to the leadoff spot Tuesday against the Mets. Yelich is batting .241/.290/.276 with two RBI in 31 at-bats since his promotion.
"He's been leading off all year in the Minor Leagues," Redmond said, per MLB.com. "So get him up there and maybe that gets [Hechavarria] a few more better pitches to hit."
Christian Yelich showcasing 'spring training' form
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (7/25/2013)When Marlins rookie Christian Yelich singled in his first three at-bats Tuesday against the Rockies, he became the fourth player younger than 22 to have a hit in each of his first three major-league at-bats, according to Elias. He joined Darryl Boston (1984), Jose Offerman (1990) and Jay Bruce (2008).
"What I saw was a lot like what we all saw in spring training," manager Mike Redmond said, per the Sun-Sentinel. "It was just a no-panic, confidence, great at-bats. He looked totally comfortable in his surroundings and he didn't look like he was nervous at all. He put together some great at-bats and that's exactly what we liked about him in spring training."
Yelich hit .364 (16 for 44) with one triple, three doubles, five home runs, 13 runs and 14 RBI in 22 spring games. He had a .818 slugging percentage and 1.269 OPS.
Christian Yelich picks up three hits in debut
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (7/24/2013)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich picked up three hits during his major-league debut Tuesday against the Rockies.
Yelich collected three singles, finishing the game 3 for 4. He drove in two runs during the contest. Yelich will attempt to extend his hit streak against Jorge De La Rosa Wednesday.
Christian Yelich well worth adding
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (7/23/2013)You've heard me say it with every other big-name prospect who's gotten the call this year: Yes, you want to add the Marlins' Christian Yelich. But the reactions from those who've gotten "burned" by Kevin Gausman and Michael Wacha lead me to believe I haven't done a good job explaining why you want to add him.
It's not because he's some sort of lock find his footing right away and single-handedly propel your team to glory. It's just because he clearly has more upside than anyone else available on waivers this time of year, and now might be your only chance to get him.
Right now, he's highly available, but if he homers in his major-league debut, you'll suddenly have competition for his services. You might even lose him to somebody else. And then, in the unlikely event he goes on to lead that somebody else's team to glory, you'll have to live the fact that you passed him up just because you didn't know if you could trust him right away.
Guess what? Nobody knows. But nobody says this move has to be forever. You have a bench. The rest of the waiver wire isn't going anywhere. Take a shot on the elite talent and see where it takes you.
Marlins 'excited' for arrival of outfield prospects
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (7/23/2013)Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest explained why the team decided to bring up outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick.
"They both swung the bat very well in Double-A, they're both healthy, which we've been waiting for all year, and this is a good time to bring them and have them get the experience, so we're excited about that," Beinfest said.
Beinfest isn't the only person on the Marlins' staff "excited" about the arrival of the highly touted outfield prospects. Manager Mike Redmond can't wait to see Yelich and Marisnick in action.
"These are two guys who definitely are going to improve our defense in the outfield," Redmond said. "Jake plays a great center field, and Yelich too. I think those guys will bring excitement and hopefully another boost of energy to this team and this lineup."
Marlins to bring up prospects Christian Yelich, Jake Marisnick
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (7/23/2013)The Marlins are expected to select the contracts of prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick on Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post reports. Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich have been optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.
Yelich, who is the No. 13 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB.com, started this season with Class A Jupiter and was with Jacksonville. He was batting .277 over 191 at-bats at the Double-A level with seven homers and 29 RBI. He's batting .314 over his last 10 games.
Marisnick, who is the No. 70 prospect in all of baseball, was playing outfield also with Jacksonville after starting with Jupiter. He was batting .295 with 12 homers and 46 RBI over 264 at-bats at the Double-A level.
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (7/19/2013)With Marlins beat writer Joe Frisario suggesting in a recent blog post on MLB.com that top prospect Christian Yelich is "highly likely" to reach the big leagues "in either late July or early August," I'm thinking now is the time to add the 21-year-old in Fantasy.
Now, we've been down this road with several top prospects already this year, and not all of them have panned out. But that's the expectation for any player just setting foot in the big leagues. I give Yelich, at best, only a 50-50 chance of making a worthwhile impact right out of the gate.
The good news is Yelich is one of the best. He was sort of the Yasiel Puig of the Grapefruit League this spring, sticking around longer than anyone expected because of his .364 batting average, five homers and 1.269 OPS in 44 at-bats. His numbers aren't quite as impressive at Double-A Jacksonville, but he has battled injuries off and on. Beside, numbers aren't nearly as important as what talent evaluators are saying, and for him, they're apparently saying he's about ready.
