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4 Eric Young LF
Height/Weight: 5-9/190 | Birthdate: 5/25/1985 | Birthplace: New Brunswick, NJ | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Atlanta | College: Chandler-Gilbert CC AZ | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $492,000 | Owned/Started%: 18/7 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Report: Eric Young has the edge over Melvin Upton for CF spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Braves outfielder Eric Young Jr., a non-roster invitee, appears to have the advantage for the center field gig, after Melvin Upton Jr. went down with a foot injury, reports Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Young is hitting .321/.397/.464 with one home run, eight RBI and five stole bases in 56 at-bats this spring. Upton had the hard cast removed from his injured left foot last week, and is expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.


Braves' Eric Young emerges as favorite for center field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Braves outfielder Eric Young Jr. has emerged as the favorite to serve as the team's primary center fielder while Melvin Upton Jr. remains sidelined, MLB.com reports.

"If we had to break camp tomorrow, I'd be comfortable running him out there in center field," manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday. "We've still got a lot more games to be played and a lot more work to be done."

Young has made multiple diving catches this spring while going 3 for 15 with four walks, one home run and three stolen bases.


Braves' Eric Young homers, steals base Monday vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Braves center fielder Eric Young Jr. went 1 for 4 with a home run and his third stolen base of the spring in his team's 2-1 win over the Nationals Monday.

Batting leadoff, Young made his case to win the center-field competition Monday, driving in two runs and hitting his first homer after starting spring training 1 for 7 in three games. He's also drawn three walks and been hit by a pitch once, giving him a .400 OBP in his first 15 plate appearances.


Braves' Gonzalez on Eric Young: 'Character is off the charts'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez praised outfielder Eric Young Jr. Sunday, saying the potential starter in center field is a "grinder," MLB.com reports.

"He's a grinder," Gonzalez said. "He's the son of a major-league baseball player. He's been around every locker room since he could walk. So he carries himself with the utmost professionalism. His character is off the charts."

Young, who signed a minor-league deal in February, is competing for the starting role in center field with Melvin Upton Jr. sidelined.


Braves outfielder Eric Young steals two bases in spring debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Braves outfielder Eric Young is making his case to be a starter for the team this spring. Youn went 0-for-1 Wednesday with two walks and two stolen bases. 

"I'm pleased with the first day," Young said. "I'll just continue to get the work out there."

President of baseball operations John Hart thinks he has the speed to take the job.

"He's got the one ingredient that you want in center field in that he can fly," Hart said. "He's a [plus] runner. We've got time to get ready for him. He's eager to play center field. Somebody will be playing center field. EY got off to a good start. He has the make, and what he brings is a little different dynamic."


Braves CF Eric Young batting leadoff in spring opener


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Braves outfielder Eric Young Jr. will play in center field and bat leadoff in the team's spring-training opener against the Mets Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Young is competing with three other outfielders to serve as the team's center fielder while Melvin Upton Jr. is on the mend. He hit .229/.299/.311 with one home run, 17 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 280 at-bats with the Mets last season. Young has delivered a career .254/.321/.333 line in 1,204 at-bats while batting atop the lineup.


Eury Perez, Eric Young Jr. headline Braves' CF options


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) The Braves have four candidates to replace the injured Melvin Upton Jr. in center field, the Atlanta Journal-Constition reports.

Eury Perez, Eric Young Jr., Todd Cunningham and Zoilo Almonte all have a chance to win the team's center field job this spring while Upton, who is expected to be sidelined until at least early May, recovers from a left foot injury.

"You’re kidding anybody if you don’t see it as an opportunity," Young said Saturday. "It’s an unfortunate situation. Melvin hopefully gets healthy soon and gets back to playing the game that he loves the way I know he can. But in the meantime, I came into camp with a bunch of gloves, ready for whatever situation or scenario they threw at me. And right now with my speed, we’ve got a void in center and I’ve got this opportunity and just got to go out there and make the most of it."

Perez may be the early favorite as the only natural center fielder of the bunch, but Young is the only player of the quartet with significant major-league experience. Cunningham is a career minor-leaguer and Almonte has limited experience in center field.

"I think the other three guys have played (center) more than Almonte, but we’ll see," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We’ll run them out there and watch. Even E.Y. Jr. has got, I think, 30-some games in center field in the big leagues. Perez is a natural center fielder. (Braves third-base coach) Bo (Porter) had him with the Nationals and he really likes him as a defender."


Braves sign Eric Young Jr. to minor-league deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) The Braves have signed outfielder Eric Young to a minor-league contract, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. The team later confirmed the signing.

Young Jr. is expected to compete with Zoilo Almonte and Johnny Gomes for the left field position. In 2014, Young hit .229 in 280 at-bats with the Mets. He drove in 17 RBI and stoles 30 bases in New York.


Mets allow OF Eric Young Jr. to become free agent


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Mets have non-tendered outfielder Eric Young Jr. on Tuesday, and will go to arbitration with their six other arbitration-eligible players, ESPN New York reports. Young, who will now become a free agent, slashed .229/.299/.311 with 17 RBI and 30 stolen bases over 316 plate appearances in 2014 for New York.

Report: Mets expected to release one player at non-tender deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Mets are expected to release one player at Tuesday's non-tender deadline, according to ESPN. Team insiders said it appears Eric Young is an option to be released, while beleaguered shortstop Ruben Tejada is safe.

