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Undervalued: Delmon Young

Delmon Young was one of the most highly touted prospects and the No. 1 overall pick. The Rays traded him after two years in the majors to the Twins. He had two decent seasons for the Twins, but because enormous expectations were heaped upon him, it wasn’t enough.

Young, just 26, finally broke out with the Twins in 2010 when he hit .298 with 21 home runs, 112 RBIs, and an .826 OPS. He wasn’t as good last season in 473 at-bats. Young batted .268 with 12 home runs, 64 RBIs, and .695 OPS.

Young battled injuries, though. He had an oblique strain and an ankle sprain that caused him to miss time. After being traded to the Tigers, Young hit .274 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 40 games.

Young should bat fifth with Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in front of him providing him plenty of RBI opportunities. Batting order is key when assessing the evaluation of players. Young is just hitting his prime and similar numbers to 2010 are possible. Young is a career .288 hitter and batted at least .284 in every season except last year. Young has an ADP of 235 and is the 65th outfielder being selected in mock drafts. That is excellent value.

 

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