Now, if you play in the type of league where outfielders like Nick Swisher and Ichiro Suzuki are readily available off the waiver wire, maybe Yelich isn't for you, but if in your league, Nate Schierholtz and Dayan Viciedo types are the best you can do, he's well worth the 50-50 proposition.
Yelich is hitting .268 with an .860 OPS in 179 at-bats for Double-A Jacksonville. He could be called up to the majors by late July or early August, at the latest, according to the report.
Christian Yelich back with Double-A Jacksonville
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (7/10/2013)Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich is back playing for Double-A Jacksonville after being sidelined for several weeks with an abdominal strain, according to MiLB.com. Yelich hit .227 (5 for 22) with two home runs, four RBI and four walks in six games while on a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter.
Christian Yelich returns to action
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/28/2013)Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich returned to the field Friday, going 2 for 5 in his first rehab game for the Gulf Coast League Marlins. Yelich, who is recovering from an abdominal strain, will likely spend a few days rehabbing with the GCL team before returning to Jacksonville, where he was hitting .262 with an .861 OPS in his first 41 games of the season.
Christian Yelich rehabbing with GCL team
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/26/2013)Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich, who has been sidelined for Double-A Jacksonville since early June with an abdominal strain, is on a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Marlins (rookie), according to MiLB.com. Yelich had a .262/.518/.861 slash line in 41 games for Jacksonville prior to getting hurt.
Christian Yelich out two weeks with abdominal strain
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/5/2013)Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich was placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Jacksonville because of an abdominal strain, according to MLB.com. He's expected to miss two weeks.
Yelich suffered the injury while diving for a baseball in the outfield earlier in the week.
Christian Yelich pulled as precaution
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/3/2013)Double-A Jacksonville manager Andy Barkett said Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich, who left Monday's game with lower abdominal discomfort, injured himself diving for a ball in center field Sunday, but he "didn't mention anything about it" until Monday, according to The Miami Herald.
"He thought it was a little dull pain. But as he was playing the game he was feeling it a little bit more," Barkett told the Suns' radio network. "So as a precautionary measure we took him out to get him checked out, see how he's feeling."
Christian Yelich suffers abdominal injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/3/2013)Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich left Monday's game for Double-A Jacksonville because of abdominal discomfort, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Yelich is batting just .171 (6 for 35) in his last 10 games.
For the season, Yelich has a .262/.518/.861 slash line through 41 games for Jacksonville. He has six triples, six home runs, 12 doubles and 28 RBI.
Christian Yelich has 'chance to be a great player'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013)Asked again Tuesday about Christian Yelich's eventual promotion to the majors, Marlins manager Mike Redmond once again failed to provide a firm timetable for his arrival during an interview with MLB Network Radio. However, Redmond hinted Yelich is still on track to make his MLB debut in 2013.
"His day is coming, when it's going to be I'm not sure. He had a great spring and he's a great player, special player," Redmond said. "He's got a chance to be a great player, part of the youth movement and he'll be here at some point."
Careful not to go overboard on Christian Yelich
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/10/2013)If the purpose of the Down on the Farm column is to draw attention to the prospects who could soon make an impact in Fantasy, then I consider this week's edition on the Marlins' Christian Yelich to be 700 words well spent.
Unfortunately, context sometimes gets lost in the hype, and seeing how much Yelich's ownership has risen since the publication of that column, I'm afraid that might be the case here. True, Yelich is one of the more likely minor-league hitters to make an impact in Fantasy this year. In fact, I might rank him as high as second behind Wil Myers. But it's a distant second. Keep in mind one of my prerequisites for his promotion is a slumping Marcell Ozuna, which we have yet to see.
I'm not saying Yelich is overowned at 28 pecent, but show some discernment when adding him. If it's a free roster spot anyway, you might as well gamble on a high-upside player like him, but I would imagine most owners in 10- and 12-team single-season leagues could make better use of that roster spot.
We'll see Christian Yelich in majors before long
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013)Marlins manager Mike Redmond did not exactly divulge a huge secret when he hinted Tuesday that outfield prospect Christian Yelich's time in the minors is nearing a close.
Frankly, if you're in the Marlins organization, have a pulse, and have seen Class A, you've got a decent chance of getting a call to the majors this season.
Of course, Yelich has more than just a pulse, as he is one of the top prospects in all of baseball. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games Tuesday, while homering for the third game in a row. He has played just 15 games at Double-A Jacksonville, but it would not be a surprise to see him before long, especially as the rumbles about his potential promotion grow louder.
