The Countdown Continues: Michael Young

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Young has spent his entire career in the majors with the Texas Rangers. But he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round of the 1997 out of UC Santa Barbara. He joined the Texas Rangers on July 19, 2000 in a trade that sent Esteban Loaiza to Toronto for Young and Darwin Cubillan. His first appearance in the big leagues was on September 29, 2000 versus the Oakland A’s.

Over his career, which will likely be good enough to put him into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, he has played in 12 seasons, including one complete season and four seasons where he missed 3 games or less. Young has been versatile in saying that he has played from shortstop, to third base, and now being used as the designated hitter and utility infielder.

Offensively for his career he has hit .304/.350/.451 with 169 homeruns and 2061 hits. He has 499 walks to 1082 strikeouts. The 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio is consistent for him across most of his career. Not only is his position on the field ever changing but so is his position in the lineup.

2011 was an excellent year for Michael Young although it started off very brutal following his demands to be traded following the decision to bring Adrian Beltre in to play third base and effectively removing Michael Young from his position. In the end cooler heads prevailed and Young went on to hit .338/.380/.474 in 159 games. Which arguably makes 2011 his finest year as a Ranger. While his homeruns were down his hits were up and he had the most RBI’s of his career at 106.

There is no reason to think that 2012 will not see a continue in the magic of Michael Young. The infield is going to stay the same as in 2011 so he should see plenty of time in the infield as well the remainder of the time at the DH position. Michael Young will want to show that his 2011 season is not a fluke but just a reminder that he is still a force to be reckoned with.

As Always Go Rangers!

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