In a minor league deal the Orioles have added yet another outfielder in Delmon Young. Once a highly touted prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization; Young has failed to live up to the hype. He has defensive limitations in the field and his free-swinging ways lead to a lot of strikeouts and poor contact leading to double plays. He hardly ever walks, so in order to get anything out of him he has to be hitting for his modest power. This could happen if he’s strictly limited to facing lefties in which over his career he’s done significantly more damage over the years.
There is an upside here in that Young is still, well, rather young. Although he’s been in the major leagues for 8 seasons now, he is still only 28. He is a good player to have waiting around in the minors at the very least if something happens with injuries or other players the Orioles have currently don’t pan out. That list includes a whole slew of names such as oft-injured Nolan Reimold, Cuban defector Henry Urrutia, recently traded for David Lough, and several free agents the O’s have signed; Quintin Berry, Xavier Paul, Julio Borbon, and Francisco Peguero.
There is a chance that Young could be part of a platoon in LF and also see time at DH to limit his negatives in the field. Low risk with a potential return on investment if Young can sort of regain his form.