There are a few factors to consider when wondering when we might see Yelich, and both of them have to do with playing time.
The Marlins aren't going to call him up if he is not going to play everyday, so there needs to be a spot for him. Whether it is in the outfield or at first base, he's going to need a consistent spot in the lineup. With Logan Morrison's recovery from knee injury taking longer than expected, the Marlins definitely might have a spot open at first base for a while. The other consideration is service time, as the budget-conscious Marlins don't want to call their top prospect up too early if they can avoid the Super Two arbitration deadline.
The Marlins waited until June 8 to call up Giancarlo Stanton in 2010, and that seems like a reasonable expectation for the next elite hitting prospect to come down the line. It would probably be a surprise to see him anytime before that, as that's obviously not a hard and fast deadline. At the very least, it seems obvious Yelich is going to force the issue this season, so expect to see him at some point. He remains one of the top keeper values in all of Fantasy, and definitely is an intruiging stash in yearly leagues.
Christian Yelich's arrival 'just a matter of when'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013)The Marlins were forced to call up another prospect -- Derek Dietrich -- because Chris Valaika became the 12th Marlins' player to land on the disabled list Wednesday. Dietrich's arrival led reporters to ask about the team's top position prospect -- Christian Yelich -- and his eventual promotion to the majors.
"That’s probably a better question for Larry [Beinfest], but obviously we like those guy a lot and they’re going to be a part of the future. As to when they arrive, I’m not sure. That’s probably a better question for Larry," Redmond said, per The Miami Herald. "It depends probably on the health of our outfield and how those guys stay together. If another guy goes down, you see how it’s going. We’re running out of bodies. These guys would be next in line. He’s doing well. He’s going to be here. It’s just a matter of when."
Christian Yelich showing he's ready for majors?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013)Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich has turned the corner offensively in the minors. After missing the start of the season because of a foot injury and enduring a slow start for Double-A Jacksonville, Yelich is batting .391 (18 for 46) with a .783 slugging percentage in his last 10 games and extended his hitting streak to 13 games Tuesday with a 5-for-6 performance.
Yelich homered, tripled twice, produced two runs and two RBI Tuesday. He's managed five doubles, four triples, two home runs and 13 RBI during his 13-game hitting streak.
"The year started off a little rough, coming back off the disabled list," Yelich said, per MLB.com. "I started feeling a little bit better the last couple days and hopefully I can keep it rolling. Last year, I got back [from an injury] kind of fast, but it was longer this year. You have to find your timing and get back to the rhythm. It feels good to be 100 percent healthy. Hitting is a lot of feel, a lot of being on time and getting a good pitch to hit and being in a position to hit. Baseball is a tough game and you have your ups and downs, and you try to ride the hot streaks and minimize the slumps."
Christian Yelich's time is coming
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/30/2013)The Marlins may have passed over Christian Yelich this time, opting for lesser prospect Marcell Ozuna to take the injured Giancarlo Stanton's place on the major-league roster, but Yelich's time is coming. In fact, I'm willing to bet he comes up before Stanton comes back.
I get the Marlins' decision. Yelich has played only 10 games at Double-A Jacksonville after missing time earlier in the year because of a foot injury. No need to put extra pressure on the kid. But let's not forget that, apart from Yasiel Puig, he was the most impressive hitting prospect in spring training this year, batting .364 (16 for 44) with five home runs and a one-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's closer to being major-league ready than his numbers so far at Double-A Jacksonville suggest. Not that they should suggest anything since, again, he's played only 10 games.
Ozuna, meanwhile, has plate discipline issues and couldn't muster more than a .266 batting average in the lower levels of the minors each of the last two years. He seems raw to me, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the Marlins pull a switcheroo a couple of weeks from now.
Christian Yelich extends hitting streak to six games
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013)Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to six games Friday by going 1 for 4 with a double for Double-A Jacksonville. The top prospect is still looking for his first home run of the year, hitting .212/.257/.333 in 33 at-bats with Jacksonville.
Christian Yelich back after injury delay
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013)After missing the start of the season while batting a nagging foot injury, Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich joined the lineup for Double-A Jacksonville on Saturday.
Yelich, regarded as the top position prospect in the Miami organization by MLB.com, was sidelined with plantar fasciitis, which developed toward the end of spring training.
Prior to the injury, the 21-year-old showcased his immense talent during Grapefruit League play, finishing with a .364 batting average along with 14 RBI. He had been playing in extended spring training games the past week.
