Three people will give you three different answers about Delmon Young of the Philadelphia Phillies. Which camp are you in?
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The End Result:
Will Young be the solution in the 5 hole for the red pinstripes?
There are three opinions on the new right fielder. He will be a smart acquisition, there is no way to tell at this time, or this is a horrible move by the brain trust. There are a number of factors to consider. They are his health, his off-field activities, his contract, his defense and his offense.
He had surgery on his right ankle in November, and may be slowed by the recuperative process. His fitness is questionable but he did drop 20 pounds recently. And he has 6 incentives for weight during the season at $0.1 million each. He also has had some late-night issues, but now realizes he has a lighter wallet as a consequence. He went from $6.75 million with the Tigers to $1.35 million now, which includes making the 6 scale-based requirements.
Before his balky ankle, Young was a plus fielder with a strong arm and right field had been his best position. He struggled in Detroit with bone spurs, which mostly limited him to designated hitting. Also, there is less real estate to patrol at the Bank. That stated, Young only has to be an decent defender for the Phils with his offsetting run production.
He had a 61-point advantage (.308) against southpaws last summer, but he now has Charlie Manuel, who is one of the most knowledgeable batting gurus to closely observe his mechanics. However, one thing most agree on is that he can flat out hit, and–like Ryan Howard–he elevates his game during RBI opportunities. And he crushed half of his 18 taters during 2012 in cavernous Comerica Park. Also, Young produced an over .300 average from both sides of the plate during the 2012 postseason.
Is Young going to be the inexpensive success story, like Juan Pierre was last year?
If you think this move will turn out to be a master stroke, Young is a stud. If you feel it’s too early for a reasoned selection, you should give him a pass. However, if an immediate thumbs-down is your opinion, blast him with the suds.
Stud = a solid 2013 with bat & glove
Suds = a beer-league season
Pass = not predictable
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