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Phillies Player Review: Delmon Young

 (AP Photo).

(AP Photo).

Back in January of 2013, the Phillies signed Delmon Young to a one-year, $750,000 contract in the hopes that he would become their everyday right fielder. More importantly, the Phillies were hoping that Young would provide the right handed power that they have been missing since the departure of Jayson Werth in 2010.

The signing of Young was one that left Phillies fans scratching their heads. For starters, Young had not played right field in six years. He also only cracked 20 home runs once in his career, hitting 21 with Minnesota in 2010. The out-of-shape 28-year old is notoriously bad on defense which is why he spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter in the AL. He lacked speed which affected his mobility in the outfield, and ankle surgery, which would put him on the 15-day DL for the start of the 2013 season, wouldn’t help. The only plus side to his defense was his above average arm which allowed him to rack up 16 outfield assists in 2007.

Character issues also made Young a questionable signing. Back in 2006 while playing in the minors, Young was suspended for throwing a bat at an umpire after a disputed called third strike. He was also arrested for aggravated assault in 2012. Having good character players in the clubhouse is something that the Phillies have prided themselves on and Young did not fit the profile.

Due to ankle surgery in the offseason, Young started the 2013 season the the 15-day DL. He made is debut with the Phillies on April 30th against the Indians and homered in his first at bat, finishing the day 2-for-3. While this first game gave Phillies fans some hope, they were ultimately left in disappointment. Young never found his stride throughout the season although he enjoyed a productive June by batting .307 with three HR and 15 RBIs. His defensive faults were apparent throughout the season as he committed five errors and had trouble covering ground. After 80 games, the Phillies designated Young for assignment and eventually released him after he refused to play for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Rays on August 22nd.

Grade: D – The Delmon Young experiment was a total let down. While he enjoyed one productive stretch, he was unable to be the right handed power bat the Phillies were hoping for. His defense made him a liability in right despite his above average arm which earned him 4 outfield assist, but it was not enough to make Phillies fans forgive this disappointment. Now it’s your turn, Marlon Byrd.



  1. Lefty

    December 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I don’t grade players, but I give the organization an F- for this guy. I try not to come down too hard on the FO, but this move stunk from day one. The logic of promising him with his track record a starting right field position while he was injured in the offseason escapes me. We all panned the move when we first heard it, but I tried to give him a chance, I really did.

    How could we all see how bad an idea it was, but not them?

    • Phillies Fan from Germany

      December 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Totally agree. I remember being shocked When they really Stated he was going to be the every Day RF.

    • wbramh

      December 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      If there’s such a thing as a G- grade we found a match.

  2. Chuck A.

    December 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    PN is actually wasting an entire post to review this guy???

  3. wbramh

    December 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I had a suspicion Delmon wasn’t exactly going to light up this town when he announced he wasn’t ready to work out in Florida because it was still too cold down there.
    But enough of Delmon.
    Found an interesting tidbit on MLB Rumors directly related to the Tanaka sweepstakes and I’m soooo sure Ruben wants to know all about this development:

    “MLB negotiators’ latest proposal for the posting system would establish a maximum bid and include a provision prioritizing teams with low records, Sponichi reports (Japanese link). Under the plan, multiple teams could submit the maximum bid for a player, with negotiating rights going to the club that had the lowest winning precentage that year. Nippon Professional Baseball was scheduled to discuss the proposal in a meeting with the 12 NPB teams on Tuesday.”

    • Hogey's Role

      December 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Any team that ties for the max bid which 20 million will be able to negotiate with posted players… And I’m sure several teams will go to the max to obtain negotiating rights with tanaka… Hopefully the Phil’s can get in the war and land tanaka…
      We definitely need more starting pitching, and the way the offseason has gone, we are prioritizing our draft picks, so tanaka will not cost us a pick but with the new system his contract will be a little bigger than it would have been under the old system….

      With the way we are looking to build through the draft, at least it seems at this point anyway, I’m surprised we aren’t bringing in more established scouts and a better analytics department, to help sure up the staff we have now

      • Alex M.

        December 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

        I honestly think that this might hurt our chances of landing Tanaka, purely because now he wont come cheap. Essentially any team that bids $20M can negotiate with Tanaka which means he is essentially a free agent. Honestly other than maybe the Marlins, A’s, Cards and Nats, I think every team will try to negotiate since they only have to pay if they sign Tanaka. If it would have been on the old system someone would have bid $60M for him plus and then his contract would have been a lot less. With this system he will likely sign for at least $90M (in addition to the $20M) or more. A pitcher that was perfect last season and is only 25 is going to be a hot commodity and im not sure the Phillies will be able to compete. I think that we will end up with a starter at some point, but I honestly would not be surprised if it is Matt Garza or Bronson Arroyo.

      • George

        December 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

        I also believe this new posting system will hurt rather than help. I can imagine, at least in Tanaka’s case, that there will be 30 bids at $20 million, which is actually peanuts in today’s market. Then it’s just a free agent bidding contest, and teams that finsh third or lower aren’t going to be the favorites unless they come up with much bigger contracts than the playoff hopefuls.

        I wouldn’t doubt that by next season, this new posting system will be altered to something closer to reality.

      • Hogey's Role

        December 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

        The only thing I really have to say is at least the player gets some say as to where he wants to go instead of in the past the team with the highest bid was the team that either signed him or he rejected…

        This basically makes it free agency with the posting team collecting 20 million and the player getting a better contract, it seems fair in my eyes…

  4. Bob in Bucks

    December 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    D Young’s contract was not bad. I think if Revere had not been hurt Young would not have had as many PAs. Problem was we had no one to play the OF. Phillies remain woefully short in OF prospects. Everyone on the farm is a pitcher or maybe an infielder.

    • George

      December 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Young’s contract might not have been bad until they allowed so many of his incentives to be triggered. They could have signed almost anybody better for the money they eventually coughed up for Young.

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