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Eric Young Jr. | Designated Hitter | #48

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 187
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Chandler-Gilbert CC
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 30 (0) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Eric Young Jr. has elected to become a free agent.
Young refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will look to latch on with a different organization this offseason. The 31-year-old outfielder spent the majority of the 2016 season in Triple-A, batting .263/.338/.339 in 329 plate appearances. Oct 6 - 2:18 PM

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Yankees purchased the contract of OF Eric Young Jr. from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Young was acquired from the Brewers on Thursday. He'll serve as a pinch-runner in September.
Sep 2 - 1:00 PM

Yankees acquired OF Eric Young Jr. from the Brewers for cash considerations.

Young has not played in the majors this season. In 289 at-bats with Triple-A Colorado Springs in the Brew Crew's system, the 31-year-old outfielder was hitting a paltry .263/.338/.339 with 30 RBI and 23 steals. He could serve as a pinch-running option down the stretch should the Yankees decide to give him a look-see with rosters expanding on Thursday.
Aug 31 - 5:51 PM

Brewers signed OF Eric Young Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal is worth $1 million if he makes the team and carries additional incentives. Young opened the 2015 campaign as the Braves' starting center fielder. It didn't go well. The 30-year-old managed to slash just .169/.229/.273 across 85 plate appearances. He was designated for assignment in early June, passed through waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A before finally being traded to the Mets on August 22. With the eventual NL champs, he served most as a pinch-runner, stealing three bases in 18 games. For his career, Young's notched six seasons with double-digit steals. He can play all three outfield spots and offers the Brewers some flexibility in addition to his speed.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 03:21:00 PM

Eric Young Jr. has elected free agency.

The 30-year-old speedster began the season as the starting center fielder in Atlanta, but hit a mere .169/.229/.273 in 85 plate appearances before they pulled the plug on that idea. He caught on with the Mets later in the season, serving primarily as a pinch runner in September. He'll look to latch on elsewhere on a minor league deal this winter.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 09:12:00 AM

Mets purchased the contract of OF Eric Young, Jr. from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Young, who previously played with the Mets in 2013 and 2014, was just acquired from the Braves last weekend. The 30-year-old isn't likely to play much, but his speed could come in handy in pinch-running opportunities.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 10:59:00 AM

Mets acquired OF Eric Young Jr. from the Braves for cash considerations.

It's Young's second tenure with the Mets after logging 68 steals in 191 games for them between 2013 and 2014. He'll report to Triple-A Las Vegas. In 35 games for Atlanta this year, Young has hit just .169 with five RBI.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 04:22:00 PM

Braves sent OF Eric Young Jr. outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Young had been designated for assignment last week after hitting just .169/.229/.273 and losing his center field job to Cameron Maybin. He passed through waivers unclaimed though and will continue to function as organizational outfield depth in the minor leagues.
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 07:23:00 PM

Braves designated OF Eric Young Jr. for assignment.

Young was the Braves' Opening Day center fielder, but he went on to bat just .169/.229/.273 and saw Cameron Maybin take the reins at the position. Someone will value his speed and give him a shot, but it might be on a minor league deal.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 03:18:00 PM

Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-3 on Thursday, leaving him with a .161 average in 62 at-bats.

Cameron Maybin isn't exactly excelling, but he does have 160 points of OPS on Young. Even so, he's started just one of the last six games, with Young playing center field in the other five. The Braves seemed fascinated with Young from the moment they signed him in mid-February, but he's been a disaster as a starter thus far, even more so than usual.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 09:58:00 PM

Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-4 as the Braves were shutout by the Phillies on Friday.

As a team, the Braves were able to muster just two hits against Aaron Harang and company. Young continues to play regularly and hit atop the Braves lineup despite his .174/.208/.326 slash line. It could only be a matter of time before Cameron Maybin supplants him in the leadoff spot.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 09:47:00 PM

Eric Young Jr. is hitting leadoff for the Braves on Opening Day against the Marlins.

EY Jr. has good speed and will carry considerable fantasy value when he's in the lineup, but the entire Braves' roster is in flux so it's hard to project his exact playing time. The full Opening Day lineup for Atlanta: Eric Young Jr. CF, Jace Peterson 2B, Nick Markakis RF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Christian Bethancourt C, Kelly Johnson LF, Alberto Callaspo 3B, Andrelton Simmons SS, Julio Teheran SP.
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 12:16:00 PM

Braves purchased the contract of OF Eric Young, Jr. from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Young was projected to be the Braves' starting center fielder, but he'll likely move into part-time duty in left field now that the Braves acquired Cameron Maybin in the Craig Kimbrel deal. The 27-year-old should still provide some value with his wheels in deeper fantasy formats, but he's not as appealing now as he was 24 hours ago.
Sun, Apr 5, 2015 11:42:00 PM

Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Eric Young Jr. "appears to have the edge" in center field while Melvin Upton (foot) is out.

Even though Young is a poor defensive outfielder, it's not a surprise that he's leading the competition given his level of experience. He could even hit leadoff for the Braves for a while, giving him ample fantasy value with his ability on the basepaths. Eury Perez was optioned to Triple-A Friday, giving Young and even tighter grip on the job.
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 09:05:00 AM

Eric Young Jr. went 3-for-5 with a double as the Braves topped the Astros 14-10 on Monday.

The Braves seem taken with Young, though he wasn't having a particularly strong spring going into the day, and it's practically assured that he'll be in the lineup regularly until Melvin Upton Jr. returns. It could make him an option in mixed leagues early on this year.
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 05:41:00 PM

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C1Gary Sanchez
2Austin Romine
1B1Greg Bird
2Tyler Austin
3Rob Refsnyder
4Mark Teixeira
2B1Starlin Castro
2Donovan Solano
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Chase Headley
2Ronald Torreyes
LF1Brett Gardner
2Dustin Ackley
3Mat Gamel
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Eric Young Jr.
3Mason Williams
RF1Aaron Judge
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Brian McCann
2Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Michael Pineda
3Nathan Eovaldi
4CC Sabathia
5Luis Cessa
6Chad Green
7Bryan Mitchell
Relief Pitcher
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2Tyler Clippard
3Ben Heller
4Adam Warren
5Chasen Shreve
6Tommy Layne
7Anthony Swarzak
8James Pazos
9Luis Severino
10Jonathan Holder
11Nick Goody
12Richard Bleier