The Marlins Should Promote Christian Yelich Now

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013

After being ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Marlins farm system by Baseball America coming into 2012,  Yelich hit .330 in High-A with a .922 OPS. Most scouting reports have him again as either the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in the Marlins system.  Yelich cracked both Baseball America and Keith Law’s top 50 prospects coming into 2012 and by mid-season Yelich had jumped into Law’s top 15 prospects (No.12).  If Yelich can stick in centerfield, he could be a huge asset for the Marlins as they build a foundation around an outfield of Stanton, Yelich and Jake Marisnick, who was acquired in the Reyes deal. Yelich could offer a very steady compliment to Stanton as early as 2013 depending on his performance at Double-A . He is not a power hitter as of yet, but his body projects as one that can fill out over time and gain strength

“After being ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Marlins farm system by Baseball America coming into 2012, Yelich hit .330 in High-A with a .922 OPS. Most scouting reports have him again as either the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in the Marlins system. Yelich cracked both Baseball America and Keith Law’s top 50 prospects coming into 2012 and by mid-season Yelich had jumped into Law’s top 15 prospects (No.12). If he cmarcellan stick in centerfield, he could be a huge asset for the Marlins as they build a foundation around an outfield of Stanton, Yelich and Jake Marisnick, who was acquired in the Reyes deal. He could offer a very steady compliment to Stanton right now based on his performance at Double-A  He is not a power hitter as of yet, but his body projects as one that can fill out over time and gain strength.”  Nicholas Rossoletti – (MLB Reports Writer)

Sam Evans ( Baseball Writer and Marlins, Mariners Correspondent):

The Marlins have turned heads all over baseball for their controversial promotions of young, inexperienced prospects over the last couple months. So far, the clubs decisions couldn’t have turned out much better. Marcell Ozuna is holding back at the plate, and it’s led to 13 hits in 45 at bat’s in 11 games.

Jose Fernandez looks like a serious N.L. Rookie of the Year candidate with his 3.15 FIP in seven starts and 39 strikeouts in only 37 innings. So with these two top prospects shining at the Major League level, why wouldn’t the Marlins bring up another elite prospect that will keep fans coming to the ballpark and plays a position of need?

Christian Yelich has proven he’s ready for the Majors and the Marlins would be silly not to call him up in the next week or two.

Miami Marlins- Christian Yelich talks Spring Training 2013:


Christian Yelich is rated as the 13th Ranked Prospect by Baseball America in 2013.  He is from Thousand Oaks, California - and was the 23rd Overall Selection by the Florida Marlins in 2010 MLB Amatuer Entry Draft.

Christian Yelich is rated as the 13th Ranked Prospect by Baseball America in 2013. He is from Thousand Oaks, California – and was the 23rd Overall Selection by the Florida Marlins in 2010 MLB Amatuer Entry Draft.

Currently, the Marlins are starting thirty-five year old Juan Pierre in left field. In thirty-two games, Pierre is hitting .248/.300/.281 with only four extra-base hits. Pierre was worth 1.4 WAR in 130 games last year, but this year, he is hitting in a much weaker lineup.

Meanwhile, in Double-A Jacksonville, Christian Yelich is hitting .348/.407/.658 in 18 games, with a 1.506 OPS and seven walks in his last ten games. If promoted to Miami, he wouldn’t be able to hit like he is in the Southern League, but chances are he would outperform Juan Pierre by a rather large margin.

There is no doubt in my mind that Christian Yelich would be a defensive upgrade over Pierre and an even bigger improvement at the plate. He has a much stronger arm than Pierre and he is very athletic with the ability to cover a lot of ground.

At the plate, Yelich should be able to hit upwards of .260 with a slugging percentage somewhere much higher above Pierre’s .281. Even though he can’t offer the same speed on the basepaths, Christian Yelich, not Juan Pierre, is the future of this Marlins team.

Yelich needs to be treated with the respect he has earned from his outstanding results this year. 

Christian Yelich is ready for the Majors. With the highest OPS in the Southern League at the age of 21, he is one of the top prospects in baseball for a good reason.

The Marlins need to keep fans coming to the ballpark and by promoting Yelich, more and more people are going to come to games to watch him and the other prospects that they have heard so much about.

The franchise aren’t going to be a competitive baseball team this year, so Yelich won’t be under as much pressure to hit from day one. Promoting the man makes a ton of sense and the Marlins should do it sooner rather than later.

Christian Yelich hit .364/.451/.814 in 18 MLB Spring Training games this season. He currently weighs in at 195 lbs. on a 6’4 frame).  He shows encouraging discipline over the strike zone as he continually posts OBP averages at or above .375. and should be able to steal around 20 bases if given the opportunity to run. I have repeatedly heard people opine that the Marlins “need” a Centerfielder for 2013.

‘Christian Yelich hit .364/.451/.814 in 18 MLB Spring Training games this season. He currently weighs in at 195 lbs. on a 6’4 frame). He shows encouraging discipline over the Strike Zone as he continually posts OBP averages at or above .375. – and should be able to steal around 20 bases if given the opportunity to run. Fellow Marlins fans have repeatedly heard people opine that the Marlins “need” a Centerfielder for 2013.’ (Nicholas Rossoletti – MLB Reports Writer.)

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