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Full Name: Michael Brian Young Primary Position: SS,2B
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/175 First Game: September 29, 2000
Birthdate: October 19, 1976 MLB Experience: 7 years
Birthplace: Covina, California
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Michael Young (Michael Brian Young) was born on October 19, 1976 in Covina, California. He made his Major League debut on September 29, 2000 for the Texas Rangers. In 2001, his rookie year, he hit .249 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI. Young played for the Texas Rangers for his entire 7 year career.

Most people believe that Michael Young's best season was 2004, when he slugged 22 home runs, hit for a .313 average and knocked in 99 runs.

Scouting Report

Hitting

Young is one of the better pure hitters in the game. He's aggressive and sprays line drives all over the field, and is capable of hitting the ball out of any part of any park. He has a great eye at the plate, rarely chasing pitches out of the strike zone and attacking pitches that cross the plate. He's an ideal three-hole hitter due to his approach and aggressiveness.

Baserunning and Defense

Young has the speed to be a stolen base threat but the philosophy of Rangers manager Buck Showalter keeps him from running much. He's a heady player on the basepaths and will rarely get caught making a mistake. He's capable of and willing to take the extra base when he can and perennially sits toward the top of the American League runs-scored leaderboard.

Defensively, Young was brought up as a second baseman but volunteered to move to shortstop when the Rangers made the deal for Alfonso Soriano, despite the fact that Young had solidified himself as one of the best players in baseball at second. He has good range going both ways and is capable of making all the throws despite his arm strength being merely average for the position.

Overall

Young has shown himself to be one of the premier middle infielders in all of baseball. He's a great hitter and a borderline Gold Glove-caliber defender and, at 29 years old, is just entering his prime. He is consistently among the hits leaders in the American League and is a constant 20-home run threat. Young is deservedly one of the more feared hitters in the league.


Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2000 TEX A 2 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2001 TEX A 106 386 57 96 11 49 .249 .298 .402 18 4 26 91 3 9 3 0 9
2002 TEX A 156 573 77 150 9 62 .262 .308 .382 26 8 41 112 0 13 6 1 14
2003 TEX A 160 666 106 204 14 72 .306 .339 .446 33 9 36 103 1 3 13 1 14
2004 TEX A 160 690 114 216 22 99 .313 .353 .483 33 9 44 89 1 0 12 1 11
2005 TEX A 159 668 114 221 24 91 .331 .385 .513 40 5 58 91 3 0 5 0 20
2006 TEX A 162 691 93 217 14 103 .314 .356 .459 52 3 48 96 1 0 7 0 27
Total 905 3676 561 1104 94 476 .300 .344 .453 202 38 253 583 9 25 46 3 95

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2000 TEX A 2B 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 TEX A 2B 104 102 915.1 212 285 8 80 0 0 0 0 0 .984
2002 TEX A SS 11 1 25 2 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 TEX A 3B 4 0 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 TEX A 2B 152 144 1258.2 298 419 9 97 1 0 0 0 0 .988
2002 TEX A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 TEX A 2B 159 158 1389.1 305 472 10 117 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2003 TEX A SS 7 1 17 4 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 TEX A DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 TEX A SS 158 158 1386.2 225 423 19 98 0 0 0 0 0 .972
2005 TEX A SS 155 155 1356 238 427 18 95 0 0 0 0 0 .974
2005 TEX A DH 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 TEX A SS 155 155 1356.1 241 492 14 113 0 0 0 0 0 .981
2006 TEX A DH 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 2B 416 404 3566.1 815 1176 27 294 1 0 0 0 0 .987
Total SS 486 470 4141 710 1357 51 309 0 0 0 0 0 .976
Total 3B 4 0 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total DH 14 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Transactions

  • Selected by Baltimore Orioles in the 25th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 2, 1994).
  • Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1997 - signed June 13, 1997).
  • Traded by Toronto Blue Jays with Darwin Cubillan to Texas Rangers in exchange for Esteban Loaiza (July 19, 2000).

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