Monday, December 8, 2008

Bench Options

The Twins traded for one of the top hitting prospects in all of baseball last year in Delmon Young. Now, after one year they`re shopping him and their manager doesn't see him as one of their starting outfielders if he stays with the Twins.

He showed promise last year, just not enough to be a corner outfielder, yet. Two years ago he was considered the number one prospect in all of baseball. He`s still only 23, when most players are only starting to reach the majors.

Put into perspective, his numbers weren't that bad either. His EQA in 2007 was .259 and last year it was .268. His plate disciplince is his biggest problem but many players his age have the same problem. Again though, that has improved since he first came up in 2006. He`s still one of the best raw talents in all of baseball.

This is a great opportunity to buy low and benefit from the Twins impatience. He very well could be the starting corner outfielder of the future. In a year they`re going to have to rebuild their outfield. I would love to see them bring in Delmon Young as a backup for 2009 when Matsui, Damon, or Nady inevitably get hurt. As a plus he used to play centerfield but I`m not sure if he can still handle the position.