He made people look during spring training this season, but was sent back down to the minors to start the season because Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond felt like he was not ready to play in the outfield yet. However, at three different levels in the minor leagues this season, Christian Yelich batted .275/.359/.504 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs, including 13 doubles.
Yelich skipped Triple-A and landed with the Marlins July 23, where he went 2-for-4 with an RBI against the Colorado Rockies.
Since then, Yelich is batting .281/.359/.397 with four home runs and 15 RBIs through 57 games. He also has 12 doubles and crossed the plate 32 times. He has quickly becoming one of the better hitters on the team, and is now part of the new youth movement that has the Marlins a bit rejuvenated and looking forward to the 2014 season.
Also, Yelich is making his fellow top outfield prospect Jake Marisnick look bad, as it has taken time for him to get adjusted to major-league pitching.
Yelich has earned himself a starting spot next March when the Marlins ironically open the season at home against the Rockies. There is no one better than him that would take over his spot. With Juan Pierre possibly retiring, Yelich would be part of the future that is brightening for the Marlins.
He will have a bigger job to do if he remains the leadoff hitter for Miami, but he will learn and get better as he has a lot of room to grow.