6. Christian Yelich 18.9
Since leaving the Marlins, Christian Yelich has acquired another 14.7 WAR with the Milwaukee Brewers in just two seasons. For context, that WAR total would be enough to place Yelich 10th on this list, and when you add the two together, he would be second, behind only… but we’ll get to him.
Yelich is a six-foot-three, 195 lb. left fielder from Thousand Oaks, CA. Born on December 5th, 1991, the Marlins chose him in the first round of the MLB Amateur Entry Draft in 2010, with the 23rd overall selection. He made his major league debut with them three seasons later, hitting .288/.370/.396 in 62 games. He also stole 10 bases without being caught.
In 2014, Yelich played his first full major league season, and responded with a .284/.362/.402 line, with nine home runs, 54 RBI, and 21 stolen bases in 28 attempts in 144 games. He won his first NL Gold Glove Award for his work in left field, earning 13 DRS above the “average” left fielder.
2015 would see Yelich play in 126 games, leading the team with 30 doubles and hitting seven homers with 44 RBI. He stole 16 bases while getting caught only five times, and slashed .300/.366/.416.
Yelich won his first Silver Slugger Award in 2016 for Miami, hitting .298/.376/.483 in 155 games. He led the club with 78 runs, 38 doubles, 72 walks, 98 RBI, and an .859 OPS, despite sharing a roster with noted slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Yelich hit 21 homers, the first season in which he finished with a double-digit home run total.
The Marlins moved Yelich to center field for the 2017 campaign, and watched him hit .282/.369/.439 with 18 homers and 81 RBI. Yelich stole another 16 bases and got caught only twice. The Marlins traded Yelich to the Brewers for Monte Harrison, Lewis Brinson, Isan Diaz, and Jordan Yamamoto after the season.
Yelich has gone on to lead the NL in batting average in both seasons he’s been in Milwaukee, winning the 2018 NL MVP and finishing second in 2019. He’s won two Silver Sluggers and played in two all-star games.