Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Is Delmon Young FINALLY Coming Around?
Looking deeper into the numbers, there is even more reason to be excited about Young's performance so far this season than his recent hot streak. In 50 games so far this season, Delmon's walk rate (13.2%) is much lower than his career average (19.4%), his walk rate (7.0%) is up from his career average (4.3%) and his ISO (isolated power, which is SLG% minus batting average) is higher than it's every been at .192. To summarize, Young is walking more, striking out less and hitting for more power. I know the sample size isn't spectacular, but here's another tidbit for ya. Young's career BABIP (batting avg. on ball in-play) is .334. To this point in the 2010 season, his BABIP is .276, which suggests that he's been somewhat unlucky so far and that his overall numbers could even be better than they are if a few hits fell here and there.
I'll keep my eye on Young as we enter the middle part of the baseball season, but suffice to say he is showing some signs of waking up offensively. If he can continue to be patient at the plate, I see no reason why his recent success won't continue. The issue for Gardenhire is going to be getting Young consistent playing time. The problem has been alleviated somewhat by Cuddyer being on the bereavement list, but he comes back tonight meaning that LF/DH will once again be a platoon, leaving Gardenhire to play 'musical chairs' with Thome, Young and Kubel. Who knew signing Thome would cause such problems?