Marlins’ top prospect doubles in first run of the contest
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com | 7/14/2013 7:30 P.M. ET
NEW YORK — As the Marlins spent the past few weeks displaying the potential for a much brighter future, their top prospect Christian Yelich was recovering from the latest of the ailments that have slowed his development at the Minor League level.
But as Yelich prepared to serve as the designated hitter for the United States team in Sunday afternoon’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field, he was no longer worrying about the strained abdominal muscle that recently sidelined him for five weeks.
Instead, the talented 22-year-old outfielder was simply looking forward to completing the remainder of this year in healthy and productive fashion.
“I’ve still got some time this year,” said Yelich. “I just want to have a strong second half and stay on the field the whole time. Then, I’ll be good to go.”
While the Marlins have already seen Jose Fernandez and Marcell Ozuna go from top prospects to top National League Rookie of the Year candidates this year, the club is still waiting to benefit from the five-tool talents possessed by Yelich, who is rated as the game’s 10th-best overall prospect by MLB.com.
Yelich returned from his five-week stint on the disabled list to play three games for Double-A Jacksonville earlier this week. He then took advantage of a chance to show his potential on a grander stage, as he recorded hits in his only two at-bats for Team USA in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the World Team. His second-inning double off Enny Romero drove in the game’s first run.