I was just wondering what kind of arguments you guys could make for taking Michael Young at the end of the first/begining of the 2nd round in a redraft and/or keeper league. I am in a position to pick him and I really don't know why I should. What do you guys think?
He is one of the best pure hitters in the Majors.Think Ichiro without speed .He is a tough out, covers 4 of the 5 batting cats, the 2nd best SS(very close 2nd), and he has a guy like Texeria to drive him in. Here are some 3 years stats for ya: 334 Runs, 641 hits, 60 HR,262 RBI's,.318 average(guessing) Not bad for a guy thats bats 2nd.
not only has he been mr consistent over the last 3 years, he is also the best player at the weakest position. i would take him over tejada at this point. and his home/road lefty/righty splits are nearly identical, so you can basically plug him in and never worry about the matchup. in a daily lineup change league that is huge.
I would probably look elsewhere. 330/25HR/90 RBI and a handfull of SB's even at SS doesn't make him a top 15 pick for me. If there's guys lie Abreau, Crawford, Cabrera, Santana are around I look elsewhere.
Can't say when I'd pick him unless I had an idea of who else was available, but for a 1st rounder I'd be very hesitant. His avg is nice, but the rest of the numbers aren't exactly difference makers.
* Steroid induced record