Christian Yelich
Christian Yelich
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Some wondered about Yelich's ability to repeat his stellar MVP season, with much of the discussion centering on his HR/FB rate. Well, Yelich did not reach 35.0% in 2019, but he did still post a 32.8 mark in that category -- the best in the league. Yelich's 2019 campaign was unfortunately cut off at 130 games by a fractured kneecap, but he left no doubt what type of offensive force he has become, finishing second in MLB in BA and OBP and first in SLG while setting career highs in HR and SB, numbers that easily could have earned him another MVP had he stayed healthy. Yelich is expected to recover from his injury early in the offseason, so health should not be a concern when Opening Day rolls around. He has established himself as one of the best players in the entire league, and given his power/speed/OBP prowess, he will be worthy of a top-3 selection in just about every format. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a seven-year, $188.5 million contract extension with the Brewers in March of 2020. Contract includes $20 million mutual option for 2029.
Heating up
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 9, 2020
Yelich went 2-for-3 with two walks, a triple, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Reds.
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After getting off to a 1-for-27 start, Yelich has gone 6-for-19 with eight walks and five extra-base hits in his last six games, including three home runs. One of those was the freebie inside-the-parker in Chicago, but regardless, Yelich is clearly feeling more comfortable at the plate than he was early on.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+139%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .973 411 68 24 60 15 .308 .389 .583
Since 2018vs Right 1.059 884 159 60 156 37 .325 .417 .641
2020vs Left 1.278 17 6 2 3 0 .333 .412 .867
2020vs Right .534 47 3 2 6 0 .100 .234 .300
2019vs Left .936 202 32 12 24 9 .277 .381 .555
2019vs Right 1.189 378 68 32 73 21 .358 .455 .734
2018vs Left .983 192 30 10 33 6 .337 .396 .587
2018vs Right 1.007 459 88 26 77 16 .321 .405 .602
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+112%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home 1.121 629 116 51 119 25 .331 .424 .696
Since 2018Away .948 666 111 33 97 27 .308 .393 .554
2020Home 1.021 30 5 2 5 0 .269 .367 .654
2020Away .482 34 4 2 4 0 .069 .206 .276
2019Home 1.201 284 52 27 59 15 .347 .451 .750
2019Away 1.006 296 48 17 38 15 .312 .409 .597
2018Home 1.061 315 59 22 55 10 .324 .406 .655
2018Away .944 336 59 14 55 12 .328 .399 .545
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
14.1%
 
K Rate
32.8%
 
BABIP
.167
 
ISO
.291
 
AVG
.164
 
OBP
.281
 
SLG
.455
 
OPS
.736
 
wOBA
.321
 
Exit Velocity
85.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
53.3%
 
Barrels/PA
5.4%
 
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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.
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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Connects for third homer
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 7, 2020
Yelich went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 8-3 loss to the Reds.
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Reaches base five times
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 7, 2020
Yelich went 1-for-2 with a home run, three runs scored and four walks in Thursday's win over the White Sox.
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Not starting Wednesday
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 5, 2020
Yelich isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.
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Slump lingers on
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 5, 2020
Yelich went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts Tuesday in the Brewers' 3-2 loss to the White Sox.
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First multi-hit game this season
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 4, 2020
Yelich went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and a walk in Monday's loss to the Pirates.
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