Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Michael Young
Fantasy baseball player profile - Michael Young.
Michael Young is one of the most underrated players in Major League Baseball. When you play on the awful Texas Rangers, it's easy to fall between the cracks. But Michael Young is one of the top young players in all of MLB. He won the All-Star Game MVP in 2006, which is one of the few distinctions the Rangers have in the last few years.
Michael Young took over at shortstop for the Rangers after the departure of Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees. Young had played 2nd base for the Rangers when A-Rod was in Texas. His play would have made Rangers fans forget all about A-Rod, except the Rangers are still helping the Yankees pay off the Rodriguez contract.
Young started off the 2007 season in a big slump. He completely dropped off the map in the first two months of the season, hitting close to .200. Young's sorry numbers were a large reason the Rangers had the worst record in baseball at one time. But his last month has seen Young getting hot again. With Michael Young leading the way, the Rangers have actually won 5 of their last 6 series, including series wins over the Tigers and Red Sox.
It looks like it's time for Young to gain ground back in the quiet anonymity of the Ballpark in Arlington. If you want a late season addition, try to trade for Young while his value is still down. His fantasy owner is probably shell-shocked from the bad first couple of months of the season. The general bad aura of playing (and losing) for the Rangers still surrounds him, so you might be able to get him for cheap. The second half of his season should greatly exceed the numbers of the first half of the season.
In day-to-day fantasy sites like FantasySportsLive, you should be able grab Young as a cheap option at shortstop for the time being. This helps bust the salary cap, because you have to choose a few bargain players in your line-up. I've seen one scenario where Jeter is going for $100,000, while Michael Young is going for $20,000. Jeter might be better, but I bet their numbers from the midpoint of the season to the end won't be that great. So though Michael Young's production hasn't justified the (no doubt) high draft choice you spent on him, if you can add him to the roster now, Young comes at a bargain price.
Michael Young Former Stats
Michael Young was 2nd in the American League in hits in both 2003 and 2004. In 2005, Young won the American League batting title. He dropped to 13th in hitting in 2006, though his average at .313 was just points out of the top ten. He once again was second in the majors with hits, this time collecting 217.
Young signed an $80,000,000 contract in the offseason, making him the cornerstone of Rangers' teams for the next 5-8 years. The pressure of living up to that huge contract might have affected Young's play early in the season, though he seems to have got his head right with ball and returning to his old form. Young's play over the 4 year period from 2003 to 2006 indicates he is a premier player in all of baseball.
One thing to watch out for with Young, though, is the line up around him. At the moment, the Rangers have one of the better young lineups in baseball, filling it out with Mark Texeira and Hank Blalock. But both Teixeira and Blalock are the subject of trade rumors.
Blalock was offered in a trade for Josh Beckett last offseason, so he is considered expendable to the Rangers in the long run. Blalock's 2007 injury situation probably precludes him from being traded this year, but that could come into play next season.
As for Teixeira, his days are numbered in a Rangers uniform. He has the 2007 and 2008 years remaining on his contract, and after that he will opt for a huge contract in free agency. With Scott Boras as his agent, Teixeira will go to the highest bidder, which will certainly not be the Rangers.
Knowing this fact, there is a lot of speculation that the Rangers will try to trade Tex in July 2007, just before the trade deadline. They will be able to get more in return if they trade Teixeira with a year and two months on his contract, instead of the usual two month rent-a-player many contenders trade for. With Texeira of the Rangers roster, that could affect the way pitchers pitch to Michael Young, who will most certainly remain with the Texas Rangers.
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Posted on July 5, 2007.