Young is projected to earn roughly $2.25 million in arbitration. The Mets feel they can get comparable production from a fifth-outfielder type for a lower salary, according to sources.


Report: Mets in market to acquire shortstop, left fielder


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) While the Mets might be shopping veteran starting pitcher Bartolo Colon by the July 31 trade deadline, they also appear buyers.

The Mets would like to acquire an upgrade at shortstop over Ruben Tejada and a power-hitting left fielder to join Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson as regulars in the outfield, industry sources told ESPN.

It is also believed Mets general manager Sandy Alderson could be looking to deal outfielders Chris Young and Eric Young.


Eric Young a no-go Monday against Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Mets left fielder Eric Young, who has struggled against left-handers this season, is out Monday night against Atlanta southpaw Mike Minor.

Young is 11 for 52 against lefties and has struggled most of the year. He owns a stat line of .236/.319/.314 with 46 strikeouts in just 191 at-bats.


Eric Young plays hero in win over Cardinals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Leadoff hitter Eric Young slammed two doubles in successive innings Wednesday in St. Louis - and the Mets needed both of them to secure a one-run victory.

Young slammed his first two-bagger in the sixth inning to drive in Bartolo Colon and added another in the seventh to plate Wilmer Flores. He also scored a run, giving him 29 in just 45 games.


Eric Young returns from 15-day DL Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Mets outfielder Eric Young (hamstring) was activated off the 15-day disabled list Monday. Young went 0 for 9 with two runs, two walks, three strikeouts and one stolen base during a three-game rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton.

Young returned to the starting lineup Monday against the Cardinals and started in left field.


Eric Young remains on track to return Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins reiterated after Sunday's game against the Padres he expects to have outfielder Eric Young (hamstring) come off the 15-day disabled list Monday against the Cardinals, per ESPN.

Eric Young expected to return from DL Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Mets outfielder Eric Young is expected to return from the disabled list prior to Monday's series opener against the Cardinals, manager Terry Collins told ESPN New York Friday. Young has been sidelined since May 25 because of a hamstring strain. He batted .220 with one home run and seven RBI in 141 at-bats before the injury.

Eric Young suffers setback with hamstring


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Mets outfielder Eric Young will not come off the disabled list when he is first eligible, as he has suffered a setback in his recovery from a right hamstring strain.

ESPN.com reports Young suffered a setback while running at the team's spring training complex in Florida, and has been shut down from his rehabilitation program. 


Eric Young begins working outdoors


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Mets outfielder Eric Young began running outdoors for the first time Tuesday, as part of his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Young ran outside at the team's spring training complex in Florida, and manager Terry Collins told MLB.com he made it through the workout without a setback. 


Eric Young to test hamstring running outdoors Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Mets outfielder Eric Young will test his hamstring Tuesday by running outdoors for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Poor conditions Monday limited Young to staying indoors and running on a submerged treadmill. He is first eligible to return from the disabled list next Tuesday.


Eric Young likely headed for MRI


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Mets outfielder Eric Young, who on Monday went on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury, likely will get an MRI on Tuesday, reports MLB.com. "I felt it enough to where I couldn't run or explode like I need to," Young said. "The legs are a big part of my game so I'd rather take the two weeks instead of risking it and being out longer than that."

Eric Young placed on DL Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) The Mets announced Monday they placed outfielder Eric Young on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury. Young heads to the disabled list mired in a 3-for-29 slump in his previous nine games.

Eric Young expected to land on DL with hamstring injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Mets outfielder Eric Young is expected to land on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury prior to Monday's series opener against the Pirates, according to ESPN New York.

Young has not been in the starting lineup since Tuesday because of the injury and is not recovering quickly enough to avoid a stint on the DL. He is hitting .220 with one home run and seven RBI in 141 at-bats.


Eric Young earning way back in lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/13/2014) Mets outfielder Eric Young was in the starting lineup for a third staright game Tuesday, which isn't surprising considering he collected three hits in each of the previous two. What is surprising is that the Mets benched him in the first place.

Even after sitting out eight of the previous nine games, he still ranks second in all of baseball with 15 stolen bases and 14th with 25 runs scored. He added three of the former and four of the latter in those two starts alone.

His batting average has been up and down in the early going, but it's clear he's an impact player at the top of the Mets lineup, wreaking the kind of havoc on the base paths that changes the complexion of the game, benefiting anyone who steps into the batter's box.

As long as he keeps producing, Young is a good bet to stay in the lineup, and given how completely he's bounced back, manager Terry Collins might think twice about removing him again.

Particularly if you play in a Rotisserie format, you need to make sure Young is owned in your league.


Eric Young knocks first home run Monday vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Mets outfielder Eric Young went 3 for 5 with his first home run of the season in his team's 9-7 win over the Yankees Monday.

Young smacked a two-run home run to right in the seventh inning to bring his team within one. He scored two runs in the game as well as stole his 15th base of the season. Young has hit .250/.336/.339 in 112 at-bats.


Eric Young makes impact off bench in win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Mets outfielder Eric Young started for just the second time in 10 games Sunday against the Phillies, but showed during a 5-4 win the kind of impact he can have when in the lineup.

Young tied a season-high with three hits, including one double, two runs and two stolen bases in six at-bats. Young put an end to a prolonged slump, as he came into Sunday having hit just .180 in his previous 18 games (12 starts).