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, Kendrys Morales Comparison


 

Now that the Baltimore Orioles have gone out to the free agent market and purchased a couple of pricey items off the shelf, it seems that the fans would like to see them continue to fill up the shopping cart a bit more. Spending is contagious, though it is sort of like Margaret Thatcher’s famous critique of socialism, “Eventually you run out of other people’s money to spend.”

I have to say that I am a bit surprised at the level of interest from Orioles fans to particularly pursue Kendrys Morales. This, of course, would involve some considerable expense over several years and the loss of another draft pick. Morales (a Scott Boras client) turned down a qualifying offer of $14.1 million – looking now like a bad decision.

I have written on previous occasions about the entire LF/DH situation, about which there are roughly 10 players in the running for these positions. My conclusion was that a platoon in LF of David Lough and Nolan Reimold, with a DH platoon of Delmon Young and Henry Urrutia would be a decent solution. I know that not everyone agrees with this and that some people would like the strength of an accomplished regular designated hitter … like … oh … say … Kendrys Morales?

It has been my intent at some point to lay down, side by side, the statistics of both Young and Morales. Young is with the Orioles on a minor league contract with invite to spring training. Morales would probably cost about 15 times as much to secure.

Young is younger. This will be the former first-rounder’s age 28 season. People are surprised he is not older, in that he has been around for a long time. Morales will be in his age 31 season. Young bats from the right side, while Morales is a switch-hitter.

Their career averages are similar with Young at .282 and Morales at .280.  Kendrys does hit with a bit more power, and his OBP is better in that he works more walks. The situational splits are interesting relative to average against LHP/RHP – Young is .303/.267 and Morales is .262/.286.

Young has a current streak of playing in five consecutive postseasons – Twins in 2009, Tigers in 2010-12, Rays 2013.

In speaking with the Orioles’ media this week he said, “Offensively, defensively, pitching, this team stacks up with the teams that I’ve been to that I’ve gone to the playoffs, that have gone deep in the playoffs and teams that narrowly miss … a lot of power arms, power bats and a lot of good athletes here.”

In that Morales would be massively more expensive, possess no defensive potential at all, and be a terrapin-like baserunner … along with all the current choices available, I don’t see the slightly better offensive numbers over Young to be worth it. To put a negative spin on a Buck Showalter common quote these days, “I don’t think he is worth waiting for.”

I understand there is another opinion and another take on this subject. But I say, “Save the money to spend on keeping Chris Davis.”

Here are the stats for the two players… Young first, then Morales (from Baseball-Reference.com) …

Year

Age

Tm

Lg

G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

2006

20

TBD AL

30

131

126

16

40

9

1

3

10

2

2

1

24

.317

.336

.476

.812

2007

21

TBD AL

162

681

645

65

186

38

0

13

93

10

3

26

127

.288

.316

.408

.723

2008

22

MIN AL

152

623

575

80

167

28

4

10

69

14

5

35

105

.290

.336

.405

.741

2009

23

MIN AL

108

416

395

50

112

16

2

12

60

2

5

12

92

.284

.308

.425

.733

2010

24

MIN AL

153

613

570

77

170

46

1

21

112

5

4

28

81

.298

.333

.493

.826

2011

25

TOT AL

124

503

473

54

127

21

1

12

64

1

0

23

85

.268

.302

.393

.695

2011

25

MIN AL

84

325

305

26

81

16

0

4

32

1

0

18

55

.266

.305

.357

.662

2011

25

DET AL

40

178

168

28

46

5

1

8

32

0

0

5

30

.274

.298

.458

.756

2012

26

DET AL

151

608

574

54

153

27

1

18

74

0

2

20

112

.267

.296

.411

.707

2013

27

TOT MLB

103

361

334

30

87

16

0

11

38

0

0

20

78

.260

.307

.407

.715

2013

27

PHI NL

80

291

272

22

71

13

0

8

31

0

0

14

69

.261

.302

.397

.699

2013

27

TBR AL

23

70

62

8

16

3

0

3

7

0

0

6

9

.258

.329

.452

.780

Career

983

3936

3692

426

1042

201

10

100

520

34

21

165

704

.282

.316

.423

.739

 

Year

Age

Tm

Lg

G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

2006

23

LAA AL

57

215

197

21

46

10

1

5

22

1

1

17

28

.234

.293

.371

.664

2007

24

LAA AL

43

126

119

12

35

10

0

4

15

0

1

6

21

.294

.333

.479

.812

2008

25

LAA AL

27

66

61

7

13

2

0

3

8

0

1

4

7

.213

.273

.393

.666

2009

26

LAA AL

152

622

566

86

173

43

2

34

108

3

7

46

117

.306

.355

.569

.924

2010

27

LAA AL

51

211

193

29

56

5

0

11

39

0

1

12

31

.290

.346

.487

.833

2012

29

LAA AL

134

522

484

61

132

26

1

22

73

0

1

31

116

.273

.320

.467

.787

2013

30

SEA AL

156

657

602

64

167

34

0

23

80

0

0

49

114

.277

.336

.449

.785

Career

620

2419

2222

280

622

130

4

102

345

4

12

165

434

.280

.333

.480

.813

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  • John

    Generally I agree – I would have liked to hear a discussion about character, which does count….