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One year, sub-$1 million?
Amaro said those words during an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic in response to his signing of outfielder Delmon Young. To evaluate him, the Phillies relied on seven-year-old scouting reports from the outfielder's days as a Tampa Bay farmhand. Two of Amaro's assistants, Scott Proefrock and Bart Braun, were members of the Rays organization when Young was selected first overall in the 2003 draft. They vouched for Young's ability.
The risk in adding Young, who was guaranteed $775,000, was minimal. The vitriol it prompted was ferocious. At its core, the Young contract represented how the Phillies evaluate players under Amaro.
Dumping Lee after trading for Halladay because Halladay was "replacing Lee's role as Ace starter" was pretty impressive.
Michael Taylor, who was highly rated but has been a bust.
I call a guy a dope if he overrates his own intelligence.
This was true; Young had 74 RBIs, and the Phillies' leader was a tie between Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz at 68.
But that is misleading. Young batted with 415 runners on base in 2012, the 20th highest amount in all of baseball. He drove in 13.5 percent of those runners, which ranked 100th among hitters with at least 500 plate appearances. Using a formula for expected RBI totals given Young's opportunities, just a major-league average player should have amassed four more RBIs than Young did. If Ruiz batted with the same opportunities as Young, he would have had 31 more RBIs.
Obviously we want his bat
One thing I've noticed WRT guys like Delmon and Frenchy (to be fair to Frenchy he can/could play the OF competently), it seems like many of the scouts who followed such a player back in the day, are incapable of watching the player as he is NOW and seeing the player as he is NOW
Delmon Young is one of those guys I think must be a superstar because every time I see him he hits a 3-run HR into the back of the visitors' bullpen. Perhaps some scouts have the same experience. In fact, I'm amazed to learn that Young has a career line in Arlington of .263/.283/.430. He does have 20 RBI in 28 games there. I swear I've seen all 20 of them. I have seen him play some rotten defense, though, I must say.
Delmon Young is one of those guys I think must be a superstar because every time I see him he hits a 3-run HR into the back of the visitors' bullpen. Perhaps some scouts have the same experience.
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