Christian Yelich is among the players in the MLB today who was drafted straight out of high school. He was selected in the first round, 23rd overall by the Miami Marlins in the 2010 MLB draft. After two outstanding years with the minor league, Yelich was promoted to the major league in 2013, making his debut for the Miami Marlins on the 23rd of June. Yelich has been a recipient of at least one Gold Glove Award (2014) and one Silver Slugger Award (2016). In early 2018, Yelich was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for four players which are 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 became manifest from middle school when he played football, basketball, and baseball. However, by high school, Yelich chose to focus on baseball. He attended Westlake High School and played baseball with the varsity team from his freshman year to his senior year.
In a top 100 players in the nation in high school list, Christian Yelich was ranked 34th place. Max preps awarded him Second Team All-American. Though the University of Miami granted him a collegiate scholarship to play with their Miami Hurricanes baseball team, Yelich passed on the offer and instead chose to ink a $1.7 million deal with the Miami Marlins who selected him during the 2010 MLB draft.
After playing for the team’s minor league affiliate Gulf Coast League Marlins as well as their farm team Greensboro Grasshoppers, Yelich was promoted to the major league team. He recorded tremendous success in the 2014 season setting a franchise record for fielding percentage in left field, at .996. The Marlins in March 2015 would then sign him to a seven-year deal worth $49.57 million.
Yelich participated in the 2017 World Baseball Classic tournament and was named 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 hails from an athletic family. The first Yelich to reign in American sports was his uncle, Chris Yelich who played football for the UCLA Bruins back in the 1980s. Chris Yelich who played as an offensive lineman won two Rose Bowls.
Also, his maternal grandfather Fred Gehrke who died in 2002 was a renowned sportsperson. Gehrke played football for the Los Angeles Rams and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for an-off pitch contribution 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 majored in arts. He is credited with pioneering the practice of football teams having their logo’s on their helmets.
After his playing career had ended, Yelich’s uncle served as the general manager of the Denver Broncos for a while. 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 from a very early age. Collin played baseball as a catcher with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas baseball team. In the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, Collin was selected by the Atlanta Braves. Christian’s other brother Cameron is a United States Marine.
Out of his two parents, Yelich appears to be particularly fond of his mom Alecia Yelich who has obviously been supportive of his career from day one. Alecia Yelich attracted much attention in March 2017 during the World Baseball Classic game between the USA and Canada. Cameras spotted her watching from the stands and fans immediately noted her youthful appearance. News outlets wrote about how she looked no older than 30. Yelich’s mom graduated from high school in 1986.
Yelich often posts photos of his mom across his social media pages. His mother was with him in 2014 when he received his Golden Glove award. In a photo they took on the day (pictured above), many noted how Alecia could have passed for her son’s date.
Christian Yelich is very secretive about his personal life. No information whatsoever has surfaced online about whom he might possibly be in a relationship with.
However, in July 2016, an NSFW video implicating Yelich was posted on Twitter by an account named @RealMarlinsFan. The account user claimed that the man in the video who appeared to be engaging in an oral sexual activity with an unidentified woman was Yelich. However, Yelich later released a statement via Twitter debunking the rumors and saying his attorneys would look into it. He said the video was 100% false and defamatory.