Originally Posted by Kc61
Young has been a bench player on the Rockies. He had a great year in 2012 in limited PAs. He hasn't been a starter and his defense has generally received low grades. Doesn't throw that well.
On the other hand, his UZR rating for 2012 was good, and I read one report saying his defense improved dramatically.
Fast, can steal bases, switch hitter. Good OBP. Good plate discipline. Very little power. Works hard and hustles.
Very intriguing idea for the Reds. With Fowler in Colorado, Young should be obtainable and hopefully would get on base frequently as a leadoff hitter. Doubt he will be Stubbs' equal in CF defensively.
Scouts like his defense, generally. He doesn't have a strong arm but he's got good range and decent instincts.
He was a bench player for the first half of the year but while part of that was because he was coming off a bad year, the other part is the Rockies didn't need him. Where would he play? They had Scutaro at second and Gonzalez-Fowler and Cuddyer in the outfield. So Young's being a bench player this year wasn't necessarily an indictment on his abilities.
I think Young is a potentially great tablesetter this season for the Reds. If he's able to pick up where he left off with the bat, then perhaps he'd justify being moved to left field when Hamilton is ready.