The trade market just keeps getting more interesting as it was announced today that the Milwaukee Brewers have acquired center fielder Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins. In exchange, the Marlins acquired outfielder Lewis Brinson, outfielder Monte Harrison, infielder Isan Diaz, and right-handed pitcher Jordan Yamamoto. Under his current contract, Yelich will be with his new team through the 2021 season.
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Yelich was drafted by the Marlins in the first round of the 2010 June Amateur Draft with the 23rd overall pick. He would go into the Marlins system straight out of high school. However, before being drafted, Yelich had a scholarship to attend the University of Miami and play baseball. Yelich would have to wait three years before making his MLB debut. Yelich was promoted to the majors straight from the Marlins Double-A team, the Jacksonville Suns. During that year in the minors, before being called up, he had a .280 batting average with seven home runs and 29 RBI. During his rookie year in the majors, Yelich had a .288 batting average with four home runs and 16 RBI. In only his second year in the league, Yelich won a Golden Glove Award with his stellar defense.
During that season, Yelich would hit a .284 batting average with nine home runs and 54 RBI. Two years after that, Yelich would win a Silver Slugger Award and finish 19th in the MVP voting. In that season he hit a .298 batting average with 21 home runs and 98 RBI. During his career, Yelich is hitting a .290 batting average with 59 home runs and 293 RBI.
Lewis Brinson, 23, appeared in 21 games for the Brewers last year. He slashed .234/.317/.408 with two home runs in 55 plate appearances. He was ranked 32nd in Keith Law’s recent list of the top 100 prospects in baseball.
Monte Harrison, 22, split the season between A and A+ ball last season. He was the Brewers second-round pick in the 2014 draft. Over the two leagues he slashed .272/.350/.481 with 21 home runs and 27 stolen bases. He was 85th on Law’s prospect list.
Isan Diaz, 21, was ranked 41st in Law’s 2017 list, but was not ranked this year. He played A+ ball last year. Diaz hit .222/.334/.376 with 13 home runs and nine stolen bases in 110 games. He is seen as a middle infielder and has been tried at both short stop and second base.
Jordan Yamamoto, 21, pitched in 22 games (18 starts) in A+ ball last season. He went 9-4, with a 2.51 ERA, 1.090 WHIP, and 113 strikeouts in 111 innings pitched. Yamamoto had a 3.77 K/BB rate. He also had two complete games and one save.
For the Brewers, they get an outfielder who is still very much in his prime, and can still be a start in this league. For the Marlins, some can argue they got a better haul in this trade then they did in the trade for Giancarlo Stanton. And for Yelich, he can now start over with a new organization and a new home.
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