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Postby killa3312 » Mon Dec 25, 2006 7:56 pm

The player Delmon reminded me most of, from the time he was drafted to now, is Andre Dawson. From the huge arm in RF to the aggressiveness at the plate and the ability to steal bases... that's who he reminds me of. And he has the potential to be better than the Hawk. Yeah, he doesn't walk a lot, but he does have a good eye. I know it's hard to believe, but based on watching him with Tampa this past season... he's very aggressive on the first pitch, and falls behind 0-2 a lot, but he doesn't swing at a lot of bad pitches (ala, Jeff Francouer). When he sees a pitch he think he can't hit, he usually lays off of it. He's very aggressive within the strike zone, but not so much outside of it.

I think, as time goes on and with the respect he'll garner for his hitting prowess, and as he figures pitchers out more, he'll start to take more walks. There were several managers calling him a Hall of Famer after 126 ABs in the majors, and even a couple hinted the name Frank Robinson after seeing him play. Don't believe me? There's a blog from Peter Gammons for insiders on ESPN.com that mentions that very thing. I'm not ready to bust out the comparisons to an all-time great like Frank Robinson, but that's how a lot of people see his ceiling as (He's also been compared to Albert Belle, who, if not for all his problems, would of been a HoF lock).

Delmon Young will be a great major league player... I'd be shocked if he wasn't.
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Postby suppasonic » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:43 am

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steagles wrote:dukes can't go back to durham, so he is pretty much forced to either play in the majors or be traded.

a dukes-crawford-young outfield would be pretty sweet, even though i'm not that high on delmon.


why do you say this? :-?


I'm wondering the same thing. Have him on a Dynasty team...would love for him to start this year.
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Postby deerayfan072 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 3:53 pm

suppasonic wrote:
deerayfan072 wrote:
steagles wrote:dukes can't go back to durham, so he is pretty much forced to either play in the majors or be traded.

a dukes-crawford-young outfield would be pretty sweet, even though i'm not that high on delmon.


why do you say this? :-?


I'm wondering the same thing. Have him on a Dynasty team...would love for him to start this year.


He had a very good chance, but i think due to the Knee injury he will be back in AAA to start the season but will get a call-up.
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Postby steagles » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:44 pm

deerayfan072 wrote:
steagles wrote:dukes can't go back to durham, so he is pretty much forced to either play in the majors or be traded.

a dukes-crawford-young outfield would be pretty sweet, even though i'm not that high on delmon.


why do you say this? :-?
read this thread:

http://www.minorleagueball.com/story/20 ... 211933/501

i'm not so foolish as to believe all of what the original poster said, but between him, and the comments later on, a pretty bleak picture is painted as to the possibility of dukes returning to durham next season.
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Postby deerayfan072 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:51 pm

steagles wrote:
deerayfan072 wrote:
steagles wrote:dukes can't go back to durham, so he is pretty much forced to either play in the majors or be traded.

a dukes-crawford-young outfield would be pretty sweet, even though i'm not that high on delmon.


why do you say this? :-?
read this thread:

http://www.minorleagueball.com/story/20 ... 211933/501

i'm not so foolish as to believe all of what the original poster said, but between him, and the comments later on, a pretty bleak picture is painted as to the possibility of dukes returning to durham next season.


A lot of those guys who complained are now gone. Also, the Rays moved Dukes to 1st in the AFL, but he hurt himself and i have talked to some people inside the Rays organization who said there is a good chance he will be starting in AAA (Durham) next season. The fact is Durham will do what the Rays say ultimately. The Rays did what they could before, gave him time to cool down and non renewed a lot of the people in Durham.
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Postby Koby Schellenger » Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:24 pm

steagles wrote:
deerayfan072 wrote:
steagles wrote:dukes can't go back to durham, so he is pretty much forced to either play in the majors or be traded.

a dukes-crawford-young outfield would be pretty sweet, even though i'm not that high on delmon.


why do you say this? :-?
read this thread:

http://www.minorleagueball.com/story/20 ... 211933/501

i'm not so foolish as to believe all of what the original poster said, but between him, and the comments later on, a pretty bleak picture is painted as to the possibility of dukes returning to durham next season.


That doesn't mean he can't go back to Durham. All he's saying is that Durham doesn't want him. But it doesn't matter what they want. The decision is Tampa's.
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Postby deerayfan072 » Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:09 pm

Dukes was just arrested for possession of Marijuana here in Tampa. Another step back for Dukes
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Postby Members Only Jackets » Tue Jan 16, 2007 5:30 pm

it's still early enough so , yeah while it's a step back, it won't hamper him if he gets back on track in Spring. It was only a cple grams that was found on his console. That's a small amount and it's just grass....
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Postby Allegreenery » Sat Jan 20, 2007 3:04 pm

so should I draft him i n the 4th round of my minor league draft?
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Postby deerayfan072 » Sat Jan 20, 2007 3:57 pm

Allegreenery wrote:so should I draft him i n the 4th round of my minor league draft?


IMO, i don't know what is going to happen with him, i wouldn't draft him, but thats just me
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