DENVER -- Christian Yelich admitted he could not have dreamed up a better Major League debut after Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Rockies.
Yelich, 21, went 3-for-4 with three singles and drove in two of the Marlins' four runs Tuesday night. It was a quick adjustment for a player who was playing for Double-A Jacksonville the previous day.
For Marlins manager Mike Redmond, it was only further evidence of the potential Yelich demonstrated in Spring Training.
"I think what I saw was a lot like what we all saw in Spring Training," Redmond said. "It was just a no-panic confidence, great at-bats. He went up there and he looked totally comfortable in his surroundings and he didn't look like he was nervous at all, which sometimes [young players] get a little bit overanxious in their debut."
Yelich, who made his second start in left field Wednesday night, became just the third player in franchise history to notch three hits in their big league debut. He joined elite company -- his own manager and Giancarlo Stanton.
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.