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10/19/1976 (40 y, 5 m, 4 d)
1997 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 6, Overall: 149, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
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Young has decided to retire, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports. (1/30/2014)
Michael Young's Three Most Significant Hits
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The Yankees Search For An Infielder
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Batted Ball Distance Surgers
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So Close, Yet Profar
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Changing Approaches: Youkilis, Young, and Seager
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Year in Review:
"Position Change-gate" doesn't necessarily roll off the tongue, but it's more or less descriptive of how Young's 2009 started. In January, owing to the likely emergence of young shortstop Elvis Andrus and Young's conspicuous decline in range, the Rangers asked the latter to move over to third base. Young's initial reaction was to demand a trade – a demand that he rescinded four days later. Somewhat surprisingly, the early controversy had almost nothing in the way of lasting effects, as Young posted his highest wOBA since he won the batting crown back in 2005. Unfortunately, back, ankle, and hamstring injuries limited Young to his lowest games played total (135) since his rookie season of 2001.
The Year Ahead:
At this point in his career, Young mostly – to borrow a phrase – "is what he is." Between his above-average line-drive and modest strikeout rates, Young appears likely to post another batting average in the vicinity of .300. His BABIPs will fluctuate, and so affect his season-to-season numbers, but the underlying skill is there. One trend to keep in mind is the increase in Young's fly-ball rate, which has gone from 24.4% to 30.8% to 32.5% over the last three years – interesting, especially when you see a similar spike in teammate Ian Kinsler's numbers. The 2010 season should give us a better idea as to whether the rise represents a deliberate change in approach or merely a product of random variation. (Carson Cistulli)
There's a very good chance that Young is overpaid in what certain, unenlightened people refer to as "reality." He was a 2.7-win player as a 33-year-old in 2010 and is under contract for $48MM through 2013 (an average of about $16M per). With something like regular age-related decline, he's unlikely to be worth his pay in 2011 -- even considering this past offseason's market inflation. As a fantasy option, however, he's probably a starting third baseman even in 12-team leagues. He's likely to hit somewhere around .290-.300; he's likely to hit close to 20 home runs; and, thanks partly to the quality of the offense around him and his home park, he's likely to finish with something like 75-85 runs and RBIs. There's an elite group of third basemen, including David Wright, Evan Longoria, Ryan Zimmerman, and Alex Rodriguez -- and maybe Jose Bautista, too, depending on if he qualifies there in your league -- but Young is probably no worse a bet than anyone in the next tier. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Whichever position Young ends up playing in 2011, he'll still enter the season as one of the better second-tier third baseman.
A career-high batting average on balls in play led to a career-high batting average and a career-high in MVP votes for the divisive Rangers stalwart who doesn't really have the glove to stick at any position on the infield any longer. He does put up good batting averages even in neutral-luck years, but he has to get lucky to be helpful in home runs or stolen bases. Still, don't let your saber-aware league drop Young too far in your next draft. He's got eligibilities all over the diamond, should manage at least ten home runs and five stolen bases, and his worst batting average since 2004 was .284. That'll play in your league, somewhere, as long as the price is right. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
Now no longer the shortstop, Michael Young has been reduced to super-utility work for the Texas Rangers. His loss is fantasy's gain: he can now give you a good batting average and runs and RBI from multiple positions around the diamond, as long as you don't pay too much.
After spending 12 years as a member of the Rangers, Michael Young will be playing for the Phillies in 2013. Young may leaving the launching pad that is Arlington, but he’s moving to an even friendlier Citizen’s Bank Ballpark and the National League. Young will likely hit behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, giving him chances to drive in runs should both those men be healthy and on top of their games. Young will be playing third base in Philadelphia, but he’s also eligible at both spots on the right side of the infield. Young’s numbers may take a slight dip this year, but he should still be good for 10 homers and a .280 batting average with solid runs scored and driven in. Those numbers will make him a top-12 second baseman, as well as a fringe starter at third base in most mixed leagues. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
After spending 12 years as a member of the Rangers, Michael Young will be playing for the Phillies in 2013. Young’s numbers may take a slight dip this year, but he should still be good for 10 homers and a .280 batting average with solid runs scored and driven in, and that makes him a starter in most leagues.
In 2013, Michael Young played in over 135 games for the 12th straight season. While the 37-year-old is still looking for a team to sign him (and is also still considering retirement), his value can be guesstimated without knowing where he ends up. In 2013, his homer total dropped under double digits for the second straight year. He had a career low 23.7% fly ball rate and a 7.7% homer per fly ball rate which was under his career average of 9.3%. Five to eight home runs over an entire season would be about right. Any stolen base over one I would consider a win at this point in his career. His batting average is about 100% driven by his batting average on balls in play, which has fluctuated between .299 and .369 over just the past three seasons. To be on the safe side, a .310 BABIP would probably put his AVG near .275. So we have a .275, 6 HR, 0 SB player who may or may not have a job come opening day. With Young's decent batting average, he's useful in some situations, but the only way I could see him used for now is a plug-and-play. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Michael Young may still have some fantasy value, but much of his value will be determined by him finding a team and an everyday position.
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Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:36 AM ET
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