Young Dodgers Player of the Year

The Bill Schweppe Award goes to the outstanding player in the system for 2007. Ever since he first joined the organization as a fourth-round draft selection in 2002 out of Santa Barbara Community College, Delwyn Young has had the reputation as a pure hitter. All he's ever done since is enhance that.

Young Dodgers Player of the Year He's got the quickest stroke in the system and he used it in rare style in 2007. Every batting statistic he compiled for Las Vegas is noteworthy but perhaps the one that stands out the most is the number of doubles he ripped-54 - for that set a modern Pacific Coast League record.

Not that his other figures weren't eye-popping: a .337 average, 17 home runs, 97 runs batted on. He's only 5-10 but he weights 210 and generates a lot of pop from that squat frame. He kept right on hitting when called up to the Dodgers -.362 with two homers. For that matter, he did the same when named to Team USA for in pre-World Cup competition, he was the team's leading hitter with a .512 mark.

Along the way, he's made a successful conversion from second base to the outfield. No, he's not Dusty Baker or Reggie Smith but he plays a very competent corner field post- left or right.

Of course with the addition of Andruw Jones, there doesn't seem to be any room in the Dodger outfield for 2008. But the way Young hits, he'll have to get a lot of consideration to stick around. He certainly did more than enough in 2007 to become the Player of the Year.

Young's complete record:
Delwyn "DY" Young   bb  tr  5-10  209
 b-June 30, 1982
Obtained-Selected in fourth round of 202 draft

year	team    ave   obp    ops	ab   r    h  2b 3b  hr  bi 
2002	GFalls	.300  .380  .888   59  240  42   72  18  1  10  41
2003	SGeorg	.323  .381  .923  119  443  67  143  38  7  15  73
2004	VBeach	.281  .364  .875  129  470  76  132  36  3  22  85
2005	Jack	.296  .346  .845   95  371  52  110  25  1  16  62
	LVegas	.325  .361  .836   36  160  23   52  12  0   4  14
2006	LVegas	.273  .326  .783  140  532  76  145  42  1  18  98
	L.A.	.000  .000  .000    8    5   0    0   0   0  0   0
2007	LVegas	.337  .384  .955  121  490  107 165  54  5  17  67
	L.A.	.382  .417  1.064  19   34   4   13   1  1   2   3

 Dodger Players of the Year
2007—OF Delwyn Young, Las Vegas
2006—1b James Loney, Las Vegas
2005—3B Andy LaRoche, VB-Jx 
2004—SS Joel Guzman, VB-Jx
2003—2B Joe Thurston, Las Vegas
2001—OF Phil Hiatt, Las Vegas
2000—Inf Hiram Bocachica, Albuquerque
1999—OF Chin-Feng Chen, San Antonio
1998—C Angel Peña, San Antonio
1997—3B Paul Konerko, Albuquerque
1996—1b Paul Konerko, San Antonio
1995—2B Adam Riggs, San Bernardino
1994—OF Bill Ashley, Albuquerque
1993—OF Bill Ashley, Albuquerque
1992—C Mike Piazza, Albuquerque
1991—1B Eric Karros, Albuquerque
1990—SS José Offerman, Albuquerque
1989—1b Eric Karros, Bakersfield
1988—Of Mike Devereaux, San Antonio
1987—1b Larry See, Albuquerque

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