We continue our 2014 Mets Season in Review series with outfielder Eric Young, Jr.
Young was a fairly regular player at the beginning of the season, but found himself being used as a bench piece for the majority of the second half.
How he fared in 2014:
As has been the case throughout most of Young’s six-year career, he was unable to get on base at a clip that would’ve made his almost power-less offensive numbers palatable.
Overall in 2014, Young posted a triple slash of .229/.299/.311, while scoring 48 runs. He hit 1 home run, 10 doubles, 5 triples, and was 30-for-36 on stolen base attempts.
Young’s line drive percentage (18.7) was the second lowest of his career, and he hit the ball on the ground during a shade over 63 percent of his at-bats (the highest rate of his career). His .285 BABIP was the lowest of his career, indicating he hit into a bit of bad luck.
Fangraphs rated Young as a plus-defender in 2014, making him a 1-WAR player overall. Still, while his defense was solid, Young continued to take poor routes to the ball far too often while displaying poor arm strength.
Areas to improve upon:
For a player like Young to be successful, he needs to get on base enough for his legs to be a regular weapon. Over the last few seasons, that hasn’t been the case.
Projected Role in 2015:
Reserve outfielder for a club besides the Mets.
Contract Status and Trade Rumors:
Young is arbitration eligible, and is set to earn roughly $3 million in 2015.
Simply put, Young is not worth $3 million, especially to a team like the Mets who will have a set regular outfield (Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, and a likely acquisition for the other corner spot) and more than enough potential fourth outfielders (Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker, Cesar Puello) to choose from.
Expect the Mets to non-tender Young.