Sep 27, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Delmon Young (15) hits a solo home run in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles – Delmon Young Signed to Minor League Deal

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Early this evening the Baltimore Orioles announced the signing of Delmon Young to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Does this satisfy the critics within the fan base who have clamored for someone to be signed that they have at least heard of before?  Probably not.

I will say that Young, who is still pretty young at age 28, is one of those guys who always seemed to be driving the ball hard somewhere whenever I saw him play.

Apparently the thought here is that he could perhaps be a right-handed bat in the vein of the departed Danny Valencia. He is a career .303 hitter against lefties.

Young’s best years were in Minnesota, where the outfielder batted .287 over four seasons. And in 2010 he batted .298 with 21 homers and 112 RBIs.  He has never hit lower than .260.

Here is a quick chart of his career stats:

Year

Age

Tm

Lg

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2006

20

TBD AL

30

126

16

40

9

1

3

10

1

24

.317

.336

.476

2007

21

TBD AL

162

645

65

186

38

0

13

93

26

127

.288

.316

.408

2008

22

MIN AL

152

575

80

167

28

4

10

69

35

105

.290

.336

.405

2009

23

MIN AL

108

395

50

112

16

2

12

60

12

92

.284

.308

.425

2010

24

MIN AL

153

570

77

170

46

1

21

112

28

81

.298

.333

.493

2011

25

MIN AL

84

305

26

81

16

0

4

32

18

55

.266

.305

.357

2011

25

DET AL

40

168

28

46

5

1

8

32

5

30

.274

.298

.458

2012

26

DET AL

151

574

54

153

27

1

18

74

20

112

.267

.296

.411

2013

27

PHI NL

80

272

22

71

13

0

8

31

14

69

.261

.302

.397

2013

27

TBR AL

23

62

8

16

3

0

3

7

6

9

.258

.329

.452

8 Yrs

983

3692

426

1042

201

10

100

520

165

704

.282

.316

.423

 

So is it a crazy idea to sign Delmon Young? Not really. Right now the other options for DH are Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce (with the projection of David Lough in left field as a regular). Here is a chart that compares Young’s 2013 numbers (which were poor compared to all previous years) with those of the combined Orioles DHs:

Year

Name

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

2013

Young

103

334

30

87

16

0

11

38

20

78

.260

.307

.407

.715

2013

O’s DHs

152

552

76

129

31

3

21

69

42

142

.234

.289

.415

.704

 

If the Orioles kept Reimold, Young, and Henry Urrutia, along with starting outfielders Lough, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, they could against lefties even put Nolan in left field with Young at DH. And then they could against righties have Lough in left and Urrutia at DH. This runs the infield a bit thin with only one reserve (alternating Ryan Flaherty and Jamile Weeks) along with two catchers, but that is workable.

Maybe I’m this optimistic tonight because I spent time today painting … you know, throw it on the wall and see what sticks. The problem with all of these options and marginal pieces is that one of them could get super hot in spring training, earn the job, and then turn to ice on the trip north. Two words for you: Jake Fox.  But even if that happens, Duquette always has a line of others waiting to be the next Nate McLouth; and maybe the next of those is Delmon Young.

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