Marlins to Promote Yelich and Marisnick
The Marlins aren’t messing around. They’re bringing up everyone this season. Monday they announced that they are calling up their top 2 prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick. Yelich is 21 years old and will patrol left field for the Marlins, while Marisnick is 22 and will man center. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton will round out the Marlin’s outfield. In corresponding moves, the Marlins will demote Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna. Ozuna wasn’t doing terribly, especially for a guy who had all of 10 games at the AA level before his call up at the end of April. Ozuna maintained a .300 batting average as recently as June 30. This move is all about the potential of Yelich and Marisnick.
Christian Yelich is a sweet swinging lefty who has some power in his bat. His numbers in the minors don’t do justice to the fact that this guy is a hitting machine. He will likely take some time (think years not weeks or months) to develop into the monster profile of his prospect pedigree, but I don’t see a reason to hold back with Yelich. I see him as a future batting champion. I think he is an add in all formats. In any sort of keeper/dynasty league, if he starts off hot and his owner is looking to cash in on that start, take the bait, this guy should deliver better than league average stats right now and will improve as he settles into major league playing time. I would expect a .280/.370/.440 slash line the rest of the way. I don’t expect much in the way of home runs, but he could swipe 8-10 bags down the stretch.
Jake Marisnick is a big strong center fielder who has a ton of tools. In 66 games at the AA level, he’s posted a .295/.357/.504 slash line with 12 home runs and 11 steals. He has plus speed and won’t kill you out in center. In 2012 he struggled at the AA level, but this season he’s performed much better and the Marlins think that he’s ready to take the next step in his development at the Major League level. It’s hard to argue with that as we’ve seen Jose Fernandez make the All Star team at age 20. I don’t expect Marisnick to perform that well, but I do expect him to succeed at this level. I think it’s reasonable to expect that he’ll hit .270/.350/.430 with 8 home runs and 8 steals. I think he’ll play a tick below Yelich offensively.
With Yelich, Stanton and Marisnick in the middle of this lineup, I can see this duo of young outfielders for the Marlins carrying their ball club for years to come.