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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pirates - Acquired Young

Pittsburgh Pirates - Acquired OF Delwyn Young from the Los Angeles Dodgers for future considerations.

Once it became clear that Young didn’t have a future as second baseman, the Dodgers pretty much lost interest in him.  He hung around the Dodgers after some injuries, but played sparingly and started the season back at Albuquerque.  Young probably won’t ever be deserving of a starting role, but there’s no reason he can’t be a valuable role player (and play 2B in an emergency) for the next 5-6 years.  He’s certainly a better player than Juan Pierre.

For the Pirates, it doesn’t strike me as a great fit, though Young is certainly worth a flier.  Young should really be playing in the minors, what with the Pirates having a leftfielder starting in center and, including Young, five outfielders on the roster that should be 4th-5th outfielders.

2009 ZiPS Projection - Delwyn Young
Period       AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Year-to-Date   9   0   1   0 0   0   0   1   2   0 .111 .200 .111  
Rest-of-Yr   361 40   91 25 1   8 41 24 71   2 .252 .301 .393
Total       370 40   92 25 1   8 41 25 73   2 .249 .298 .386

Year-to-date and totals include minor-league translations, if applicable


Dan Szymborski Posted: April 16, 2009 at 03:46 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: April 16, 2009 at 04:04 PM (#3140778)
Of course, if Young could be in the minors, he'd still be with LA.
   2. Dan Szymborski Posted: April 16, 2009 at 04:09 PM (#3140786)
Ah, I missed him being designated for assignment - I had assume that if he was playing for Albuquerque, he had an option year left.
   3. DL from MN Posted: April 16, 2009 at 04:18 PM (#3140804)
Damn, I was hoping the Twins got something decent for Delmon Young. Maybe later.
   4. regfairfield Posted: April 16, 2009 at 04:31 PM (#3140832)
Looking at that ZIPS Pierre is the better player. He's probably got 30-40 points of on base percentage on Young, along with much better defense and speed. Young is one of those guys that doesn't do anything particularly well, so the only real chance he had for a job is on a team that runs Nyjer Morgan out there on a regular basis.
   5. JMPH Posted: April 16, 2009 at 04:32 PM (#3140833)
Damn, I was hoping the Twins got something decent for Delmon Young. Maybe later.

"Pirates - Acquired Young" is probably not what I'd want to see if it were Delmon.

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