Christian Yelich
Christian Yelich
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Few anticipated that the Brewers were trading for the NL MVP when they acquired Yelich from the Marlins last January, but that's exactly what occurred. Yelich got off to a bit of a slow start, but he kept getting better and better at the plate, and had one of the best second halves of all time, posting a 1.219 OPS after the All-Star break. His second-half surge helped him set career highs in nearly every category, and his doubles decreased only because he doubled his home-run total from the year before. Yelich is able to play all three outfield positions and had a better average against lefties (.337) than righties (.321) last season, so there is never much reason to take him out of the lineup. His conditions will be almost the same in his age-27 season. Last year, Yelich proved he has a very high ceiling, but it is his incredibly high floor that makes him such an appealing first-round pick. He is a true five-category building block. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed seven-year, $49.5 million contract with the Marlins in March of 2015. Traded to the Brewers in January of 2018.
Slugs 10th homer
OFMilwaukee Brewers
April 18, 2019
Yelich went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.
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Yelich accounted for the entire Milwaukee offense in Thursday's matchup, clubbing a solo blast off the scoreboard in center field to lead off the ninth inning, bringing the Brewers within two. The reigning NL MVP continues to roll at the dish and is currently tied for the National League lead in homers with Cody Bellinger, who also cranked his 10th homer of the season earlier in the ballgame.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
15
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+137%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .844 388 55 14 55 8 .294 .358 .486
Since 2017vs Right .951 1048 182 50 163 33 .311 .400 .551
2019vs Left .611 23 5 1 4 0 .150 .261 .350
2019vs Right 1.447 68 14 9 23 3 .421 .500 .947
2018vs Left .983 192 30 10 33 6 .337 .396 .587
2018vs Right 1.007 459 88 26 77 16 .321 .405 .602
2017vs Left .722 173 20 3 18 2 .266 .329 .392
2017vs Right .837 521 80 15 63 14 .288 .382 .455
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+170%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .964 692 117 39 113 19 .306 .392 .573
Since 2017Away .883 744 120 25 105 22 .307 .386 .497
2019Home 1.754 51 15 10 25 0 .425 .529 1.225
2019Away .649 40 4 0 2 3 .270 .325 .324
2018Home 1.061 315 59 22 55 10 .324 .406 .655
2018Away .944 336 59 14 55 12 .328 .399 .545
2017Home .757 326 43 7 33 9 .271 .356 .401
2017Away .852 368 57 11 48 7 .292 .380 .472
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How does Christian Yelich compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.86
 
