Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Walter Young Report

Walter Young, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
Drafted 932nd Overall (31st Rd), 1999 Draft, HS, Purvis, MS
Bats L/Throws R
25 YO, 6'5", 290 lbs

After over 2000 career minor league at bats, Young is what he is. He's a big, slow slugger who will draw some walks, strike out once every 3 or 4 at bats, and he'll hit some balls over the fence. He isn't going to turn any heads with his defense, or steal any bases, or be an all star. He might go Ryan Howard on the International League next season, but he's not going to be anything more than competant at the major league level.

2004 Bowie: .274/.343/.539, 28 2B, 33 HR, 47 BB, 145 K, 486 AB
Career: .286/.343/.501, 108 2B, 9 3B, 103 HR, 150 BB, 467 K, 2025 AB

It's hard to believe that the same organization that threw Cal Pickering to the curb went out of its way to get Young. Young is a poor man's Pickering. With a good season, he could find himself in Baltimore getting at bats at first base and DH.

ETA: Mid 2005
3 1/2 Stars

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