Hey, Everybody, It's Me, D.Y.

It is hard not to notice the rising of the young in the Dodger organization these days. Attention is being paid more and more to their push toward eminence- at least, it is in the case of a few like Joel Guzman, Chad Billingsley, Andy LaRoche or Russell Martin. Which such a group up in front, its easy for others to get showed to the back of the crowd. Like Amos Hart in "Chicago", they have to leap up to be noticed at all- especially when you're only 5-9 like Delwyn Young.

Most discussions of the future of the Dodgers is not likely to include his name. That is, unless you're around Jerry Royster, the manager of Las Vegas, the team where Delwyn- or, "D.Y." as most all know him- is currently employed. He's been a Young booster for some time now, as in "I don't worry about him With that stroke and the bat speed he has, he'll do just fine."

Royster knows his subject thoroughly, having worked with him when he was organizational batting instructor and having the benefit of his services last year when D.Y. came up to the 51's from Jacksonville to hit .325 over the last month or so of the season.

That earned Young a spot on the 40-man roster but he spent most of the spring being shoved into that background. Moved from second to left field because of a suspect glove, he soon found company when Guzman was switched to the same spot. And it's Guzman that management is viewing for the future, not D.Y.

He's been playing acceptably in the field. "It's just shagging flies and I've been doing that all my life, " he maintains. But it's that bat that will carry him up to the top just as is the case with Guzman.

Right now, it seems to be reviving nicely. He won one game with a dramatic home run but that's been it in the power department and his average is poking up to around .250 0r so. He tends to shrug that big hit off though "I've been known to run into a ball now and then but I'm not looking to hit home runs," he asserts.

Don't let a slow start disturb you. He's always been a streak hitter, looking outclassed for a time, only to nail every pitch in sight for a period after that. He's averaged over .300 for his four-year minor league career to demonstrate that he usually gets with it. He's twice won Dodger minor league Player of the Month awards during that time with both of those coming in July when he seems to start scorching along with the weather.

With James Loney's promotion to L.A. , Royster was able to place Guzman at first and keep Young in left so he can benefit from having both in the lineup. With all the thunder the Vegas order possesses this season, he can be patient and wait for D.Y. to get going.

His record indicates he'll do just that. When that happens they might finally start talking about him with the same deference in which they discuss the others. In the meantime, maybe, he'll have to borrow Amos Hart's lament, "Mr. Cellophane."