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Can Michael Young have a huge year at 3rd?
We'll get the negatives out of the way first.
Michael Young played only 25 games at third base last year. Michael Young hasn't played third base on a full-time basis since 2010. Michael Young had the lowest batting average since his rookie year last year. Michael Young is 36 years old.
All of those things may lead you to believe that having Michael Young at third may be a huge problem for the Phillies this year, but here are some positives.
Michael Young batted .277 last year, Pedro Feliz only batted .249 and .266 in the two years the Phillies went to the World Series. His 67 RBI last year would be more than any season of productivity we have gotten in the past three years out of Placido Polanco. Young has never been a great fielder, but he hasn't been terrible, either. And with all of the options out there, Michael Young may have been the best option the Phillies could have gone with.
If Michael Young can bat .280 this year and get to around 80 RBI, it will be considered a very successful move for the Phillies, two goals that Michael Young definitely can reach.