The Marlins Should Promote Christian Yelich Now
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Sunday, May 12th, 2013
Sam Evans ( Baseball Writer and Marlins, Mariners Correspondent): Follow @RJA206
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.
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.
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