By Joe McDonald at 20 June, 2013, 9:47 am
Eric Young Jr . is only 28 years old, but he's been on the fantasy radar so long that it feels like maybe we should be hyping EY3. Odds are good that you've added (and dropped) Young a few times in your fantasy career. We've all done it.
Young first came to our attention in 2006 when he swiped 87 bags at Single-A Asheville. The next season, he stole 73 bases for Modesto in just 91 attempts. In 2008, he delivered 46 steals at Double-A Tulsa, then in 2009 it was 58 for Triple-A Colorado Springs. So he's a fast dude.
Over the past four-plus seasons, Young has served as a respectable part-timer for Colorado. He's been a perfectly ordinary hitter (career .261/.329/.342), but he's filled multiple spots defensively and he's been effective on the basepaths (70 steals in 90 attempts). He was off to an unimpressive start for the Rockies this year, batting just .242/.290/.352, which led to EYJ being DFA'd last week.
Young was acquired by the New York Mets via trade on Tuesday night, and the landing spot seems appealing for fantasy purposes. He hit leadoff and played center field in his Mets' debut on Wednesday, going 1-for-4 in a road loss to Atlanta. New York manager Terry Collins sounds like he intends to give EY Jr. a long look in the months ahead: