Yelich reflects on time in Greensboro, position change

Yelich reflects on time in Greensboro, position change

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich was a member of a South Atlantic League championship team when he last played at NewBridge Bank Park in 2011. Heading out to left field to play a few innings in Friday's exhibition game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers was particularly relevant for Yelich.

"I was talking about [the title season] on the way over," he said. "It's a weird feeling being back. I loved being here in Greensboro."

Yelich was converted from an infielder to an outfielder, and that switch was at the top of his agenda when he played that season for the Grasshoppers.

"That's where I made a lot of mistakes and learned the position for the first time," Yelich said.

Yelich parlayed those lessons into a National League Gold Glove Award in 2014.

Bob Sutton is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.