Well, he lost 30 pounds this offseason and talked about a renewed passion for the game also. I feel like I may have overdrafted on Choo in a couple leagues and if he doesn't do anything soon I might drop him in favor of Young, who looks like the definition of a post-hype sleeper.
I'm a fan, I have him on some of my teams. He has always had the talent, and I think he finally can live up to some of his potential. I'm not saying he will jump to 30/30, but I think he has a shot at 20/20 this year. His Isolated power last year was up a lot to .142 (which is not great, but is a step in the right direction), and if he can take another step forward to around .155, 20 HRs will be well within reach. His K/BB is worrisome, but his O-Swing % (Percentage of balls outside the strike zone that he swings at) has come down in each of his four years in the league The potential is there and he can be had for very cheap.
Meh, his single was an infield dribbler. I think his only value will be in AL-only leagues. He'll give you a nice average, but the guy never walks. As for power I'm in the "I'll believe it when I see it" camp.
I own him in a 12 team league that starts LF, CF, RF and one OF plus two utility. Seems like a reasonable flyer type. The reason I'm buying in his ISO jump which has been pointed out, but also his FB rates to end 2009. Delmon's biggest problem hasn't been that he doesn't have raw power, it's that he's not taken advantage of it because he's busy burning worms. Delmon's August-October last year saw him hitting roughly 40% FB with a HR/FB in the 10-12% range. If he's able to keep that up (or even build on it a smidge) he would be a good candidate for 20+ HR's. Last night was an encouraging start with his HR and another FB in 4 AB's.
My biggest turn off with Young is his low walk rate. He did walk more than usual in the Spring (though it's the Spring so take that with a large grain of salt). He didn't do much to inspire confidence in working counts when in his final AB, facing Fernando Rodney (who opened the inning with 5 or 6 consecutive balls and was really struggling to find the plate) and going after the first pitch as opposed to making him work. Small sample, and it's the first game, but it would have been nice to see Delmon understanding the situation and realizing Rodney was struggling with his command. Oh well, I'm stashing, the raw talent is intriguing if nothing else.
AquaMan2342 wrote:Well, he lost 30 pounds this offseason and talked about a renewed passion for the game also. I feel like I may have overdrafted on Choo in a couple leagues and if he doesn't do anything soon I might drop him in favor of Young, who looks like the definition of a post-hype sleeper.
Not sure if you're being sarcastic, but you can't drop Choo for him.
That being said, I've had him on my team the last 4 years waiting for the breakout that never came. Didn't get him this year, mostly because I think Thome will steal some Abs. So with my luck he probally goes 30-30 this year.