Yesterday afternoon could have seen Delmon Young’s last at-bat in a Philadelphia Phillies’s uniform.
Today he was designated for assignment, meaning that the team has 10 days to either trade or release him, assuming that he doesn’t accept the assignment to the minors. The Phillies have decided to do this to make room for new outfielder Casper Wells, who they have claimed off of waivers from the Chicago White Sox.
Young was signed this offseason by the Phillies. He started the season on the DL with an ankle injury. He then received the job as the everyday right fielder. Young had an average of .261 this season over 272 at-bats, which is near the bottom of the Phillies’ starting lineup. He had 21 extra base hits, and eight home run. Young was also seventh in RBI on the Phillies’ roster with 31.
He may have not been the offense the Phillies were looking for. However, Young had been one of the only players producing or scoring runs this season.
The problem with Young this season was his defense in right field. He committed five errors this season, which is fourth-most on the team. He has misplayed many balls that could have easily been caught. He has been an adventure to watch.
Young is only 27-years old. He could still have many years ahead of him. He just has to find more consistent offense along with getting serious work on his defensive skills. It’s more than likely that Young will be making his way to his fifth major league team in his eight-year career. It will be interesting to see where he ends up and if his numbers improve.