Ben Revere is going to have surgery on his right foot on Tuesday. He is going to miss at least six-to-eight weeks. The Philadelphia Phillies are going to need a center fielder, but most importantly, a leadoff hitter.
Delmon Young is trying to show the Phillies he could be that guy. Although Young will probably never get the opportunity to leadoff, he has still shown that his hitting has improved from the beginning of the season.
Young had signed a one-year deal with the Phillies this past January. He was supposed to be the everyday right fielder from the beginning, but he had started the season on the disabled list. He was finally able to start the season on April 30.
In May, Young was hitting a pathetic .198 with having 86 at bats. He only had 17 hits and nine of them were RBIs. However, he struck out 22 times. May was not Young’s month. He wasn’t showing manager Charlie Manuel that he deserved to play right field every day.
Then June came and Young did a complete 180. With 75 at-bats his average jumped to .305. He had 23 hits with 15 RBIs. He also managed to hit three home runs. He was starting to show the Phillies that it was a good choice in signing him.
His success has been continuing this month. As July is about half over, Young is hitting .286. He has had 14 hits in 49 at-bats giving the Phillies an opportunity to score as he has crossed the plate five times so far. Young has also had three RBIs.
With Revere out after the All-Star break, Young is going to have to continue his impressive offense. It seems like he wants to fill in and have numbers close to Revere and continue to show he deserves his spot in right field. It will be fun to watch if he can do it.