Christian Yelich

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Christian Yelich
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Yelich batting for the Jupiter Hammerheads, advanced-A affiliates of the Marlins, in 2012
Miami Marlins – No. 21
Left fielder
Born: (1991-12-05) December 5, 1991 (age 27)
Thousand Oaks, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 23, 2013, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
(through May 12, 2016)
Batting average .293
Hits 414
Home runs 24
Runs batted in 130
Stolen bases 50
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Christian Yelich (born December 5, 1991) is an American professional baseball left fielder for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). Yelich was drafted out of high school by the Marlins in the 1st round (23rd overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He stands 6 feet 3[1] inches and weighs 195 pounds.[2]

Career

Yelich is the oldest son of two Croatian born immigrants of Serbian descent, and attended Westlake High School.[3] During his freshman year he batted .373 with 25 hits and 16 strikeouts out of 67 at bats.[4] In his sophomore year he batted .341 with 31 hits and 24 strikeouts out of 91 at bats.[5] During Yelich's junior year he batted .489 and hit 46 times and struck out six times.[6] In his senior year he batted .451 with 37 hits, nine strikeouts and nine home runs out of 82 at bats.[7] He was awarded Second Team All-American by Max Preps and was ranked 34 among the top 100 players in the nation in high school.[8]

Yelich was drafted by the Marlins in 2010 with a $1.7 million signing bonus. He played for the GCL Marlins for six games, getting nine hits and seven strikeouts with a batting average .375 before being advanced to Class-A. He played in 6 games for the Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2010, batting .348. In 2011 he batted .261 with 43 hits, six strikeouts and four home runs.

On July 23, 2013, the Marlins promoted Yelich to the major leagues from the Double-A Jacksonville Suns.[9][10] He had a fantastic 2014 season, batting .284 with 21 steals out of the leadoff spot for the Miami Marlins. He also won a Gold Glove Award in left field. Yelich and the Marlins finalized a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension on March 22, 2015.[11]

References

  1. Miami Marlins 2016 Active Roster
  2. Fernandez, Andre C. (August 22, 2010). "Florida Marlins' introduce top draft pick Christian Yelich to team". Miami Herald. Retrieved June 4, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Levine-Flandrup, Kevin (April 28, 2010). "2010 MLB Draft Q&A: Christian Yelich". Scout.com. Retrieved June 4, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Christian Yelich Freshman Stats". Retrieved June 4, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Christian Yelich Sophomore Stats". Retrieved June 4, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Christian Yelich Junior Stats". Retrieved June 4, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Christian Yelich Senior Stats". Retrieved June 4, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. http://www.maxpreps.com/baseball-recruiting/baseball-spring-10/r2IdWSY1Ed-UswAcxJTdpg/2010-top-100-/top-recruits.htm
  9. Spencer, Clark (July 24, 2013). "Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick called up to join the Marlins". Miami Herald. Retrieved March 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Marlins call up two outfield prospects". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 23, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Frisaro, Joe (March 22, 2015). "Marlins lock up Yelich with seven-year pact". MLB.com. Retrieved March 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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