It appears as though the center fielder of the future for the Flor—ahem—Miami Marlins will be 2010 first-round draft pick Christian Yelich from Westlake High School, Thousand Lakes, CA.
He has a great stroke, hits well for average, his power is improving and he is as quick as a hiccup.
Sounds like a pre-pie-induced-injury Chris Coghlan, right?
The Marlins can only hope that Yelich is Rookie of the Year caliber, and that he can be ready for the new ballpark next year. At the current rate, however, we won't likely see Yelich until 2013 at the earliest.
For the meantime, someone has to man the big gap between Logan "The Locomotive" Morrison (recently coined by Tommy Hutton and Rich Waltz, the Marlins commentators) and Mike Stanton.
There are enough guys in the system, both young (Scott Cousins) and old (Mike Cameron), to fill the void, but I will throw in a guy or two who the Fish could theoretically acquire from somewhere else too, even though the odds of Jeffrey Loria spending more than the bare minimum on a guy seems doubtful.
Plus, it's clear that Logan Morrison has other things to worry about than who will play center field next to him, namely a pest problem in the dugout.