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21 Christian Yelich LF
Height/Weight: 6-4/197 | Birthdate: 12/5/1991 | Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Miami | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 99/86 | Average Draft Position: 99.21
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Marlins' Yelich returns from two-game absence Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich made his return to the starting lineup Thursday against the Mets after missing two games with a back injury. 

“I felt fine, did all the early stuff, showed everybody everything I had to show, that I was ready to play,” he said, per The Palm Beach Post. “Nobody wanted to make it a bigger issue that it had to be. Take a few days instead of a few weeks to make sure this thing is squared away and I’m 100 percent. I think I probably could have played through it, or tried. I wouldn’t have been 100 percent by any means.”

Yelich returns in time to face Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee. He is 0 for 6 in his career against Gee. However, he has drawn four walks off the right-hander.

The Mets are favored (-108) for Thursday's game.


Christian Yelich not ready to return to Marlins starting lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich missed a second straight start Wednesday against the Braves due to a back injury. Ichiro Suzuki once again started in his absence.

The Braves are considered favorites (-105) for Wednesday's game.


Marlins' Christian Yelich scratched from lineup due to sore back


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich was scratched from the starting lineup Tuesday against the Braves due to a sore back. He was replaced by Ichiro Suzuki in the starting lineup.

Tuesday was the first time in eight games this season Yelich didn't start. He is batting .259 (7 for 27) with no home runs, one double and four RBI.

The Marlins are considered favorites (-113) for Tuesday's game.


Marlins' Christian Yelich hits walk-off single to beat Rays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat the Rays 10-9 Friday night. 

Yelich hit his single off of Brad Boxberger, which drove in Dee Gordon for the winning run. Yelich has a great game at the plate, going 2 for 5 with three RBI. Yelich hit a two-run single in the fourth inning. 

Yelich also drew a walk in the game. 


Marlins LF Christian Yelich provides two hits in 12-2 loss


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich went two for four at the plate in the team's 12-2 loss against the Braves on Tuesday.

Yelich hit two singles, collecting his first hits of the season. 


Marlins' Michael Morse batting cleanup on Opening Day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Marlins have announced their starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day matchup against the Braves in Miami, with offseason acquisition Michael Morse slotted into the cleanup spot.

Morse is coming off a hot spring in which he hit .347/.429/.673 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 29 at-bats. He'll hit behind No. 3 hitter Giancarlo Stanton and ahead of third baseman Martin Prado.

The full Marlins lineup: 2B Dee Gordon, LF Christian Yelich, RF Stanton, 1B Morse, 3B Prado, CF Marcell Ozuna, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, SP Henderson Alvarez.


Marlins OF Christian Yelich returns to lineup Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich made his return to the spring lineup Wednesday against the Tigers after missing a few games due to a blister on his hand. Yelich went 1 for 4 in his return.

Yelich is batting .313 (10 for 32) with one double, one RBI, five walks, five strikeouts, six runs and two stolen bases in 13 spring games.


Marlins OF Christian Yelich (blister) due back Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, who is sidelined due to a blister on his hand, will go through all baseball activities Tuesday and is expected to be back in the spring lineup Wednesday, according to The Palm Beach Post.

Yelich, who signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension Sunday, is batting .321 (9 for 28) with one double, one RBI, five walks, five strikeouts, six runs and two stolen bases in 12 spring games.


Marlins' Christian Yelich dealing with blister on hand


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is not in the starting lineup Monday due to a blister on his hand, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The team announced Yelich's new seven-year contract Sunday, which will earn the outfielder $49.57 million over the life of the contract. He should be good to go after a day or two of rest.


Marlins announce seven-year deal with OF Christian Yelich


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) The Marlins announced Sunday that outfielder Christian Yelich has agreed to a seven-year contract with the team, keeping him under team control through 2021, MLB.com reports.

Yelich is due to make $49.57 million under the terms of the new deal, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman previously reported. He had previously been scheduled to make $570,000 in 2015.

Yelich completed his first full season with the Marlins in 2014, hitting .284/.362/.402 with nine home runs, 54 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 582 at-bats.


Marlins near contract extension with Christian Yelich for $49.5 million


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) The Marlins are close to a contract extension with outfielder Christian Yelich, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal is for seven years and worth $49.5 million, according to Heyman.

Yelich has played two seasons with the Marlins, posting a career .285 average with 13 home runs and 70 RBI. He also led all left fielders in 2014 with a .996 fielding percentage, posting just one error in 138 games played.


Redmond plans to test Yelich batting third, Stanton cleanup this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday some of his spring lineups will feature Christian Yelich batting third and Giancarlo Stanton batting fourth, per the Sun-Sentinel.

"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


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) The Marlins are no longer discussing multiyear contracts with outfielder Christian Yelich and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, reports the Miami Herald.

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


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Marlins have made long-term offers to outfielder Christian Yelich and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, and are expected to offer a contract extension to outfielder Marcell Ozuna early this week, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The offer to Yelich is patterned after the six-year, $31 million deal Pirates outfielder Starling Marte received, but for less money.


Marlins trying to work out new deals for Yelich, Hechavarria


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Now that the Marlins have signed star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term deal, the team is still trying to sign shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and outfielder Christian Yelich to multiyear deals, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

As far as outfielder Marcell Ozuna and starting pitcher Jose Fernandez are concerned, however, it appears it could be a little more difficult to work out contract extensions, especially for Fernandez.


Report: Marlins begin talks on long-term deals for Fernandez, Yelich


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) The Marlins have begun talks about long-term contracts for pitcher Jose Fernandez, outfielder Christian Yelich and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, according to FOX Sports. Although, nothing is close and it is considered a long shot a deal with get done with Fernandez, who is repped by agent Scott Boras.

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)
Can Avisail Garcia live up to the hype? (USATSI)
Can Avisail Garcia live up to the hype? (USATSI)

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."

Yelich's injury is not expected to be a serious one, and Redmond expects him to be able to return from the disabled list July 1, when he is first eligible.