Christian Yelich is now one of the players in the MLB who was drafted right after high school. He was selected by the Miami Marlins for the 2010 MLB draft in the first round, in 23rd place overall. After two outstanding years in the Minor League, Yelich advanced to the Major League in 2013 and made his debut with the Miami Marlins on June 23. Yelich was awarded at least one Gold Glove Award (2014) and one Silver Slugger Award (2016). In early 2018, Yelich was sold to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for four players, namely Monte Harrison, Jordan Yamamoto, Lewis Brinson, and Isan Díaz.
Christian Yelich Biography
Christian Stephen Yelich was born on December 5, 1991, in Thousand Oaks, California. His athletic side manifested itself from middle school on, when he played soccer, basketball, and baseball. In high school, however, Yelich chose to play baseball. He attended Westlake High School and played baseball on the school team from his freshman to senior year.
Christian Yelich was ranked 34th on the nation’s top 100 players in high school, with Max Preps awarding him second place on the All-American team. Although the University of Miami granted him a college scholarship to play on the Miami Hurricanes baseball team, Yelich turned down the offer and instead opted for a $1.7 million contract with the Miami Marlins, who selected him for the 2010 MLB selection.
After playing for the Marlins, who play in the team’s minor league, and for their farm team Greensboro Grasshoppers, Yelich moved up to the major league. In the 2014 season, he scored a tremendous success, setting a franchise record for the percentage of field players in the left-field at 0.996. The Marlins in March 2015 would then sign him a seven-year contract worth $49.57 million.
Yelich participated in the 2017 World Baseball Classic tournament and was appointed to the 2017 All-World Baseball Classic team.
Family Life, Mom
Christian Yelich has Croatian and Japanese roots from his father and grandfather respectively. He comes from an athletic family. The first Yelich to rule in American sports was his uncle Chris Yelich, who played football for the UCLA Bruins in the 1980s. Chris Yelich, who played as an offensive lineman, won two Rose Bowls.
His maternal grandfather, Fred Gehrke, who died in 2002, was also a well-known sportsman. Gehrke played football for the Los Angeles Rams and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his off-field commitment to his team. Yelich’s uncle designed the team’s distinctive logo with a yellow horn on a dark blue background. During his time at the University of Utah, he studied art as a major. He is credited with pioneering the practice of football teams wearing their logo on their helmets.
After his playing career ended, Yelich’s uncle served as general manager of the Denver Broncos for a time. Christian is the oldest in his family and has two younger brothers, Collin and Cameron. Like himself, his brother Collin began showing an affinity for baseball at a very early age. Collin played Vegas baseball as a catcher on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas baseball team. In the Major League Baseball Draft 2015 Collin was selected by the Atlanta Braves. Christian’s other brother Cameron is a United States Marine.
Of his two parents, Yelich seems to especially like his mother Alecia Yelich, who apparently supported his career from day one. Alecia Yelich attracted a lot of attention during the World Baseball Classic game between the USA and Canada in March 2017. The cameras watched her from the stands and fans immediately noticed her youthful appearance. News agencies wrote that she looked no older than 30 years old. Yelich’s mother graduated from high school in 1986.
Yelich frequently posts photos of his mother on his social media sites. His mother was with him in 2014 when he received his Golden Glove award. In a photo they took that day (see picture above), many noticed how Alecia could have been considered their son’s date.
Christian Yelich is very secretive about his personal life. There is no information online about who he might be in a relationship with.
However, in July 2016, an NSFW video debiting Yelich was posted on Twitter from an account called @RealMarlinsFan. The user of the account claimed that the man in the video, who apparently engaged in oral sexual activity with an unidentified woman, was Yelich. Yelich later issued a statement on Twitter, however, exposing the rumors and saying his lawyers were investigating the matter. He said the video was 100% false and defamatory.