Dodger Prospect #7 - Delwyn Young

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Position- Second Base
Residence- Santa Barbara, Cal.
DOB- June 30, 1982
Height- 5-10
B/T- S-R
04 Club- Vero Beach (high A)

Delwyn Young spent the first couple of years in the Dodger system being compared to Victor Diaz whose footsteps he followed until Diaz was traded to the Mets in 2003. Certainly, their games resembled each others -- second baseman whose abilities with the bat drew raves but whose misadventures with the gloves caused groans.

Young has been an All-Star at three stops in the minors- the Pioneer League (2002), South Atlantic (2003) and the Florida State (2004). It's been his hitting which has caused those selections for he has a lusty approach that has generated lots of pop regardless of which side he's swinging from His problems in the field, caused a great deal by upper-body stiffness, played on his mind in the first half of this past season but he overcame that, came back with a vengeance to hit .313 over the second half with 12 homers to wind up .281-22-85 for the year.

He's a free-swinger who piles up the K's --134 in 2004 -- but he has such a quick bat that he is learning to stay back longer and still drive the ball to all fields. His glove work has improved although whether it will ever be acceptable at a major league level is open to debate. The Mets wound up moving Diaz to the outfield and Young could again follow a similar route down the road.

He was a fourth-round draft pick in 2002 after first turning down the Braves as a draft-and-follow. In 2005 he'll probably open the season at Jacksonville.