Yelich riding 11-game hitting streak

MIAMI — At every level Christian Yelich has hit. So the fact he is riding an 11-game hitting streak isn’t that surprising.

The 22-year-old Marlins outfielder has been highly touted since he was Miami’s first-round pick in 2010. He gained some big league seasoning in 2013, and now in his sophomore season, he is finding his stride.

Speaking to a National League scout the other day, he said he believes within five years Yelich and Washington’s Anthony Rendon will compete for a batting title. Who knows, it may come quicker than that.

It is interesting to compare the two.

Consider this, entering Friday night, Yelich and Rendon are each batting .317.

Yelich, thus far, has been more of a table setter. The Marlins outfielder has a .388 on-base percentage, plus two doubles, a triple, 11 runs scored and five RBIs.

Rendon, 23, has shown a little more power, with two homers, 12 RBIs, and the Nationals infielder has 10 runs scored.

Both are certainly rising talents in the National League East.

Also to watch for on Friday night, and over the rest of the homestand.

Giancarlo Stanton has 122 career home runs, which ties him with Gary Sheffield on the Marlins’ all-time list. Stanton’s next homer moves him into sole possession of sixth place.

All-time HR leaders

1) Dan Uggla 154
2) Hanley Ramirez 148
3) Mike Lowell 143
4) Miguel Cabrera 138
5) Derrek Lee 129
6) Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sheffield 122

Joe Frisaro

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