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Eric Young Jr. | Outfielder

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 194
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Eric Young went 1-for-4 while stealing two more bases in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Young has been a thief on the basepaths to start the year, as he's now got nine steals without being caught. That mark is good for second in the National League. He also scored his league-leading 12th run in the game. There's no reason he shouldn't be in an everyday fantasy player right now. Apr 16 - 7:14 PM

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Eric Young Jr. finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's 9-0 blowout win over the Diamondbacks.

Young has now reached safely in 11 straight games. He provides zero power -- he's collected two doubles, one triple, and zero homers thus far -- but wreaks havoc on the basepaths when he gets on. Young is currently second in the NL with seven steals, and he's fifth in the league with 11 runs scored. Monitor his playing time closely once Chris Young returns.
Apr 16 - 12:34 AM

Eric Young Jr. scored four of the Mets' six runs Thursday after going 3-for-5 with a triple and three steals in the win over the Braves.

This is why the Mets are playing Young; they picture him wreaking havoc in the leadoff spot and having games like this on a regular basis. Of course, going into tonight, he was hitting .154 with one run scored in seven games. Last year, he had a .310 OBP in 539 at-bats for the Rockies and Mets. Young will certainly have some fantasy value for as long as he's a primary starter for the Mets. However, it'd be for the best if he sits more often than not once Chris Young returns.
Apr 10 - 11:33 PM

Eric Young Jr. went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Leading off and playing in left field, Young got on base three times, taking advantage of Braves catcher Evan Gattis for his first two thefts of the season. Young also added an RBI single in the seventh inning. Young's speed makes him a fantasy asset, and the 28-year-old needs to continue to take advantage of the everyday reps while Chris Young is on the disabled list.
Apr 8 - 10:35 PM

Eric Young Jr. is batting leadoff in the Mets' Opening Day lineup Monday against the Nationals.

EY Jr. at leadoff will probably be a frequent look all season, but the Mets carried young center fielder Juan Lagares north with them after camp and will want him to get at least semi-regular playing time. Young's fantasy value is limited right now in weekly leagues.
Mar 31 - 8:59 AM

Eric Young Jr. singled in three of his four at-bats Thursday against the Nationals.

Young hit leadoff today in what could have been the Mets' Opening Day lineup. Still, it doesn't sound like the team has any intention of demoting Juan Lagares, so Young won't be a full-time player. That will probably prevent him from being worth playing in shallow mixed leagues.
Mar 27 - 3:44 PM

Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the Mets' leadoff hitter Sunday.

It's not looking good for Young, even though he was the favorite to open the season as the Mets' left fielder and leadoff hitter. He's batting just .237, and while his .326 OBP isn't bad, he's scored a modest four runs in 13 games. Juan Lagares has outplayed him, as has leadoff alternative Chris Young, so E.Y. should be a fourth outfielder initially.
Mar 23 - 4:35 PM

Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, dropping his spring average to .241.

All indications were that Terry Collins wanted Young to beat out Juan Lagares for a starting job this spring, mostly because he'd be the better leadoff option. Unfortunately for him -- but very fortunate for the Mets -- Lagares is outhitting Young and playing his usual stellar defense. He went 2-for-4 from the ninth spot in the order today, raising his average to .306. If this keeps up, Young will probably be the Mets' fourth outfielder and Chris Young could lead off.
Mar 18 - 4:52 PM

Eric Young Jr. went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored against the Cubs on Saturday.

Young also walked and drove in a run. The speedster may split time in the Mets outfield with Juan Lagares, but when he plays he'll be at the top of a decent Mets lineup. Young is batting .304 while Lagares is hitting .321 this spring.
Mar 15 - 7:45 PM

Eric Young Jr. (side) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday.

Young had been nursing some tightness in his side, but it was never a major concern and he should have no trouble preparing himself for Opening Day. The 28-year-old outfielder finished with 46 stolen bases in 2013 and will likely bat leadoff this summer for the Mets.
Mar 3 - 8:33 AM

Eric Young Jr. (side) hit off a tee Thursday.

The workout went well, but the Mets probably won't let Young play in a Grapefruit League game until next week as a precautionary measure. The 28-year-old speedster is expected to lead off for New York this season. He stole a league-leading 46 bases in 2013.
Feb 27 - 3:24 PM

Eric Young Jr. is dealing with some tightness in his side.

The tightness is considered minor, but Young could be limited over the next couple of days. Despite the additions of Curtis Granderson and Chris Young over the winter, Young could still begin the season as the Mets' leadoff man.
Feb 26 - 1:40 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that the club will start their three best offensive options in the outfield.

Obviously Curtis Granderson and Chris Young have spots sewn up, so we're talking about an Eric Young Jr. vs. Juan Lagares battle for the final spot. Lagares will start the Grapefruit League opener in center field, but the Mets are looking for improvement from him at the plate, particularly from an on-base percentage perspective. While not nearly in the same class as Lagares defensively, Young Jr. might be a better bet offensively at this point. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com writes that Alderson wanting more offense "may be the vehicle that gets Eric Young Jr. into the lineup... and gives the Mets their leadoff hitter." Manager Terry Collins has also expressed a preference to use Young Jr. in the leadoff spot.
Feb 11 - 7:39 PM

Mets avoided arbitration with OF Eric Young Jr. by agreeing to a one-year, $1.85 million contract.

It was Young's first year of arbitration eligibility. The speedy outfielder gets a raise after leading the National League with 46 stolen bases last season. He's expected to serve in a backup role in 2014 but remains a worthy late-round fantasy option due to his speed.
Jan 16 - 9:49 PM

Eric Young, Jr. finished 1-for-4 with two stolen bases, a run scored and an RBI Sunday against the Brewers.

The 28-year-old wins the National League stolen base crown with 46 steals and will finish second in the majors behind Jacoby Ellsbury. Young ends the year with a -0.9 WAR (roughly 0.6 with the Mets, -1.4 with the Rockies), which underscores how much more valuable he is in fantasy baseball than real baseball. He slashed .249/.310/.336 with two homers and 31 RBI over 535 at-bats in 2013.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 04:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Anthony Recker
1B1Lucas Duda
2Josh Satin
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
LF1Chris Young
2Eric Young Jr.
CF1Juan Lagares
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Curtis Granderson
2Andrew Brown
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Niese
2Bartolo Colon
3Dillon Gee
4Zack Wheeler
5Jenrry Mejia
6Matt Harvey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Valverde
2Kyle Farnsworth
3Scott Rice
4Gonzalez Germen
5Jeurys Familia
6Carlos Torres
7Daisuke Matsuzaka
8Bobby Parnell