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9/14/1985 (31 y, 5 m, 10 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 1, Overall: 1, Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
$2.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Young was arrested in Miami on Sunday night, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. (2/8/2016)
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Postseason Bat-Flip Coverage: Delmon Young
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Year in Review:
Young had another below-average year at the plate (wOBA .312), unacceptable for a corner outfielder with a career average -12 UZR/150. As a result, he started to lose playing time in a crowed Twins outfield, getting just 416 plate appearances after surpassing 600 in each of the past two years. His offensive level dropped to a career low as his strikeout rate increased (23%) and his already low walk rate fell to a vanishingly low 2.9%, giving him the worst BB/K ratio in the game. After stealing more than 10 bases in 2007 and 2008, he got only two in 2009. On the positive side, his power increased and he hit 12 homers – one off of his career high in spite of having a third fewer plate appearances. Additionally, he finished strong. In 214 second half PAs, he hit .300 with nine homers, 30 runs, 35 RBI, and had a strikeout rate of just 16%.
The Year Ahead:
There are a couple of reasons to be slightly bullish about Young as a fantasy outfielder in 2010: the Twins traded Carlos Gomez, un-crowding the outfield and giving Young a shot at a full season. As well, his main offensive deficiency, a lack of walks, will not hurt him that much in fantasy baseball (although it slightly depresses runs). His second half of 2009 was very good and he was a former top-ranked prospect. If the second half represents more than just a fluke, he could have a .300 average, 20 homers, 90 runs and RBI, and 10 stolen base (if he starts running again) season. Still, his 2.5 years of below-average production should temper expectations and .285, 12 homers, 75 runs and RBI is a much more reasonable expectation. In a 12-team, three-outfielder league he is, at best, worth a last-round flyer. (Dave Allen)
Young had a breakout season in 2010 and may be finally living up to some of the hype that surrounded him in the past. He had great fantasy numbers of 21 HRs, 112 RBI and a batting average of .298. In the past he has put up a near .300 averages, but never demonstrated the power he showed in 2010 (there were signs in 2009 with 12 home runs in 416 PA). To go along with the the career high in home runs (21 vice 13), he showed an increase in power by hitting the most doubles ever in his career. The real question will be if in 2010 is the career or breakout year for Young. The most likely projection fo Yound is somewhere around his 2009/2010 level (adjusted for the fewer games played in 2009) of 20 HR, 180 R+RBI and a .300 average. Don't overpay for a possible larger breakout because he may drop back to hitting 10 and 140 R+RBI. Those values aren't bad, but you can't spend or draft him like he is going to put up 30 HRs and 200 R+RBI. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Last year was a great one for Young, but will he be able to match that production in 2011?
Young was not able to build on his breakout 2010 season, as his wOBA bottomed out to a career-worst .302. While his season wasn’t super in the aggregate, he was better after being dealt from Minnesota to Detroit, as his power came back strong. That’s not to say you can blame his problems on Target Field. Of the nine ballparks where Young has at least 100 plate appearances, his .761 OPS at Target Field ranks second in the group. He gained a little notoriety, and likely some decent job security, by returning from injury to play hurt in the American League Championship Series, but while that sentiment may help him stay in Jim Leyland’s good graces, it won’t help you much in 2012. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Young may post a decent batting average, but his counting stats will be woefully inadequate for a starting outfielder -- consider him a bench option only.
With regard to fantasy baseball, Young’s slim value in 5x5 serves a mockery of how that system replicates actual baseball talent, as his worst flaws are hidden beneath a tolerable average and a modicum of power. Young’s fate this season will depend on which team overpays for him, and whether he can find regular work despite being a replacement-level outfielder. It’s likely he will, since some team will remember him being the number one prospect in baseball, but don’t get caught doing the same. At 27, and having 3,575 plate appearances, it’s clear that this is what we get. (Patrick Dubuque)
The Quick Opinion:
It would be simplest to remark that Delmon Young is not very good, and leave the interpretation to the reader.
Delmon Young is a DH that can't hit. What he lacks in hitting ability, he makes up for in a generally terrible personality. He strikes out way too much, barely walks, and can't play defense. For the good of your squad, for the good of baseball, and for the good of humanity, don't add Delmon Young to your team. (David Temple)
Delmon Young surprised everyone last year with a .302/.337/.442 batting line, good for a 20% better than league average in 255 plate appearances for the Orioles. That was buttressed by a .359 batting average on balls in play, but Young is still likely to put up a league average batting line even when his batted ball profile regresses. Young re-upped with the Orioles this offseason and should see playing time against left-handed pitching. Steve Pearce’s magical season cuts into everyday at bats for Young, but Young should see time in the lineup when a southpaw is on the bump. Young has been around seemingly forever but he’s still just 29 years old on Opening Day and in his theoretical prime. I couldn’t project a breakout from him but the Orioles do have a solid history of reclamation projects in Chris Davis, Steve Pearce, and Nelson Cruz. Young still has absolutely no plate discipline but would be an acceptable streaming option against lefties (career 114 wRC+ against) in shallow leagues. (Ben Pasinkoff)
The Quick Opinion:
A small-side platoon designated hitter is not what dreams are made of. Even if a few similar dreams were realized on the Orioles last year, the 29-year-old Delmon Young is who he is by now.
So... this is it. After all these years, this is what it comes to. Released by the Baltimore Orioles midseason, only to pass through waivers unclaimed, unseen again in 2015. I genuinely don't know what to do. Do I write an obituary? Try this on for size: among more than 1,200 position players in the history of Major League Baseball with as many plate appearances as him, Delmon Young is, on a rate basis, the sport's 30th-worst baserunner and sixth-worst defender. Of all time. In fact, no player with as much playing time as Young has ever, ever, been so incapable on both sides of the ball simultaneously. A no-doubt first-ballot Hall of Lamer, Young clung tightly to his first-overall-pick glow for as long as real baseball teams thought it wise to pay him real money for his services -- aka, far too long. Now you can't even find pertinent information about him via Google News. I would say he's entering his age-31 season, but will he? Surely, a very desperate American League team will throw money at him. Right? The Angels could afford to throw money at more bad left fielders. Or is it all over? Forever? Actually, I don't know if I'm ready for that yet. It's a bit of a whirlwind -- as often is the case, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. Without Young, the game won't be quite the same. I'm... I'm getting a little bit emotional. (Alex Chamberlain)
The Quick Opinion:
Sometimes, silence is golden, but alas, I'm required to write: Delmon Young was released halfway through 2015 and hasn't found a team since. His league-average bat should help him find a home somewhere, but you know as well as we do that he won't see the playing time he needs to be remotely fantasy relevant.
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