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Young making a diving stop against the Pirates in 2006.
Delmon Young is the younger brother of former Detroit Tiger Dmitri Young. After being drafted with the first overall pick in the 2003 MLB draft, Young was expected to do amazing things for the club, which was evidenced by the fact that Tampa gave him a Major League contract when they signed him.
John Sickels, in an article for ESPN, had great things to say about Young. He was projected to hit for both power and average, he had above average base-running skills and had good range in the outfield.
Rays assistant, Don Zimmer has said that Delmon Young has an arm comparable to Jesse Barfield or Raul Mondesi, two players known to have accurate cannons.
Young didn't disappoint during his time in the minors. In Young's first season of professional baseball at the A level, he batted .322 with 95 runs, 25 home runs, 115 RBI and 21 stolen bases at just 18 years old.
In 2005, Young picked right up where he left off. While splitting time between both AA and AAA, Young was named the Minor League Player of the Year after batting .315, with 92 runs, 26 home runs, 99 RBI and 32 stolen bases, while also adding 10 outfield assists.
Young was the second person in three seasons to win the MiLB POY award, with Rocco Baldelli last winning it in 2002.
Young ran into a little trouble during the 2006 season while playing for the Durham Bulls, but it didn't have to do with his play on the field.
After striking out against the Pawtucket Red Sox, Delmon threw his bat at an umpire and was suspended for 50 games. This started to bring into question Young's character. However, Young still raked on the field to the tune of a .316 BA, 50 runs, 8 HRs, 59 RBI and 22 SBs in just 86 games.
At the start of 2007, Young was named the starting RF for the Tampa Bay [Devil] Rays. While Young had a very good rookie year, he did not show the power that he was known for in the minors and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting.
Currently, Young is playing for the Detroit Tigers and still hasn't lived up to the hype of being selected first overall..
Career Stats (minors): 362 games, .317 BA, .362 OBP, 242 runs, 61 HRs, 278 RBI, 75 SBs, 22 CS
Career Stats (MLB): 729 games, .288 BA, .321 OBP, 342 runs, 71 HRs, 408 RBI, 34 SBs, 19 CS