The Milwaukee Brewers gave up loads of prospects — 4 in all, together with some massive names — to accumulate outfielder Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins.
Simply who is that this younger and up-and-coming celebrity? Right here’s a couple of notes on the most recent Brewers outfielder.
— Once we say younger, we imply it. Yelich simply turned 26 in December however already has 643 main-league video games beneath his belt.
— Some individuals appear to assume he and Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night time Stay” look alike. You be the judge.
— A primary-spherical decide (No. 23 general) by the Marlins in 2010, Yelich was Miami’s minor league participant of the yr in each 2011 and ’12. After a quick stint in Double-A in 2013, he made it to the majors at age 21 later that yr. He was the third-youngest participant within the Nationwide League that season, behind Washington’s Bryce Harper and his then-teammate Jose Fernandez.
— Yelich has some athletic genes — each his father, Chris, and his grandfather, Fred Gehrke, performed soccer. Chris Yelich, an offensive lineman, performed for UCLA within the Nineteen Eighties. Gehrke was a halfback for the Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams, however his actual declare to fame is that he was the one who designed the Rams’ emblem, and is credited with beginning the development of placing logos on NFL helmets.
— Yelich’s brother, Colin, additionally performed baseball. He was a catcher/first baseman in Atlanta’s system from 2015-sixteen.
— Discovering a method to get on base has not been a problem for Yelich from the second he entered professional ball. His profession minor-league on-base proportion is .388. Within the majors, it’s .369, with no season under .362. Final yr, the very best OBP for a Brewers participant with 300+ plate appearances was .359 by Eric Thames.
— In 2016, Yelich gained a Silver Slugger after batting .298/.376/.483 with profession highs in doubles (38), house runs (21) and RBI (ninety eight).
— He was certainly one of three regulars on champion Staff USA to bat over .300 within the 2017 World Baseball Basic (.310 in his case) and he was named to the all-WBC workforce.
— Yelich makes use of a Louisville Slugger maple bat, measuring 34 inches and weighing 31 ounces.
— In case you’re questioning why Yelich may sit out when Milwaukee performs the Mets, he named his five toughest pitchers to face in the National League East and three are on New York: Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Jeurys Familia. The opposite two have been Washington’s Max Scherzer and Blake Treinen, the latter now on Oakland.
— It isn’t simply offense with Yelich, although. He’s additionally an excellent defensive outfielder. He gained a Gold Glove in 2014 — the primary Marlins outfielder to take action, plus the youngest in franchise historical past — and led the NL in complete zone runs and vary issue as a left fielder in 2015. Final season, as a middle fielder, he completed third in vary issue amongst all outfielders.
— Yelich and Ryan Braun have a pair issues in widespread (apart from being on the Brewers, in fact). Each have been born and raised in California and acquired scholarship provides to play at Miami. Whereas Braun did be a part of the Hurricanes, Yelich, who accepted the supply after spurning one other from UCLA, determined to signal with the Marlins as an alternative after he was drafted. As well as, each Yelich and Braun signed hefty contract extensions early of their careers. Yelich signed the second-largest deal ($forty nine.seventy five million) for a participant who had two or fewer service years in MLB; Braun has the No. three contract ($forty five million). Andrelton Simmons, who additionally was dealt after signing his extension, is No. 1 ($fifty eight million).
— In case you’re questioning, Yelich signed his seven-yr contract in March 2015; he would have been arbitration eligible in 2017 and up free of charge company in 2020. He’s now signed via 2021 with a workforce choice of $15 million in 2022.
— For those who’d wish to comply with Yelich on social media, his Twitter deal with is @ChrstianYelich and he could be discovered on Instagram at, yup, @ChristianYelich.
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