After a successful 2010 season, Delmon Young has been one of the most heavily criticized players in the major leagues. Young is a former top prospect who is considered a bust, and he has issues both on and off the field. Not only was he arrested for assault back in 2012, but he is also lambasted for a low on base percentage and terrible defense. While these facts are very concerning, he could still manage to be a productive player for the Baltimore Orioles.
Young is a strong and dangerous hitter who can provide plenty of power. He has hit 100 home runs during his career, and he owns a .430 slugging percentage over the past four seasons. This kind of production is significant because it adds even more power to an already lethal Orioles lineup.
Young is in a situation with the Orioles where his flaws can be hidden and his value can be maximized. One way to maximize his value is to start him primarily against left-handed pitchers. For his career, Young is a career .300 hitter with an .812 OPS against lefties. The Orioles can also put him at DH, which will hide his flaws defensively.
With final roster cuts looming for Baltimore, Young looks like a safe bet to make the 25-man roster. While he is far from a perfect player, he is a nice fit for the Orioles. He has also performed well enough this spring to earn a roster spot. In 45 spring at bats, Young is batting .311 with a home run, four doubles and five RBIs.