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Eric Young Jr. | Outfielder

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 194
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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

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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

Mets non-tendered OF Eric Young Jr.

It comes as no surprise, as MLBTradeRumors.com projected Young to make $2.3 million via arbitration. The outfielder has one tool working for him (his speed) but is quite limited otherwise.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 07:07:00 PM

Eric Young, Jr. went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Friday's win over the Nationals.

The win snapped a 12-game home losing streak against the Nationals. Young has taken advantage of Matt den Dekker's absence by collecting seven hits in 11 at-bats over the past three games. He has batted leadoff each of the past two nights. His speed can be useful in deeper leagues if the playing time continues to be there.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 11:30:00 PM

Eric Young, Jr. finished 3-for-3 with an RBI triple on Wednesday as the Mets downed the Rockies.

Young's second-inning triple brought in the Mets' first run, which proved to be all Rafael Montero and the bullpen would need. It was Young's first start since August 26. The speedy outfielder is having another forgettable year at the plate, hitting .235/.309/.321 though he has swiped 29 bases.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 10:07:00 PM

The Mets will hit Jacob deGrom eighth and Eric Young, Jr. ninth Monday against the Cardinals.

Meanwhile, Curtis Granderson will get his second straight start out of the leadoff spot. The Mets are desperate for offense right now, so they are willing to experiment. This is the first time in team history that they have batted the pitcher eighth.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 04:49:00 PM

Mets activated OF/INF Eric Young, Jr. from the 15-day disabled list.

Andrew Brown was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding roster move. Young, out since May 25 with a right hamstring strain, was hitting .220/.315/.305 with a home run, seven RBI and 17 stolen bases before hitting the DL. He should play quite a bit with Chris Young struggling, so he's worth a pickup for fantasy owners who need speed.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Sunday that Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Young has been on the shelf since straining his right hamstring on May 25. Before hitting the disabled list, Young was hitting .220/.315/.305 with a homer, seven RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 04:49:00 PM

Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Young has been out with a right hamstring strain since May 25. With Juan Lagares out, he should see ample playing time in the outfield.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 05:44:00 PM

Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A St. Lucie.

He is already eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list and should be activated by early next week. Young has been out since May 26 with a right hamstring strain. He had 17 steals in 18 attempts before the injury.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 01:28:00 PM

Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) has been forced to back off his rehab program after feeling renewed tightness in his strained right hamstring on Friday.

Young, who has been running at the team's spring training complex, won't be ready to come off the disabled list when first eligible on Tuesday. Matt den Dekker will continue to handle the bulk of the work in center field while Young and Juan Lagares are sidelined.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 08:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Jesus Flores
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
2Alberto Callaspo
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Zoilo Almonte
2Jonny Gomes
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Melvin Upton
2Eric Young Jr.
3Joe Benson
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Wandy Rodriguez
6Eric Stults
7Michael Foltynewicz
8Chien-Ming Wang
9Cody Martin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Jason Grilli
3James Russell
4Luis Avilan
5Jim Johnson
6Juan Jaime
7Arodys Vizcaino
8Michael Kohn
9Josh Outman
10Todd Coffey
11Brandon Cunniff
12Leyson Septimo
13Shae Simmons