Christian Yelich's untapped power potential
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/3/2013)I found a statistical nugget on Marlins' outfield prospect Christian Yelich that I shared on Fantasy Baseball Today that continues to amaze me. The 12 home runs that Yelich produced over 106 games in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League hints at some power potential, but the fact that he did this with a 17 percent flyball rate (according to StatCorner.com) is almost staggering.
If Yelich can hit with that much power while producing flyballs at less than half the league's normal rate, imagine what he could have done if he had lofted the ball more often. Meanwhile, Yelich has shown enough gap power and contact skill to keep his batting average in the minors above .320.
It may take awhile for Yelich to develop big-time home run power, so don't expect too much if we see him with the Marlins later this season. In keeper leagues, though, Yelich is an enticing outfield option for the future.
Christian Yelich has minor injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013)Marlins prospect Christian Yelich will miss the season opener for Double-A Jacksonville Thursday because of a "stone bruise" on his left heel, reports MLB.com.
"He's coming along. He's starting to swing the bat now. It probably won't be long for him," Marlins vice president of player development Marty Scott said.
The Marlins are hopeful Yelich will be playing in extended spring games by the weekend. Yelich had a monster spring, batting .364 (16 for 44) with five homers and 14 RBI in 22 spring games.
Wild ride ends for Christian Yelich
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013)Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich, who made a promising impact during Grapefruit League play, was sent to the team's minor-league camp on Friday. He is slated to open the season at Double-A Jacksonville.
Before the expected demotion, the budding 21-year-old flashed his vast potential, ripping nine extra-base hits, including five homers, during exhibition play. He also boasted a .364 batting average with 14 RBI.
"I can’t be disappointed," he told the Palm Beach Post. "I came in here with realistic expectations. You just hope to come in and leave a good impression. I think I was able to do that."
Juan Pierre: Christian Yelich is 'something special'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013)CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Marlins veteran outfielder Juan Pierre said outfield prospect Christian Yelich is "something special." Pierre is so impressed, he doesn't seem worried about keeping his job. "If he pushes me out, so be it," Pierre said.
Yelich, who is expected to be demoted to the minors to begin the season, is having an outstanding spring. He's batting .381 (16 for 42) with one triple, three doubles, five homers, 13 RBI and 13 runs in 21 spring games.
Christian Yelich drawing notice
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013)Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich made the most of his lone opportunity during a 4-2 win over the Mets in Grapefruit League action Saturday. Yelich came off the bench and crushed a home run in his only at-bat, an opposite-field solo shot in the eighth inning off hard-throwing righty Jeurys Familia.
The promising 21-year-old leads the team with four homers -- also tied for second most in the majors -- and is hitting .368 this spring. He was projected to start the season at Double-A Jacksonville, but has already survived a round of cuts. "I'm just trying to ride it out as long as possible and see what happens," Yelich told The Miami Herald.
Yelich handling spring pitching
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/10/2013)Marlins outfield prospect Christian Yelich homered for the second time this spring Sunday against the Braves, parking a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Cory Rasmus. He went 1 for 4 with three runs. Yelich is batting .379 (11 for 29) with one triple, two homers, three doubles and nine RBI in 13 spring games.
Yelich can be 'special player'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9:48 am ET)The Palm Beach Post reports Marlins manager Mike Redmond has been thrilled with what he has seen from top prospect Christian Yelich through the very early part of the spring training schedule. Yelich is batting .600 (3 for 5) with one run, one RBI and one walk in three spring games. Its impressive. For such a young guy coming up to major league camp, he seems really comfortable, Redmond said. He has been impressive. I have no hesitation to throw him out there in a game right out the chute, him and Jake (Marisnick). We want to see those young players as much as we possibly can through the course of spring training because they are up and coming guys. He has a chance to be a special player.
Yelich 'long shot' to make roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/4/2013)MLB.com has ranked pitcher Jose Fernandez and outfielder Christian Yelich as the Marlins' top two prospects. "These guys not only have ability, but they've got the best mental aspect of the game that I've ever seen," Marlins vice president of player development Marty Scott said. "These two kids are just a joy to be around. They're fun to be around. They love the game of baseball, yet they're respectful to the game. On top of that, they've got a lot of talent." However, Scott said it's a "very long shot" any of their prized prospects will make the opening day roster. "If there's a need in July or August and they're performing well and we're all on the same page that they can contribute, they might get called up," Scott said. "I think spring training's going to be a lot of fun. But just because Yelich goes 4-for-4 in a spring training game, I don't want to evaluate and say that he's ready now. You've got to take your time, not rush, don't put undue pressure on these kids. Just let them have fun, enjoy the experience and go from there."