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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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 94/85 | Average Draft Position: 198.89
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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. 


Christian Yelich placed on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) As anticipated, the Marlins announced Monday they placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the 15-day disabled list due to a lower back strain.

Christian Yelich expected to land on DL


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.

Hitters to start in Week 12


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/15/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 12 (June 16-22)? Russell Martin, Matt Adams, Howie Kendrick, Aramis Ramirez, Erick Aybar and Christian Yelich might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Christian Yelich sitting Saturday


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 Yelich was 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.


Christian Yelich wakes up


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."