In what must be considered a significant move for the Mets, they have acquired Young from the Colorado Rockies for pitcher, Collin McHugh.
Young is a 2nd baseman/outfielder with speed. Wait a minute? Don’t we already have one of those on our major league roster; someone by the name of Jordany Valdespin? What’s the point of doing this twice?
Is Young a significant upgrade over Valdespin? So far this year, we see the following offensive statistics:
Young is 26. At the time of the trade he had 165 ABs, scored 22 runs, had 40 hits, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 8 SBs, and a .242 Batting Average.
Valdespin is 25. At the time of the trade he had 116 ABs, scored 15 runs, had 24 hits, 3 Hrs, 13 RBIs, 4 SBs, and a .207 Batting Average.
So, Young’s got a little more speed and a better batting eye. Also, Young is a switch-hitter; Valdespin is a left-handed hitter.
Young stole 14 bases in 2012 and hit .316. In 2011, Young stole 27 bases and hit .247. Both Young and Valdespin have played most of their games this year in the outfield.
How is Young’s defense? He’s not a gold-glover. His (FanGraph) UZR rating in left-field was -.05 at the time of the deal. But that is a +10.5 point improvement over Duda’s UZR rating of -11.1. You got to love that!
Young has not established himself as a full-time player in Colorado but could benefit from a chance to play every day in New York. He is neither facing strong opposition on the major league roster nor minor league talent knocking at the outfield door. He can definitely improve the offensive performance of the lead-off spot.
The Mets might have obtained a very useful player (one with almost 700 major league At Bats). He can improve their overall performances in Runs Scored, Stolen Bases, and Team Fielding. Perhaps they just made Valdespin a trading chip as well.