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In reality, Delmon Young's statistics weren't that different last season as they were in '07, when he finished 2nd in NL ROY voting.
The only noticeable disparities were his OBP, which increased twenty points, and his RBI total, which dropped twenty-four runs, a product of batting behind the RBI vacuum, Justin Morneau.
Regardless, his fielding was beyond poor, and his stubbornness rubbed many the wrong way.
Because he is content with his inside-out swing, he racks up singles instead of attempting to pull the ball (and apparently, he goes on a HR derby in batting practice)
That stopped him from becoming more of an impact bat in the Twins lineup.
Assuming he becomes more of a power hitter this year, his spot in the lineup is still unresolved.
If Cuddyer makes a full-fledged comeback (which I expect he will), then a spot in the outfield won't likely be available.
DH may be a spot where he could platoon, unless Kubel proves he can consistently hit left-handed pitching. Either way, I think he'll find his niche somewhere, wherever that may be.
Prediction: .298/.352/.468/18 HR