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Rockies designate Eric Young Jr. for assignment

Jun 13, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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After four years of using Eric Young Jr. as a key role player the Rockies designated the 28-year-old for assignment.

Young is extremely fast, switch-hits, and has lots of defensive versatility, but he’s hit just .261 with a .671 OPS in 313 career games and is a .211 career hitter away from Coors Field.

There’s seemingly a decent chance the Rockies can find a taker for Young via trade and if not he’s probably a pretty good bet to get claimed off waivers, if only because the ability to play second base and all three outfield spots while running really fast makes for a solid enough bench option.

Young’s dad, longtime big leaguer Eric Young Sr., works for the Astros as a television analyst and Houston would have one of the first cracks at him on the waiver wire …

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    A speedy switch-hitter who can play 4 positions definitely has value in this game. We’ll hear from him again soon enough.

    • hermitfool - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Although when you’re a speedy switch hitter who doesn’t walk, is a dreadful second baseman, who often, when you’re playing in the outfield, watch balls fly over your head before you decide to retreat, who’s throwing arm is so weak it makes Juan Pierre’s look like a cannon in comparison, the value you might bring to another team is slight to none.

      • specialkindofstupid - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        Ah, so you’re saying Young is “versatile” defensively in the same way Bobby Bonilla was versatile: He plays multiple positions…poorly.

      • zemongoose - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        So he’s essentially Ben Revere with the ability to switch hit and play a lousy 2B. Call Ruben Amaro. He’ll give you Jesse Biddle for him.

  2. alang3131982 - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    He wont make it to the O’s right? Maybe they can trade for him? He has to be better than Alexi…or maybe not.

  3. tcostant - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Best punt returner Rutgers ever had…

  4. jadaruler - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Rangers should take a flyer on Young. They really need a utility guy and I bet they would rather an experienced player fill the role than Garcia or Profar.

    • jerze2387 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      im pretty sure theyd rather have Profar up than EY jr

  5. yahmule - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Young is a strange case. He’s athletic and he works hard, but for some reason he cannot seem to master the fundamentals.

  6. icanspeel - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    I haven’t seen him play much, but in the recent series vs the Padres last weekend his defense was very questionable as he had an error and misplayed several balls in the outfield.

  7. maximusprime107 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    This is a little disappointing. He was making good strides in the past two years

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