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Eric Young Jr. | Outfielder

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Chandler-Gilbert CC
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 7 - 9:12 AM

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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.
Sep 1 - 10:59 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.
Aug 22 - 4:22 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.
Jun 11 - 7:23 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.
Jun 5 - 3:18 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.
Apr 30 - 9:58 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.
Apr 24 - 9:47 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.
Apr 6 - 12:16 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.
Apr 5 - 11:42 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.
Mar 27 - 9:05 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.
Mar 23 - 5:41 PM

Eric Young Jr. hit a two-run homer in the third inning to lead the Braves to a 2-1 win over the Nationals on Monday.

That's as many homers as he hit in 280 at-bats for the Mets last year. Of course, power has never been Young's game. He appears to be in great position to open the season in the leadoff spot for the Braves, whether he's starting in center or left. He won't be a real asset for Atlanta, but he should have substantial fantasy value for however long he plays regularly.
Mar 9 - 5:18 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution believes that Eric Young Jr. could be the early favorite to win the Braves' Opening Day job in center field.

Young Jr. has impressed the Braves coaching staff with his ability, conditioning and work habits early in camp. The 29-year-old is fresh off a disappointing 2014 season where he slashed .229/.299/.311 with one homer, 17 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 100 games with the Mets. Should he beat out Eury Perez for the job, he immediately gains mixed league relevancy.
Mar 1 - 4:29 PM

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

It's a good landing spot for Young, as he'll have a real chance to see ample playing time in left field as a potential platoon mate with Jonny Gomes. Young can certainly provide fantasy value with his wheels if he sees enough starts, as he's stolen 76 bases over the last two seasons. The problem, of course, is that he offers essentially nothing else.
Feb 13 - 4:00 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are interested in Eric Young, Jr.

However, Young is attracting a lot of interest on the open market and Grant writes that the Rangers might have already been outbid. The 29-year-old was non-tendered by the Mets last week after batting .229/.299/.311 with 30 steals over 100 games this past season.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 02:56:00 PM

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