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Sonik22
07-05-2005, 06:23 PM
Chris Young, OF, Birmingham (Double-A, Chicago White Sox)
Perhaps the least known in this group, and the oldest at the advanced age of 22, Young has just as much all-around talent. He's the only non-first rounder here, taken in the 16th round by the White Sox in 2001 and he's been moving his way up slowly since.

Young played last year in the South Atlantic League and broke out with 24 homers and 31 steals. He also struck out 145 times and hit .262, showing he still had some work to do in smoothing out the rough edges. A bit surprisingly, the Sox challenged Young by skipping him a level up to Double-A this year. Young has responded with the same power-speed combination he showed in 2004. He had 17 homers and 15 steals in his first 80 games for the Barons. He's still striking out -- 87 K's at last count -- to keep his average at .265, but he's also drawn 41 walks for a respectable .359 OBP.

This is text from minorleaguebaseball.com about the all star futures game. They were talking about a truly talented outfield and there was no Ryan sweeney but there was chris young, who might be and alternate to trading sweeney, but also a guy to watch.

maurice
07-05-2005, 06:29 PM
Young skipped a level and struggled early, but he's been on a tear. His AVE is on the rise, his power numbers are sick, and he's walking and stealing bases. Legit 4-tool player if he can hit for average.

CleeFan101
07-06-2005, 07:22 AM
A lot of people think Chris Young is one of those big risk high reward type players. If he does pan out he has the potential to be better than Anderson and Sweeney but of them all he is most likely not 2 make it.

As of now he is drawing a lot of comparisons to Mike Cameron because of his K, amazing speed, and HR power.... But I think Young has a better eye than Cameron because Young walks a bunch and even though he K's a bunch its usually because he worked the count full.

SoxxoS
07-06-2005, 01:02 PM
Young skipped a level and struggled early, but he's been on a tear. His AVE is on the rise, his power numbers are sick, and he's walking and stealing bases. Legit 4-tool player if he can hit for average.

What tool is he missing...arm strength?

Randar68
07-06-2005, 01:13 PM
What tool is he missing...

:o:

arm strength?

Phew... lol. Yeah, he's worked really hard to turn a far below-average arm into an average arm. He recognized it and accepted it as a big weakness of his early on and has done a lot of work to try to improve that area of his game. He's not a Jermaine Dye type of arm by any means, but he can get it done now, and you probably couldn't say that just 24 months ago...