BB Rate
13.2%
 
K Rate
15.4%
 
BABIP
.315
 
ISO
.442
 
AVG
.351
 
OBP
.440
 
SLG
.792
 
OPS
1.232
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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While he's still just 26 years old, Yelich has already built a remarkable track record of consistency at the big-league level. His strikeout rate has ranged from 19.2 percent to 20.9 percent over the past four seasons (all with 525-plus plate appearances), while his batting average has ranged from .282 to .300 in that time. He's steadily walked in over 10 percent of his plate appearances while making hard contact with at least one-third of his batted balls. His flyball rate is still too low, but Yelich improved in that regard last season, upping his flyball rate more than five percentage points to 25.2 percent. The park change following the trade to Milwaukee should help boost his power. Yelich was given the thumbs up to run again last season and he capitalized, going 16-for-18 on the basepaths. Assuming he keeps the green light with the Brewers, which seems likely given manager Craig Counsell's tendencies, Yelich should easily return top-30 value in the outfield.
Coming into the 2016 campaign, Yelich totaled 20 homers in 1,458 career plate appearances with the Marlins. He matched that, then added another for good luck, sending 21 long balls out of the yard last season. A power spike has long been expected for Yelich as he hits the ball hard, it's just that most of his batted balls are line drives and grounders. He lofted a few more balls, touching 20 percent flyballs for the first time in his career (most power hitters nestle around 40 percent). The added pop emanated from a surge to a 24 percent HR/FB mark, the 14th highest mark among qualified hitters. The safe play is to expect some give-back, dropping Yelich's homers into the low to mid-teens. Also of concern are dwindling steals as Yelich snagged just nine in 13 attempts. He's still a very solid hitter with a projectable floor. Just don't chase last season's tenuous power breakout.
Yelich’s gap-to-gap power continues to play well in cavernous Marlins Park, as the youngster recorded his first .300 season and smacked 30 doubles for a second consecutive season in 2015. Yelich has been remarkably consistent in his three-year career, recording a 117 wRC+ in each one. Unfortunately, what Marlins Park gives in doubles, it takes away in home runs, as Yelich has mustered just three of his 20 career home runs at his home park. He hit seven last year and has a career high of nine, and as long as he is playing in Miami, he’ll struggle to reach double digits. He makes up for it with loads of groundball base hits — he hits four groundballs for every fly ball. He stole 16 bases in 2015 and has 37 in the past two years, and should be expected to keep running with the Marlins going forward.
Yelich backed up his strong finish to the 2013 season with a sophomore breakout at age 22. He truly arrived down the stretch, catching fire during a .339/.425/.459 August as he put up his first 20-steal steal season, scoring 94 runs and collecting 54 RBI along the way. Yelich finished with a steady .284/.362/.402 slash line, showing significant improvement versus left-handed pitching during his second season -- .476 OPS vs. lefties in 2013 and a .819 OPS vs. lefties in 2014. The former first-round draft pick established himself as the Marlins’ leadoff hitter in the second half of 2014, though his smooth line-drive swing and advanced approach at the plate would play at almost any lineup position. Yelich will continue provide a solid average, nice speed, and plenty of runs scored if he sticks atop the Miami lineup as he continues to mature in the majors with the potential to turn into a real run producer if given a chance to bat lower in the order next season.
A strong spring training to open the 2013 season put Yelich on the fast-track toward the majors, and after pounding out a .275/.359/.504 line across three stops in the minors, the sweet-swinging lefty made his MLB debut in late July. He knocked a pair of hits out of the two-hole in his debut, driving home his first major league RBI, and never looked back. At 21 years old, with just under 1,200 minor league at-bats to his name, Yelich posted a stellar .288/.370/.396 slash line in his first 62 major league games, adding four home runs and 10 steals. Not without his warts, Yelich struggled mightily versus left-handed pitching, collecting just 15 hits in 91 at-bats (.165 average) against southpaws while watching his strikeout rate and walk rate both move in the wrong direction when a lefty was on the mound. Still, the future remains bright for an emerging talent capable of a .290 average, double-digit home runs and 20-plus steals right now, with potential to add some balance to his platoon split and strength to his power stroke down the line.
Consider to be the most exciting offensive prospect in the Marlins' minor league system, Yelich made strides in 2012 while playing the majority of his season at High-A Jupiter. He posted a strong .330/.404/.519 line over 397 at-bats while blasting 12 home runs with 29 doubles and five triples while driving in 48 runs on the year. Yelich enjoyed yet another efficient campaign on the basepaths, swiping 20 bags in 26 attempts after going 32-for-37 in that area in 2011. While a shot at the big leagues seems a bit of a stretch in 2013, Yelich should continue to progress towards that goal and could be fast-tracked to Miami as part of the franchise's most recent rebuilding effort.
Ah, the sweet lefty swing. Every once in a while a player comes along who has it, and scouts swoon over that pure unfettered stroke, projecting great things from it. Yelich is the latest example, and while some folks see him turn on a pitch and start throwing around comparisons to Mark Grace or John Olerud, it's important to remember that he could just as easily end up as the next Hal Morris or Dave Magadan. For now he's a kid who's trying to cut it in left field despite an awkward throwing motion, in case he doesn't develop enough power to fit at first base. His first season of full-season ball was mostly a success, with the 32 steals in 37 attempts being a very pleasant surprise, but he didn't put up outrageous triple slash numbers. Until we see a concrete spike in that batting average or slugging percentage, don't fall too much in love with that swing.
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Smashes ninth homer
OFMilwaukee Brewers
April 16, 2019
Yelich went 2-for-5 with a fifth-inning, three-run homer during Milwaukee's 8-4 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.
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Crushes three home runs
OFMilwaukee Brewers
April 15, 2019
Yelich went 3-for-4 with three home runs, seven RBI and a walk in a 10-7 win over the Cardinals on Monday.
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Hot start continues
OFMilwaukee Brewers
April 8, 2019
Yelich went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a walk in Sunday's victory over the Cubs.
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Remains hot at dish
OFMilwaukee Brewers
March 31, 2019
Yelich went 2-for-2 with a solo home run, a double, three walks, three RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
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Goes yard again
OFMilwaukee Brewers
March 30, 2019
Yelich went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Cardinals.
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