Baseball Crank
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August 31, 2006
BASEBALL: Rays of Hope

With BJ Upton and Delmon Young finally in the lineup, the Devil Rays should start getting a look at the building blocks they need for a contending team. Personally, these guys are a big reason why I think they should set a minimum age (say, 28) to be a free agent, rather than incentivize excitement-starved teams like the Rays to keep their green but talented young prospects at AAA to avoid accruing service time.

Fun fact about Upton: his real name is Melvin Emanuel Upton. Upton had a disappointing year with the bat at AAA, though I suspect a lot of that was mental pressure and frustration from being trapped in AAA two seasons after getting an extended big-league cup of coffee. I see nothing wrong with Upton that some maturity and job security can't fix.

As for Young, he batted .316 with 22 doubles and 22 steals as a 20-year-old at AAA Durham in a half-season's work, all signs of a great future power-speed guy. But he hit just 8 homers, which means he's probably not a big HR threat just yet (though you never know what sort of hot streak he might run off in September). His 65/15 K/BB ratio is also not a great sign, but again he's young.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:54 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Regarding Young's stats, in other words, he looks almost exactly like Jose Reyes at that age, so things look great for him! (sorry, just can't resist tweaking the Met fans every once in a blue moon).

Posted by: Thom at September 1, 2006 12:08 AM
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