Yelich, who hit in the No. 3 spot for the first time this year Sunday, said he normally hit first or second through high school (Westlake High, near Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and into the Minor Leagues.
Yelich hit third in 24 games (89 at-bats) last season, hitting .292 with a home run and six RBIs. He drove in one run per 14.8 at-bats, compared to his career output of driving in a run per 12.71 at-bats (21 in 267) leading off.
Yelich, named the Marlins Minor League Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, received some rather loud advice from a teammate as he was heading to the cages for indoor batting practice: "Don't change, Yeli!"
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.