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You Should Know: Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick

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These two young outfielders just made their MLB debuts with the Miami Marlins. Who are they?

You Should Know: Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick

The Miami Marlins aren't having a great season, but they are playing much better baseball as of late. The team was 28 games under .500 on June 5, but since then they have played better than .500 and are showing signs of competency. The team took another step towards playing better baseball when they called up prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick to the big club yesterday for their major league debuts. Marisnick went 0-4, but Yelich turned in a 3-4 performance with a couple RBI to help the Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2.

Just who are these young outfielders, and why should the Marlins be so excited about them?

Both Yelich (21) and Marisnick (22) were promoted from Class AA Jacksonville, where both were having exceptional seasons. Yelich was hitting .280 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 44 games. Marisnick played in 67 games and put up a solid .294 with 12 home runs, 46 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Both players had and OPS above .860 (Yelich actually posted an OPS of .883). The organization thought that both were ready for promotion, and with numbers like that it definitely seems like a good time to see what they are capable of.

Yelich was drafted in the Marlins with the 23rd pick in the 2010 draft. Marisnick was a 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, and he was eventually included in the package back to Miami that sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle to Toronto. He's proven to be the class of that haul as of right now.

Yelich is seen as the better prospect by both Baseball America (15 for Yelich compared to 64 for Marisnick) and MLB.com (13 compared to 70), but both are players with great tools. They hit for average, have decent power and can run a little bit. An outfield featuring these two and Giancarlo Stanton is something to build around, especially with a young starter like Jose Fernandez, who picked up the win last night. The Marlins aren't there yet, but if they can hit on some of their free agent acquisitions (like they did with Ivan Rodriguez in 2003), they could be playing much better than just .500 ball.

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