One gets the feeling that if it were up to Marlins manager Mike Redmond or hitting coach Tino Martinez, outfielder Christian Yelich would be making his major-league debut sooner rather than later.

Sooner … as in early April.

“He’s ready. He’s having a great spring, and he’s proved he can play at this level,” Martinez gushed.

Said Redmond: “I love putting him in that lineup.”

Despite the praise, the Marlins are likely to stick to their original plan for Yelich to start the season in Class AA Jacksonville.

Yelich, 21, is the story of the spring for the Marlins. His .379 average, .500 on-base percentage and team-high nine RBI tell part of the story. But Yelich has also been impressive because he has handled himself with the poise of a veteran, Redmond said.

“A lot of young guys, they’ll go up against certain guys and swing out of the zone and chase pitches where they feel really uncomfortable against guys who have really good stuff,” the manager said. “He’s the opposite.

“The better the pitcher, it seems like the more patient he is and nothing seems to rattle him at all. That’s impressive.”

Yelich hit a two-run homer in Sunday’s 10-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves, his second home run of the spring. He was 1 for 4 and also reached after taking a Tim Hudson pitch off his foot in his first at-bat. He scored three runs.

Yelich, the Marlins’ minor-league player of year the past two seasons, has been ticketed as the team’s outfielder of the future since being drafted in the first round in 2010. Although he has never played higher than Class A Jupiter, the thought was he could force a promotion to big leagues at some point this season.

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