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Friday, January 20, 2006

Padres - Claimed Young

San Diego Padres - Claimed 1B Walter Young off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

No, Walter Young isn’t really much of a prospect.  He’s a huge immobile guy without any of the offensive skills of Calvin Pickering.  The problem is, of course, that the Orioles didn’t say “hey, we don’t need a 1B/DH that crappy” but just preferred equally inept 1B/DH that had veteran names and that had gone to the World Series over the Waltrus.  I don’t know what San Diego’s doing claiming Young; they have a bunch of 1B above him in the depth chart.

In the last Oriole thread, some people nominated me and a few others as the new GM staff.  Please, no.  Taking a job with the Orioles would be the equivalent of running one of those “Pimp My Ride” reality shows and having someone bring in their Dodge Dart.  Not Walter Young’s, of course - if he had a Dodge Dart, the fire department would have to be there with a tub of butter, posthaste.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Walter Young
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AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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467 53 113 22 1 16 63 31 115   2 .242 .301 .396
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Dan Szymborski Posted: January 20, 2006 at 06:19 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. CraigK Posted: January 20, 2006 at 03:28 PM (#1829952)
A 300-lb first baseman in the NL.


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
   2. CraigK Posted: January 20, 2006 at 03:28 PM (#1829954)
A 300-lb first baseman in the NL.


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
   3. CraigK Posted: January 20, 2006 at 03:31 PM (#1829956)
Sorry; page locked up and I thought it didn't post; my bad.
   4. RP Posted: January 20, 2006 at 03:32 PM (#1829957)
The problem is, of course, that the Orioles didn't say "hey, we don't need a 1B/DH that crappy" but just preferred equally inept 1B/DH that had veteran names and that had gone to the World Series over the Waltrus.

I don't like the Millar signing any more than you, but I don't think this is accurate. There's a decent chance Millar has an OPS+ in the 105-110 range. No way Young gets anywhere near that. (of course, they don't really need either since they already have Lopez, Gibbons, and Conine, but that's a separate issue.)
   5. Gromit Posted: January 20, 2006 at 04:48 PM (#1830041)
I guess Garth Brooks isn't available to waste Spring Training ABs this year, so they picked up the Waltrus to fill that need.
   6. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: January 20, 2006 at 06:12 PM (#1830224)
Yummmmm, Butter!
   7. Johnny Tuttle Posted: January 20, 2006 at 06:48 PM (#1830297)
Ironically, melted yet coolish butter and sugar clean up your hands gently after working on your cars.
   8. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: January 20, 2006 at 07:41 PM (#1830422)
I don't like the Millar signing any more than you, but I don't think this is accurate. There's a decent chance Millar has an OPS+ in the 105-110 range. No way Young gets anywhere near that.
He might. He has shown some ability in the past, and he's 26 now, which is when you want to give players a chance.
   9. Bob T Posted: January 20, 2006 at 08:16 PM (#1830500)
Chris Young and Walter Young on the same team. That's a lot of Young!
   10. MM1f Posted: January 20, 2006 at 08:21 PM (#1830509)
"Chris Young and Walter Young on the same team. That's a lot of Young! "

Now they just need the other Chris Young
   11. Cris E Posted: January 20, 2006 at 09:01 PM (#1830580)
Not Walter Young's, of course - if he had a Dodge Dart, the fire department would have to be there with a tub of butter, posthaste.


So he could eat it?
   12. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: January 20, 2006 at 09:51 PM (#1830674)
The Padres are cornering the market in Young players.
   13. Greg Schuler Posted: January 21, 2006 at 02:27 AM (#1831060)
Why is San Diego trying to reunite the 2002 Hickory Crawdads?

Walt is a big guy, but he is actually a little trimmer than he was a few years ago. And yes, Brian Graham knew this would happen.
   14. Gromit Posted: January 21, 2006 at 03:30 AM (#1831124)
The Padres are cornering the market in Young players.

That's right! They still have Eric Young.
Excellent!
   15. OlePerfesser Posted: January 21, 2006 at 04:22 PM (#1831395)
I think it's worth noting that Big Walt significantly outslugged Val Majewski, who is 1 year younger, at Bowie in '04. Majewski lost '05 to injury, but still merits a job on the O's 40-man.

Young, meanwhile, goes up to the Frozen Tundra for his first taste of Triple-A pitching in '05, loses a lot of power, and is tossed away in favor of Millar (at $2.1M, no less).

I'm not saying Walt is a new Pickering or Petagine by any means, but I can certainly see why Towers would think he's worth watching in the PCL for a few months. Maybe that Ottawa ballpark or climate just killed him last year. Maybe shedding a little baby fat will help his batspeed. Maybe he's a slow learner, or just needs confidence. But there's some upside potential there. Millar's only upside is he'll keep the beat writers happy and do lots of post-game interviews explaining why the O's lost again.
   16. RP Posted: January 25, 2006 at 03:05 PM (#1837066)
I think it's worth noting that Big Walt significantly outslugged Val Majewski, who is 1 year younger, at Bowie in '04. Majewski lost '05 to injury, but still merits a job on the O's 40-man.

Are you suggesting that Young is more worthy of a spot on the roster than Majewski? There are others who should have been dropped ahead of Young (why is David Newhan still on the team?), but Majewski isn't one of them.
   17. The Ghost of Archi Cianfrocco Posted: January 25, 2006 at 03:30 PM (#1837097)
I totally missed the Dodge Dart comment earlier and have to stand up and defend such a fine automobile. To pimp a Dart would be an affront - like putting a moustache on the Mona Lisa or a pitching staff in Colorado.
   18. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 29, 2006 at 05:42 PM (#1842546)
Speaking from observational experience, Walter Young has big-league power.
   19. fables of the deconstruction Posted: January 29, 2006 at 06:25 PM (#1842575)
In the last Oriole thread, some people nominated me and a few others as the new GM staff. Please, no.

#12 You, me and Dan for GM! Agnes Teviszymborski can handle this problem.

Dan,

You were conscripted by GtwMA. You can always take your "conscientious objector" status with you to Canada... ;) ...

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trevise
   20. John Reynard Posted: February 01, 2006 at 01:56 PM (#1846300)
Walter Young is the last thing the Padres needed. They already have too many guys to cram into 1B/DH. What does Walter do that Tagg Bozeid doesn't.
   21. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: February 01, 2006 at 02:03 PM (#1846303)
Ironically, melted yet coolish butter and sugar clean up your hands gently after working on your cars.


I only have <u>one</u> car, you snob.

I'll bet you have a garage, too. And you probably say it all fancy, while I just call it a "car hole".
   22. Most Favored Haitian Status Posted: March 04, 2006 at 12:45 AM (#1883013)
the fire department would have to be there with a tub of butter, posthaste.

Funny story. I was at the chili dog place (the one with the fat chef named Roger) getting my dogs with my coworker and after the waitress took my order, my coworker whispered, "Check out that big tub of butter." I was dismayed that he would be so quick to judge. Then the waitress moved and I saw the 10 gallon tub of butter between my coworker and Roger. Of course, it turned out to be ice cream, but at least his heart's in the right place.

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