Weekend hitter watch: Delmon Young
May, 13, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Perhaps you're not interested in the fact that Minnesota Twins outfielder Delmon Young is slated to return to the lineup Friday, after missing nearly a month with an oblique injury. We've discussed the enigmatic Young quite a bit over the past few seasons, but make no mistake: His 2010 campaign was legit. Young always hit for a decent average, but 21 home runs and 112 RBIs are good for all of us. If Young is healthy, I'm willing to discount all his April numbers (the .228 batting average and lack of power) and focus more on what he did in 2010.
Entering the season, I thought matching the 112 RBIs would be tough, but even 90 this season would still be respectable, meaning this player who most viewed as overrated for years has actually become a bit underrated. Young remained consistent last year despite the perceived extra demands on him to produce runs sans Justin Morneau in the lineup; he knocked in 58 runs prior to the All-Star break, and 54 after.
Joy R. Absalon/US PresswireThe struggling Twins offense could really use Delmon Young's bat.