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9/5/1983 (33 y, 5 m, 18 d)
2001 June Amateur Draft - Round: 16, Pick: 27, Overall: 493, Team: Chicago White Sox
$13M / 2 Years (2016 - 2017)
Young should get regular at-bats as Boston's designated hitter against left-handed starters in 2017. (2/6/2017)
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Year in Review:
Coming into 2009, Young look poised to break out. In 2008, at just 24, he had a league-average bat while playing league-average defense in center – the kind of performance that portends stardom, especially when you mix in the scouting reports and minor-league performance. But 2009 was a disappointment. Young started the year off poorly and, by early August, his wOBA had dropped below .300 because of too many strikeouts (30 K%) and infield flies (25%). All the infield flies killed his batting average and power, and he was sent to Triple-A. After half a month at the lower level, Young returned to Arizona and crushed the ball (eight homers in 122 plate appearances and a wOBA of .378). Also encouraging is that throughout the year Young took walks at the best rate in his career: 12% BB rate. Still, it was a lost year in which he performed at, effectively, replacement level (just 1.7 runs over replacement).
The Year Ahead:
Young should start 2010 as the Diamondbacks’ center fielder and is just 27, so he will have the opportunity to rebound. The power surge at the end of 2009 and walks throughout the season were both encouraging. Assuming he gets 600 plate appearances and returns to form, Young should hit .245 (he has a poor batting average due to his high strikeout rate and the fact that he hits lots of fly balls) with 20 homers, 80 runs scored, 75 RBI, and 15 steals. Young is worth drafting in all NL-only leagues and most mixed leagues in the later rounds, as he has a shot at being a 25/25 outfielder. Just remember that he will hurt you in batting average and be aware he comes with a relatively high degree of uncertainty. (Dave Allen)
With his comeback campaign, Chris Young had his best season as a big leaguer. While he didn’t quite join the 30-30 club, he came very close. His batting average wasn’t very nice, hut it was the best rate he’s had throughout his career, so it’s hard to ask for more. To go along with his homers and steals, Young scored, and drove in, over 90 runs for the first time in his career. Because it was a season of career bests, Young also had his best swinging-strike rate, and laid off more pitches than ever before. While it may not seem like it, Young is just entering his prime, so we could see some more small improvements next year. If he can make minor improvements next season, and somehow end up with a 30-30-100-100 year, owners will be in a fantasy heaven. However, it is far more likely that Young’s numbers stay around the 25-25-90-90 level, which is still good if he can keep his average at a reasonable clip. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Young had a nice bounceback season, setting career bests in many important categories. He's just entering his prime, so we can expect years like this for the next couple of seasons.
A couple of years ago Young looked like a guy whose contact issues were going to make it hard for him to translate his power and speed into performance. In 2010 and 2011 he increased his walk rate substantially, which has made all the difference. Young is going to be lucky to hit even .250, but he has hit 20 or more home runs four of the last five seasons, and has had 20 or more steals the last two. Sure, he's helped a great deal by what is probably the most hitter-friendly homne park other that Coors Field, but that's not your problem. He's a good bet to go 20-20 again, and that has value in all leagues, particularly NL-only leagues or leagues that specify outfield positions. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
The likelihood of another 20-20 season gives Young good fantasy value despite the low batting average. Being the National League's version of B.J. Upton is a good thing.
From a fantasy perspective, the only problems with Chris Young going into 2013 are batting average and playing time. The low batting average (he will be lucky to hit .250, especially with the change of teams) is something you can live with from a player who is a threat to hit 20 home runs and get 20 steals over a full season. However, the trade to Oakland makes his playing time a problem as well. Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, and Josh Reddick are all pretty set to get most of the starts in 2013. Moreover, Young has moved from one of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball to one of the least, so even in full-time play, fewer home runs should be expected. The A's did a lot of effective platooning last season, and with Seth Smith as the platoon DH, perhaps Cespedes will see some time there, opening up more time for Young. However, he would still be on the short end of the platoon. Oakland may also make some trades before Opening Day, which might put Young in a starting spot somewhere. Crisp and Cespedes both saw time on the DL last year, which would also give Young playing time. At this point, plan on drafting cautiously with Young. He a starting-caliber center fielder in real baseball, but at the moment it looks like playing time is going to be a limitation. At the moment, he is still worth a pick as a bench player in most leagues and as a starter with upside in deeper leagues. If he gets a chance to start for whatever reason he is a good pick as a starting outfielder, particularly in category leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Chris Young is a starting-quality outfielder who is currently slated to get only part-time play for Oakland. His power will be hurt by his new park, but he can still help in all categories but batting average. If he moves into a starting spot, he can be a solid outfielder in most leagues.
Once a consistent 20-20 threat, Chris Young hardly cracked the top-100 in outfield value in 2012 and missed the list entirely in 2013. While his home runs and stolen bases remain strong on a per-plate appearance basis, Young has become a part-time player the past two years, failing to reach 400 trips to the dish. That’s partially due to poor performance, and he’s also missed 59 games with injuries -- a right thigh issue in 2013 and a right shoulder injury in 2012. The New York Mets saw fit to give Young $7.25 million this offseason, rolling the dice that his .203/.282/.375 slash line since the shoulder injury will correct after another offseason to heal. Consider us skeptical that the average cracks .235, but that kind of pay day means Young will play regularly, providing ample opportunity to make a run at 20-20 again. Consider him firmly back on the fantasy radar, a solid late-round gamble if you can protect your average elsewhere. (
The Quick Opinion:
Chris Young is back in our lives as an average-killing fantasy asset. The home run and stolen base production have dipped only because the playing time has, and the Mets are now paying Young to play every day. He's a solid gamble late as a possible 20-20 outfielder.
Chris B. Young re-signed with the Yankees for another year to be their fourth outfielder. Young is long removed from his 30/30 potential, but with enough plate appearances, he can still hit 15 homers with 10 stolen bases. It will take Martin Prado taking up residence in the infield, or injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury or Brett Gardner in order for Young to get enough at-bats to become an asset again. (
Young bashed lefties to the tune of a .972 on-base plus slugging (OPS) last year. Against righties however, that number dropped to a dismal .585 OPS. The 32-year old signed a two-year deal with Boston this offseason and barring injury to someone else, will primarily be used against lefties there. This strategy should carry over to fantasy owners, as Young doesn’t really offer anything without the platoon advantage. Pro-rated for a full season, Young probably could pace or even exceed a 20/10 season. In fact, over the past two seasons totaling 722 plate appearances, Young has hit .236/.309/.418 with 25 home runs and 11 steals. If paired with another cheap platoon option, Young could match or exceed those totals. Chris Young alone won’t net too many raw totals as he isn’t an everyday player, but as a part of a bench platoon or sixth outfielder, he can be pretty productive, chipping in a few homers and an occasional steal with the cost of a late round pick, if that. (Ben Pasinkoff)
The Quick Opinion:
Young’s upside is severely limited but if used appropriately he can provide value. Don't waste a pick on draft day, instead think about him on the wire later on in the season.
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