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Eric Young Jr. | Designated Hitter | #8

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Chandler-Gilbert CC
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 30 (0) / COL
Contract: view contract details
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Angels reassigned OF Eric Young Jr., OF Shane Robinson, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Deolis Guerra, INF Rey Navarro, and C Tony Sanchez to minor league camp.
No big shockers among this round of cuts from Angels camp. Young put up an .882 OPS in 46 at-bats this spring in Cactus League play, but he was always a longshot for a backup outfield job. The 31-year-old is a .246/.314/.327 career hitter at the major league level. Mar 27 - 2:16 PM

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Eric Young Jr. went 1-for-3 with a double in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers.

Young is unlikely to crack the Angels' Opening Day roster, as he has never proven himself a reliable hitter in the majors. For his career, the veteran owns a .246/.314/.327 triple-slash. Fantasy owners can feel free to steer clear, even in deeper AL-only formats.
Feb 25 - 6:43 PM

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

Young spent the majority of the 2016 season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and batted just .263/.338/.339 across 329 plate appearances in the hitter-friendly parks of the Pacific Coast League. The 31-year-old does still have pretty good wheels, but he doesn't belong on a major league roster.
Jan 24 - 5:30 PM

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.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 02:18:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 01:00:00 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.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 05:51:00 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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
1B1Luis Valbuena
2C.J. Cron
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Cliff Pennington
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
LF1Cameron Maybin
2Ben Revere
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2Ricky Nolasco
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Jesse Chavez
6Nick Tropeano
7Andrew Heaney
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Huston Street
3Andrew Bailey
4J.C. Ramirez
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Parker
7Bud Norris
8Yusmeiro Petit
9Deolis Guerra
10David Hernandez
11Mike Morin
12Brooks Pounders