Another former top prospect’s value is starting to come to fruition down in Florida. Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is in his first full season as a starting outfielder, and is starting get the hang of things as Miami’s leadoff hitter. Through 76 games this year, Yelich has already set career-high marks in home runs, RBI, run scored, hits, doubles and stolen bases.
Yelich is hitting .274/.353/.430 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs. He is manufacturing runs at the top of the Marlins’ order, and guys behind him like Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee are driving him in.
Miami’s outfield is starting to really look great for the rest of the season and for the future of the organization. Yelich starting to come through as one of the premier leadoff hitters in baseball and is putting up a 2.2 WAR, already better than the 1.3 WAR he posted in 2013.
What is even better than the statistics is that Yelich is only 22 years old. Miami is going to have a solid outfield for the next couple of years as long as Stanton is part of it and the organization does not blow up the team again. The former first-round pick will be a part of the Marlins’ immediate future, and is only going to get better on the field and smarter at the plate as he gets older.