Marlins top prospect Christian Yelich missed the end of spring training with an elbow injury and returned to action only a week ago Sunday, but if he's not feeling locked in at the plate, it's not apparent from his early performance for high Class A Jupiter.
The 20-year-old Yelich, Miami's top pick in 2010, went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs versus Brevard County on Sunday, raising his seasonal average to a cool .500 (12-for-24) and his slugging to an even 1.000. The lefthanded batter has seen ball four more often (seven walks) than strike three (five whiffs), while making the full-time shift from left field to center.
While not a burner, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Yelich runs well for his size and knows how and when to steal a base. If he can handle center field every day, then based on his potential with the bat he becomes one of the more interesting prospect below the Double-A level.
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