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Christian Yelich | Outfielder

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Marlins placed OF Christian Yelich on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20, with a lower back strain.
Yelich has been battling back issues for over a week and the Marlins finally decided it was best to make a DL move with him. It's not clear at this point how long he might be on the shelf. Ichiro Suzuki figures to see the bulk of the starts in left field while Yelich is out. Apr 24 - 2:55 PM

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Christian Yelich (back) said Tuesday that he expected to miss the next several games.

It's possible he could even require a trip to the disabled list. Yelich missed two games last week and another contest Tuesday because of lower back tightness and the Marlins might just decide to shut him down for at least a couple weeks. If Yelich does head to the DL, Ichiro Suzuki would be in line for a playing time boost.
Apr 21 - 10:29 PM

Christian Yelich was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with lower back tightness.

It's the same issue that kept him out of a couple games last week. The struggling Yelich had been dropped down to fifth in the batting order before being scratched. Ichiro Suzuki has taken his spot in left field.
Apr 21 - 6:33 PM

Christian Yelich has been dropped to fifth in the Marlins' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies.

Yelich has batted exclusively out of the No. 2 spot so far, but he's struggled to the tune of a .200/.265/.222 batting line thus far. Martin Prado will hit second Tuesday. We suspect it won't be long before Yelich turns things around.
Apr 21 - 4:21 PM

Christian Yelich went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

Yelich, who signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension in March, is off to a miserable start. Sunday's performance dropped his average to .200 and he has only one extra-base hit and one stolen base. He has come to the plate only 49 times, which is a small sample size, but it's not the start to the season the Marlins envisioned when they agreed to the pact with Yelich last month. Perhaps some of Yelich's struggles can be explained by a recent bout with back tightness.
Apr 19 - 4:08 PM

Christian Yelich (back) has returned to the Marlins' lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets.

Yelich missed two straight games with tightness in his back, but it was never a serious concern. The left fielder will hit second in his return Thursday night.
Apr 16 - 3:48 PM

Christian Yelich (back) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

He was expected to miss a second straight game due to a tight back given that the club had a day game after a night game, but MLB.com's Joe Frisaro thinks Yelich could be held out until Saturday or possibly Friday. Ichiro Suzuki is in left field in Yelich's place again Wednesday. J.T. Realmuto is getting a start Wednesday over Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Christian Yelich has been scratched from the Marlins' lineup Tuesday due to back tightness.

It doesn't sound like a major concern, but the Marlins have a day game Wednesday so he could miss at least a couple days. Ichiro Suzuki will start against the Braves in Yelich's place.
Apr 14 - 4:48 PM

Christian Yelich had a walk-off RBI single in a 10-9 win over the Rays in 10 innings on Friday.

The game-winner capped off a nice night for Yelich, who went 2-for-5 with three RBI, two runs scored, and a walk. The 23-year-old batted .284/.362/.402 with nine home runs and 21 stolen bases across 144 games during his first full season in the majors last year and is still just scratching the surface of his potential.
Apr 10 - 11:11 PM

Christian Yelich is not in the Marlins' lineup Monday due to a blister on his left hand.

He should be fine in a couple days. Yelich officially signed his new seven-year, $49.57 million extension with the Marlins on Sunday morning. The contract also includes a $15 million club option for 2022.
Mar 23 - 9:39 AM

Marlins signed OF Christian Yelich to a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension.

The deal includes a club option for 2022. Yelich is one of the Marlins' best young players, and he's the second outfielder, along with Giancarlo Stanton, that the Marlins have locked up to long-term extensions in recent months. With Marcell Ozuna under team control until 2018, the club has the makings of one of the premier outfields in the league. Yelich turned 23 years old in December and batted .284/.362/.402 with 94 runs scored last season.
Mar 22 - 11:08 AM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports the Marlins and Christian Yelich have agreed to a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension.

The club hasn't announced it yet, but the new contract appears to be agreed upon in principle. It's a good deal for both sides, as the Marlins get a bargain on a very promising young outfielder and Yelich gets considerably more money than the pre-arbitration cash he's earning currently. The seven-year contract also includes an eight-year option worth $15 million, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mar 18 - 9:41 PM

According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Marlins are nearing a seven-year extension with Christian Yelich.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the deal will be worth $49.5 million guaranteed and Yahoo's Jeff Passan adds that it carries a $15 million eighth-year club option. Yelich wasn't going to be eligible for salary arbitration until 2017, so it's an aggressive -- although potentially rewarding -- early-career extension for the Marlins. The 23-year-old Yelich batted .284/.362/.402 with nine home runs and 21 stolen bases in 144 games last season and also won a Gold Glove for his defense in the outfield. He has the look of a future star.
Mar 18 - 4:19 PM

Christian Yelich went 2-for-2 on Wednesday to raise his spring average to .455 in the Marlins' 7-4 win over the Mets.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond talked about trying Yelich in the third spot and Giancarlo Stanton batting cleanup this spring, but so far, they've been lined up second and third, respectively, in all five games that they've played. Martin Prado would be the logical choice to bat second in the event that the Marlins shake things up, but right now, it seems quite likely that Prado will bat fifth in between Michael Morse and Marcell Ozuna.
Mar 11 - 4:57 PM

Marlins manager Mike Redmond plans to bat Christian Yelich second and third this spring.

Dee Gordon is set to hit leadoff this season, so Redmond wants to experiment with where Yelich fits best going into 2015. "If I give you the lineup what are we going to talk about for the next six weeks?" explained Redmond. "Want to mess around with some lineups in spring training, maybe hit Yellie a few times in a three-hole, hit Stanton a few times in the four-hole. I don't know how often all those guys will play together, but see where it works and how comfortable Yellie is in that two-hole." If Yelich ends up batting third, Stanton would bat cleanup while Martin Prado would likely slide into the No. 2 spot. Either way, Yelich is in an excellent situation for fantasy value. He remains a player on the rise.

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jarrod Saltalamacchia
2Jeff Mathis
3J.T. Realmuto
4Jhonatan Solano
1B1Michael Morse
2Jeff Baker
3Justin Bour
2B1Dee Gordon
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Donovan Solano
3B1Martin Prado
LF1Christian Yelich
2Ichiro Suzuki
CF1Marcell Ozuna
2Don Kelly
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Mat Latos
2Henderson Alvarez
3Jarred Cosart
4Dan Haren
5Tom Koehler
6David Phelps
7Jose Fernandez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Mike Dunn
3A.J. Ramos
4Bryan Morris
5Sam Dyson
6Brad Hand
7Nick Masset
8Aaron Crow