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11. Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins
Things looking up for Yelich
Yelich was drafted straight out of Westlake High School in California with the 23rd overall selection in 2010 by the then-Florida Marlins. He played in only 12 games his first year and wound up hitting .312 with 15 home runs, 77 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in his first full campaign with Single-A Greensboro in 2011. Last year, Yelich posted a slash line of .329/.402/.516 with 12 dingers, 48 RBIs and 20 thefts in 401 at-bats between the Rookie League and High Single-A Jupiter.
Yelich is a tall, lanky (6-foot-4, 189 pounds) left-handed stick that makes plenty of solid contact with the stick and is developing a power stroke that will be valuable at the next level. He is very quiet at the plate and brings an advanced awareness with him to his at-bats. He's more of a line-drive hitter at the moment, but could eventually morph into a 20-homer threat if he packs on some pounds and builds strength. His speed on the base paths adds another dimension to his impressive skill set.
Yelich is a budding star that gives the rebuilding Fish something to look forward to. He'll start the year at Double-A Jacksonville with another up-and-coming outfield prospect, Jake Marisnick. Justin Ruggiano and Chris Coghlan are battling for the starting center field job this spring, but Yelich will be in consideration at this time next year. The collection of outfielders on this roster doesn't exactly impress, so any sort of injury or poor performance could force Yelich up this season. He has the potential to develop into a 20-20 commodity.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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