Dodger Prospect #11 Delwyn Young

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Name- DELWYN RUDY YOUNG
Position- Outfield
Residence- Los Angeles, Cal.
DOB- June 30, 1982
Ht-5-8
Wt- 209
B/T- S/R
How Obtained- Drafted in fourth round 2002
06 Clubs- Las Vegas (Pacific Coast), Los Angeles (National)

    There were two significant moves for Young in 2006. The first was a switch from second base where he never evoked comparisons to Bill Mazeroski to the outfield and the second was his major league debut. The latter wasn't spectacular involving eight September games with five at-bats. He's still waiting for his first big league hit.

   In the outfield he showed that he had the arm for right and could play fly balls in the corners in acceptable style. But his glove won't earn him a major league job; the bat will have to do it.

  Although you don't hear his name mentioned in the reverent tones reserved for James Loney, Andy LaRoche or Matt Kemp, D. Y. can present some impressive offensive credentials nonetheless. In 2006 he led the organization in doubles (42), RBI (98), total bases (243) and extra-base hits (61). This while hitting .273 with 18 home runs.

   He packs a lot of muscle in his stocky frame and can drive a ball out anywhere. He tends to get impatient at the plate and will suffer slumps as a result but when he's hot he can light up the field. He swings just about the quickest bat around from either side. He's not much as a base runner, though.

  He isn't expected to crowd into the Los Angeles outfield out of spring training but one of his hot streaks at Las Vegas could bring him up for a more extended period in 2007.

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