DELWYN YOUNG
UT, Pittsburgh Pirates
Age: 27
Born: June 30, 1982
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 209
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: 4th Round, 121st Overall, 2002
How Acquired: Trade (for Eric Krebs/Cash)
College: Riverside CC
Agent: Matt Colleran
SCOUTING REPORT
The Pirates added Delwyn Young in 2009 on a very low risk deal, sending two players to be named later for Young, who had been designated for assignment two days prior to the deal.  The Pirates ended up sending minor leaguer Eric Krebs and cash considerations.  Young ended up hitting for a .266/.326/.381 line, although his numbers were impacted by a full time move to second base in the final two months.

Ever since the acquisition, Young had been working with 2009 infield coach Perry Hill on a transition to second base.  After Freddy Sanchez was traded to the San Francisco Giants, the Pirates gave Young a chance to be the full time second baseman.  The experiment, however, didn’t work out as planned, forcing the Pirates to seek help for the second base position in the off-season with the Akinori Iwamura trade.

Young had a .323/.381/.427 line in 167 at-bats as a bench player prior to taking over full time at second base.  In his time at second, Young posted a .214/.267/.332 line in 187 at-bats. The poor numbers could be attributed to the amount of time and effort Young spent on his defense at second base.  The only problem is that Young’s defense didn’t come along as expected, with a -17.1 UZR/150 at second base.

Young will move back to a bench role in 2010, where he showed a lot of success in 2009.  If he can replicate the 2009 bench numbers, he will be a big asset for the Pirates, with the ability to fill in at second base or the corner outfield spots in the case of an emergency.

STATS


CONTRACT INFORMATION
2006: League Minimum
2007: League Minimum
2008: $391,000 in majors
2009: $406,000
2010: $444,500
2011: Arbitration Eligible
2012: Arbitration Eligible
2013: Arbitration Eligible

Other Details:
  • N/A
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2002
MLB Debut: 9/7/2006
MLB FA Eligible: 2014
Added to 40-Man: 11/23/2004
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2005, 2006, 2007)
MLB Service Time: 2.068
AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS / PROSPECT RANKINGS
AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS
PROSPECT RANKINGS
2003: South Atlantic League All-Star 2B
2004: Baseball America 2nd Team Minor League All-Star 2B
2004: High-A All-Star 2B
2004: Florida State League All-Star 2B
2007: Pacific Coast League All-Star OF
2007: Dodgers Minor League Player of the Year
Baseball America

2007: #13 LAD
2008: #9 LAD

TRANSACTIONS
June 5, 2000: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round, 400th overall pick.
June 5, 2001: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 29th round, 885th overall pick.
June 4, 2002: Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 4th round, 121st overall pick.
June 12, 2002: Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to a minor league contract.
November 23, 2004: Contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
April 13, 2009: Designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
April 15, 2009: Acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named later. Pittsburgh later sent Eric Krebs and cash (one dollar) to complete the deal.
November 19, 2010: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.