2014 Fantasy Baseball: Eric Young Jr. Maturing Into Decent OF3
The offense of the New York Mets has been rather productive so far this season. The team is currently 11th in runs scored and has showed up offensively night after night. Needless to say, the team’s hot start has bumped up the fantasy baseball value of the entire team in the process.
One of the main factors of the team’s success this fantasy season has been due to the dynamic play of OF Eric Young Jr. Young’s batting average (.255) may not exactly be above average, but the speedster’s true fantasy value coms from the intangibles.
EY2 is almost impossible to stop on the bases. Young led the NL with 44 stolen bases last season and he has gotten off to a very quick start in 2014. Young has already stolen seven bases and has yet to be thrown out on the base path. He has also scored nine runs and his speed will constantly move him into position to score.
The veteran has struck out a ridiculous 18 times already, including at least once in every single game this season. Despite the strikeouts, though, Young has drawn six walks this year. He continues to see the ball well and it is only a matter of time until he starts to see his average rise.
Young will be a serviceable OF3 to utilize in deeper leagues moving forward. He won’t be an elite fantasy option, but he won’t be held out of the box score too much either.