Christian Yelich, Left Field, Miami Marlins, #21


Date of Birth: 12/5/1991
Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, California

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.

In 2017, Yelich batted .282 in 156 games with the Marlins. He had 170 hits, 36 doubles, 18 home runs, 16 stolen bases, 81 RBIs, and 137 strikeouts to 80 walks. Defensively, as the Marlins' center fielder in 155 games, he made 370 putouts and 1 error. He had a .997 fielding percentage.

Career batting statistics for Yelich through 2017 include:

  • 643 games played
  • 719 hits
  • 146 doubles
  • 72 stolen bases
  • 293 RBIs
  • 579 strikeouts to 300 walks
  • .290 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Yelich as a left fielder through 2017 include:

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

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Christian Yelich
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