Michael Young Player Projection No. 47

Key Stats: Just take a look at the what they’re saying section, and you get the idea of where Michael Young’s value comes into play. Depending on the type of league he could be eligible at three different infield positions. There isn’t a player that should be taken ahead of Young that plays that many positions.  Going back to 2002, Young has never been placed on the disabled list. That is the biggest reason why he is the only third base eligible player to be ranked in the top 100 for six straight seasons.

Skeptics Say:  Maybe he’s never been on the DL, but studies show that he is human. He will be 35 this season. None of his numbers are really troubling in terms of Young heading toward a downward trend other than the home run production. That said, if he continues to hit for average and just hit in the Rangers lineup, it won’t matter in the grand scheme of a fantasy season.

Peer Comparison: Young needs 940 hits to get to 3,000 for his career. It seems like it’s a stretch at this point, but it’s far from out of the question. What it means is that he will need to get 188 hits each of the next five seasons (and play until he’s 39) or 157 hits per season each of the next six seasons (and play until he’s 40). Over the last ten seasons, Young has averaged 196 hits per season. Among the 13 players to reach the 3,000 hit club since 1980, only three have gotten more than 940 hits after their age 34 seasons.

Player

Hits

Craig Biggio

1091

Paul Molitor

1233

Dave Winfield

1027

Lineup Outlook: Young spent more than half the season hitting fourth last season, but when you think of a cleanup hitter you usually don’t think of 11 home runs. Given that the Rangers have several 30 home run threats, it will be interesting to see if they move Young into the number two spot and move Elvis Andrus down in the order or to lead off (and put Ian Kinsler fifth or sixth).

What They’re Saying: CBS Sportsline: #9 First Baseman & #9 Third Baseman; Tristan Cockcroft of ESPN.com: #9 Third Baseman #11 First Baseman & #73 Overall; Yahoo: #12 First Baseman, #7 Second Baseman, #10 Third Baseman & #62 Overall; Mock Draft Central ADP: #60 Overall; RotoChamp: #25 Overall

Projection: Young had a career low strikeout rate last season while maintaining his walk rate. It was peculiar, but if you have to believe he will fall somewhere in the middle in terms of his strikeout rates from 2010 and 2011 this season.
91 R 12 HR 87 RBI 3 SB .306 AVG .368 OBP .835 OPS in 600 at-bats

Michael Young Player Projection No. 47

Key Stats: Just take a look at the what they’re saying section, and you get the idea of where Michael Young’s value comes into play. Depending on the type of league he could be eligible at three different infield positions. There isn’t a player that should be taken ahead of Young that plays that many positions.  Going back to 2002, Young has never been placed on the disabled list. That is the biggest reason why he is the only third base eligible player to be ranked in the top 100 for six straight seasons.

Skeptics Say:  Maybe he’s never been on the DL, but studies show that he is human. He will be 35 this season. None of his numbers are really troubling in terms of Young heading toward a downward trend other than the home run production. That said, if he continues to hit for average and just hit in the Rangers lineup, it won’t matter in the grand scheme of a fantasy season.

Peer Comparison: Young needs 940 hits to get to 3,000 for his career. It seems like it’s a stretch at this point, but it’s far from out of the question. What it means is that he will need to get 188 hits each of the next five seasons (and play until he’s 39) or 157 hits per season each of the next six seasons (and play until he’s 40). Over the last ten seasons, Young has averaged 196 hits per season. Among the 13 players to reach the 3,000 hit club since 1980, only three have gotten more than 940 hits after their age 34 seasons.

Player

Hits

Craig Biggio

1091

Paul Molitor

1233

Dave Winfield

1027

Lineup Outlook: Young spent more than half the season hitting fourth last season, but when you think of a cleanup hitter you usually don’t think of 11 home runs. Given that the Rangers have several 30 home run threats, it will be interesting to see if they move Young into the number two spot and move Elvis Andrus down in the order or to lead off (and put Ian Kinsler fifth or sixth).

What They’re Saying: CBS Sportsline: #9 First Baseman & #9 Third Baseman; Tristan Cockcroft of ESPN.com: #9 Third Baseman #11 First Baseman & #73 Overall; Yahoo: #12 First Baseman, #7 Second Baseman, #10 Third Baseman & #62 Overall; Mock Draft Central ADP: #60 Overall; RotoChamp: #25 Overall

Projection: Young had a career low strikeout rate last season while maintaining his walk rate. It was peculiar, but if you have to believe he will fall somewhere in the middle in terms of his strikeout rates from 2010 and 2011 this season.
91 R 12 HR 87 RBI 3 SB .306 AVG .368 OBP .835 OPS in 600 at-bats