Christian Yelich, Left Field, Miami Marlins, #21


Date of Birth: 12/5/1991
Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, California
Current Salary: $3,500,000

Christian Yelich, left fielder for the Miami Marlins, was drafted straight out of high school by the Marlins in 2010. He played in their minor league system from 2010 through most of last year, finishing with an impressive .313 batting average.

Yelich played in 62 games with the Marlins in 2013, batting .288 with 69 hits. As a left fielder, he had 103 putouts and no errors in 59 games. He finished the 2014 season with 165 hits, 30 doubles, 54 RBIs, 21 stolen bases, and a .284 batting average in 144 games.

Yelich won his first Gold Glove in 2014. In 138 games as a left fielder, he made 255 putouts and 1 error and he had a fielding percentage of .996.

Yelich and the Marlins agreed to a seven-year, $49.57 million contract on March 22, 2015.

Yelich finished the 2015 season with 143 hits, 30 doubles, 16 stolen bases, 44 RBIs, and a .300 batting average in 126 games. As a left fielder, he made 182 putouts and 2 errors in 103 games.

Yelich had another strong season in 2016, winning his first Silver Slugger award for his offensive play. In 155 games, he batted .298 with career highs in hits (172), doubles (38), home runs (21), and RBIs (98). Defensively, as the Marlins' left fielder in 120 games, he made 192 putouts and 3 errors.

Career batting statistics for Yelich through 2016 include:

  • 487 games played
  • 549 hits
  • 110 doubles
  • 56 stolen bases
  • 212 RBIs
  • 442 strikeouts to 220 walks
  • .293 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Yelich as a left fielder through 2016 include:

  • 420 games played
  • 732 putouts
  • 6 errors
  • .992 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Christian Yelich
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