Michael Young Brings Texas-Sized Bat To Philadelphia Phillies

By David A. Cattai
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A right-handed bat with some pop is just what the Philadelphia Phillies were looking to add to their offensive attack this off-season.

Michael Young was acquired by the Phillies in a trade about two months ago. The news of his acquisition sent fans all over the Philadelphia area into a frenzy. It is not every day that the hometown team acquires a seven-time MLB All-Star, former-batting champion, and multidimensional player in one trade; but the Phillies did just that.

Young will likely be the Phillies starting third basemen come Opening Day in Atlanta barring any injury.

Though having a .966 fielding percentage during 25 games at the hot corner as a member of the Texas Rangers last season, Young is finally going to be able to focus on playing one position, something he has not done since 2010.

But the fielding percentage is not why the Phillies went out and acquired the thirty-six-year old veteran. Young was coming off of the worst offensive season of his brilliant thirteen year career.

Last season, Young hit .277 with eight home runs and 67 runs-batted-in in 651 plate appearances. Despite a down year, by his standards, the 2005 American League Batting Champion still produced better than all of the players who played third base for the Phillies in 2012, combined.

Young will likely bat in the second or fifth spot in the batting order. If so, then Young will have a big role in whether or not Ryan Howard and Chase Utley produce runs.

If the Phillies can get a little more offensive production from their newly-acquired, Texas-sized bat, then they will be able to compete in the tough NL East this season.

David A. Cattai is a featured journalist with Rant Sports. Follow me on Twitter (@DCattaiSports), Facebook, and Google+ for sports updates.

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