Sunday, March 18, 2012

Better Know a Tiger: Delmon Young

As we slowly inch toward the MLB regular season, here at DNR we will take a closer look at some of the key players in the Tigers’ pursuit of championship in 2012. Next, in in-depth look at the Tigers’ left fielder/designated hitter/constant source of trade bait talk, Mr. Delmon Young.

Full Name: Delmon Damarcus Young

Date of Birth: September 14, 1985 (26 years old)

From: Birmingham, Alabama

Height: 6’3

Weight: 200 lbs (yeah, in his bra)

High School: Adolfo Camarillo (Camarillo, CA)

College: None

Journey To Detroit: Drafted #1 overall in the 2003 MLB Draft by Tampa Bay. On November 28, 2007, he was traded with Brendan Harris and Jason Pridie to Minnesota for Eduardo Morlan, Jason Bartlett, and Matt Garza. On August 15, 2001, he was traded to Detroit for Cole Nelson and Lester Oliveros.

Best Season: 2010: .298 Avg, 21 HR, 112 RBI, 124 OPS+

Worst Season: 2011: .268 Avg, 12 HR, 64 RBI, 90 OPS+

2012 Salary: $6.75 million

Career earnings through 2011: $11.9 million

Likes

-Throwing the ball (Don Zimmer once compared his arm to many of the all-time greats)

-Brennan Boesch

-Playing defense (though he’s awful at it)

-His tongue

Dislikes

-Obliques

-Catching the ball

-Minor league umpires

-Closing his mouth while batting

-Being a DH

-Taking a pitch…any pitch

-Being called Elmon

-Sabermetrics

Did You Know?

-Delmon and his brother Dmitri were the first pair of brothers to be top five draft picks. Delmon was 1st in 2003, while Dmitri was 4th overall in 1991.

-Speaking of the 2003 Draft, after Delmon went 1st and Rickie Weeks went 2nd to Milwaukee, the Tigers took Kyle Sleeth with the third pick. This means they passed on other first round selections like Nick Markakis, Paul Maholm, John Danks, Aaron Hill, David Aardsma, Chad Billingsley, Carlos Quentin, and Adam Jones. Seriously, other than Verlander, we are the worst drafting team of all time. Blows my mind. But that’s another ranting post…

-Delmon made his MLB debut on August 28, 2006, which was exactly ten years to the day of Dmitri’s MLB debut. In his first at bat, he was hit by a Freddy Garcia pitch. His next at bat, he K’d. In his third, he got his first MLB hit…a 412 foot home run.

-Delmon joined Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammell, and Magglio Ordonez as the only Tigers to hit multiple homers in the same postseason game with his two in Game 5 against Texas in the ALCS.

Outlook for 2012

Three of the past four years, he’s led the league in errors by a left fielder. If they somehow convince the man to do what’s best for the team and DH the majority of the time, I expect him to be great. His poor overall numbers last year, I think, were due to injury more than anything, and he's entering his prime right now. He looked much better after the trade to Detroit and was a beast in the playoffs. And he’s been drilling the ball this Spring. So as long as his defense doesn’t kill us, I look forward to DY being the Bosh to Prince and Miguel’s Wade and James. Obviously, the exception being, I would enjoy seeing this group win a championship.

2 comments:

Damian56xx said...

I could be wrong (and with prognosticating about teams and especially individual player, being far more often all wrong than even partly right), I think that Delmon is quite capable of, and will hit well over .300 and he might even challenge Miggy at times for the team lead. He will of course not get to and/or boot a few bouncing balls in LF...the total  depending upon how often he plays there and doesn't DH. Young has all of the motivation necessary, to hit and field as well as he is able to, being on a (likely@ the very minimum) division championship club, as well as it being his contract year.


However. there is a good chance that he might be traded as part of a deal for a postseason-worthy LH veteran SP, prior to the trade deadline, if the Tigers' brain-trust decides that they are in need, (and I believe that they already are and if not now, soon certainly will be) The ONLY '06 WS game that the Tigers won, was that which was pitched by the  LH Kenny Rogers...

Jayvee7777 said...

Shouldn't Boesch be the Bosh?