Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Chris Young

by Keith Hernandez on June 20, 2012 @ 12:49:45 PDT's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

Chris B. Young searching for answers

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Chris Young
Young and restless

The first 11 games of the 2012 season for Young were fine and dandy; he was 16-for-39 with five home runs, 13 RBIs and two stolen bases. His fantasy owners were envisioning a big year. Then, he landed on the 15-day DL after crashing into an outfield wall and slightly tearing the AC joint in his right shoulder.

He was activated on May 18, and since that time, he's hitting only .148 with no long balls, just three RBIs and no thefts in 100 plate appearances. So much for a career year ... or is there still time to rebound?

Young was given a mental rest day by Arizona Diamondbacks skipper Kirk Gibson Tuesday after Young went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Monday. Gibson feels that Young is pressing to return to his level of production in the opening month. Gibson also admitted shortly after Young returned to the team from injury that he felt they brought him back too early.

While Gibson is confident that there isn't any lingering soreness in Young's shoulder, it's highly likely that it played a huge role in Young's poor performance upon his return. He didn't have much time to get back in a groove at the plate during his short rehab stint - good results in his few rehab starts probably persuaded the D-backs that he was ready.

Gibson tried moving Young up to the leadoff spot in order to get him going last Thursday, but in three games atop the order, he went 1-for-13 with three K's. Young's prolonged slump at this point is likely mostly mental, as Gibson alluded to.

Perhaps the day of rest Tuesday will get him going, but Young has always been a streaky hitter, and his propensity for making contact at a low rate makes him prone to random production outages. The stolen bases are down, well, because he's missed time and hasn't gotten on base since his return.

The 28-year-old's past several seasons show he's a consistent 20-20 threat despite the uninspiring BB/K ratio. This shouldn't change, it's just a matter of when he'll find the confidence with the stick again. It wouldn't be a bad idea to call around and gauge his owner's faith - if you can handle the hit in BA, of course.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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