5/18/2014 4:56 P.M. ET
Yelich excelling as Marlins' leadoff man
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich takes full advantage of having Brett Butler, one of the top leadoff hitters in the game, around as a coach.
"It's something he did so well," Yelich said before Sunday's series finale with the San Francisco Giants. "He's helped me a lot. We've gone through the whole bunting thing."
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!"
McGehee's hits coming at opportune times
SAN FRANCISCO -- Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee has a knack for driving in important runs. This season, he's hitting .409 with runners in scoring position and .417 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
"He's given us a lot of production and is getting big hits," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He's only hit one home run but he's coming up with big hits and driving in big runs."
McGehee's lone home run came more than a week ago, when the Marlins were in San Diego.
"I hope he doesn't get caught up in the home runs," Redmond said.
McGehee said his manager has nothing to worry about when it comes to his approach at the plate.
"You try to do too much and you're going to have a rough night," he said.
Leary has early ties to Bay Area, Redmond
SAN FRANCISCO -- Miami bench coach Rob Leary grew up watching the Giants play at Candlestick Park and was a high school teammate of Barry Bonds.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond received instruction in catching from Leary, who worked for the Marlins organization between 1995-2001.
"That first year I worked with him we just got along," Leary said.
Redmond said he was attracted to Leary's passion for the game.
"He's a great catching guy," Redmond said. "When I was coming up, I loved his approach. We always hit it off. As a player and coach, I trusted him. He prepared me in many ways. It's great having him as a coach. He's great with our catchers. He developed a catching program and guys have responded to that."
Leary said he developed the program after taking things he learned at every level, from high school through the pros.
Leary, who attended College of San Mateo before graduating from LSU, played against current Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, who attended Cal.
A's pitching coach Curt Young knew Leary from their days together with the Boston Red Sox and recommended him for Melvin's staff.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.