Posted at 6:07 AM on May 28, 2008
by David Zingler
Delmon Young's disappointing season took a turn for the worse last night when he badly misplayed a fly ball which turned into a 3-run, inside-the-park homerun and sent the game into extra innings. To top it off, Young went 0 for 6 in the game and is now hitting .262/.318/.333 with 0 homers. Yikes! It kind of makes you pine for Jason Tyner.
Convential wisdom says that Young is too young and too talented to write off. He was the centerpiece of the Twins off-season acquistions and like Carlos Gomez, politics will play a role in keeping him in the line-up (if they haven't already). At the same time, Jason Kubel and Craig Monroe have proven to be more productive this year. It's a shame that Kubel, who is second on the team in homeruns and RBI is not in the line-up everyday for a team that sorely needs more offense.
If my calculations are correct, Young is not out of options, so why not send him to Rochester for a few weeks where he'll hopefully pound International League pitching and get his confidence back?
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The question is, if he's not listening to the Twins coaches, is he going to listen to the coaches down at Rochester? But I agree, he's certainly too young to give up on.
The team didn't give up on Cuddyer at the lengthy and bumpy beginning to his career.
It didn't give up on Kubel or Hunter.
Why would it give up on Young?
Sending him to the minors would not be "giving up on him", it would be a developmental thing. Cuddyer and Kubel went up and down several times.
Kubel should get the nod for a few days, a week to really give him a chance to shine on the team. Have you seen how big he is these days, he reminds me of Ortiz. With him productive and Delmon Young really struggling I think that a switch might be good for the team.