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Dodgers Recall Delwyn Young
2007-07-31 15:40
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Filling Wilson Betemit's spot on the roster will be outfielder Delwyn Young, who has an on-base percentage of .400 and a slugging percentage of .608 with AAA Las Vegas.

A switch-hitter, Young has a 1.095 OPS against righties and .968 against lefties. He has 44 doubles, five triples and 16 home runs in 398 at-bats. That's some paddlin'.

As of this writing, the Dodgers haven't announced which of their existing 12 active pitchers they will jettison to make room for new acquisition Scott Proctor, who will not report to the team until at least Wednesday.

Comments (69)
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2007-07-31 15:44:30
1.   Xeifrank
What positions can Delwyn Young play?
vr, Xei
2007-07-31 15:45:25
2.   Bluebleeder87
ToyCannon must be pretty happy about this, I've never seen the kid play at all so i'm very curious. See something good did come out of this.
2007-07-31 15:45:39
3.   Greg Brock
1 Hitter
2007-07-31 15:46:13
4.   Xeifrank
Don't we need a backup infielder, instead of another outfielder? Isn't it difficult enough for Kemp and Ethier to get playing time already? Or is D.Young going to be strictly a pinch hitter? with R.Martinez backing up Kent and Nomar?
vr, Xei
2007-07-31 15:46:16
5.   Bluebleeder87
1

I've heard he plays the OF now but he use to play 2nd base if I remember correctly.

2007-07-31 15:47:11
6.   GMac In The 909
Roberto Hernandez should be the even money favorite to be jettisoned.
2007-07-31 15:47:53
7.   blue22
Yeah, infield depth is a little scary right now. Get well soon, Tony Abreu.
2007-07-31 15:49:47
8.   underdog
He's a bad second baseman. An okay outfielder. He'll be a backup OFer and a PH-er. And emergency infielder. Which is okay.

Yeah, my fingers are crossed for Hernandez over Hull.

2007-07-31 15:50:00
9.   Jon Weisman
4 - I would think he's mostly a pinch-hitter for now. The infield depth is a concern. I have to assume Kent is healthy right now.
2007-07-31 15:50:04
10.   underdog
(I mean for Hernandez to be DFA'd.)
2007-07-31 15:54:11
11.   blue22
9 - I think you would've seen Wilson Valdez (he's still in the organization, right?) instead, if there was any immediate concern about the health of Kent.
2007-07-31 16:00:15
12.   willhite
6 -
I'll take your bet.

Our Mgr and GM value experience over all else, including talent. I'm betting on Houlton or Hull.

2007-07-31 16:00:38
13.   silverwidow
Young

vs LHP (batting right) 1.063 OPS
vs RHP (batting left) .947 OPS

http://tinyurl.com/ywcvo2

2007-07-31 16:01:14
14.   GMac In The 909
12 The line just moved to 2-1.
2007-07-31 16:03:24
15.   scooplew
I know each of us has some degree of concern about the Dodgers, but to put it in some perspective, here's what a radio talk show host on KNBR, the Giants' flagship station in San Francisco, said he expected back for the club next year:
Pitchers -- Cain, Lincecum, Lowry and Zito
Position Players -- Frandsen, Lewis, Molina and Wynn.
To be joined, he said, by 18 new faces.
2007-07-31 16:05:48
16.   trainwreck
Sportscenter is showing all the memorable home runs hit against the Dodgers.

It is never ending.

2007-07-31 16:08:37
17.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
15 It isn't fair to compare the Dodgers to a last place team's current predicament...
2007-07-31 16:10:53
18.   scooplew
17 I wasn't comparing the two teams; I was just pointing something out. And my message is: Be thankful for what you have rather than complain about what you don't.
2007-07-31 16:11:05
19.   ToyCannon
2
Toy Cannon is not happy. He is happy for D Young but I expect he will just become a Yo Yo, get a few ab's, fail as a pinch hitter and then get sent back down until Sept. We can't go long with Ramon covering all of our infield spots with an infield that consists of Kent/Furcal/Nomar. Oh wait, we have Olmedo to play 3b. How lovely. Problem solved.
2007-07-31 16:15:42
20.   underdog
Toy is so unhappy he's talking in the third person about himself. Underdog is starting to worry about Toy.
2007-07-31 16:18:40
21.   Bluebleeder87
{16}

They laughing apologized, I just realized something I don't really watch them anymore I just get all my info online.

2007-07-31 16:20:06
22.   Kevin Lewis
I think some people are cracking under the pressure.

I'm just glad I don't work at Dodger stadium: I would not be able to keep my mouth shut about things going on in the field.

2007-07-31 16:20:10
23.   Sam DC
Jim Bowden explains why the Nationals did not deal. http://tinyurl.com/3dj3u2

Moderately interesting, though he's a little flexible with the facts.

2007-07-31 16:22:32
24.   Bluebleeder87
the only thing that kind of P.O'ed me about the Betemit trade is that we didn't get much value in return for him, oh well.
2007-07-31 16:23:24
25.   blue22
24 - Well as long as that's the only thing. :)
2007-07-31 16:25:54
26.   Bluebleeder87
25

Yeah, I don't drive a hard bargain & I'm easy to please. ;o)

2007-07-31 16:26:03
27.   imperabo
I don't see how depth at 3rd is an issue. Obviously LaRoche will get the call if Nomar goes down. If Kent goes down they will probably just take the tradeoff of superor defense and go with Martinez. I have no problem at all with this move. All we needed was a pinch hitter.
2007-07-31 16:27:21
28.   Ricardo
24. I feel the same way but at least Ned didn´t trade LaRoche, Kemp or Loney. I give a C to Ned.
2007-07-31 16:29:46
29.   Sam DC
Don Sutton just said he thinks Wilson Betemit needs to and is ready to play every day.
2007-07-31 16:33:01
30.   underdog
29 That's cool. Too bad he still won't be playing every day. (Though at least with the DH he'll play more often than he was, I'd bet.)

--

Off topic, but do y'all think Flight of the Conchords is too geeky a nickname for my new soccer team?

2007-07-31 16:33:43
31.   NorCal-Dodger
I'm not too upset about the trade, I will miss Betemit and wish him the best, but bottom line we need help with our pitching.

Like, I mentioned before, every team coveted our young prospects on the farm, for many reasons, young, talented and cheap for years to come. We had no one available in bigs that any team would take in a trade. (Omeldo, R. Martinez, Nomar, LuGo), doubt that they were even mentioned in a trade. Our young players, no longer propects because they've proven they belong up here (Martin, Kemp, Loney, Eithier, Brox, and Bills) were virtually untouchable.

So Wilson, was the only expendable part we can let go of. Shouldn't be too upsetting, because one less person to block LaRoche. We still have Abreu, Hu, D. Young, DeWitt. Plus, Ned was looking for a SP and the price for one was obviously not worth mortgaging our farm for, no key prospects were dealt away.
So, all in all, were down to 57 games left and it will be a 'Vick Brawl' with the rest of the division.

2007-07-31 16:33:53
32.   silverwidow
ItD:

Furcal, SS
Pierre, CF
Martin, C
Gonzo, LF
Nomar, 3B
Loney, 1B
Kemp, RF
Martinez, 2B
Penny, P

2007-07-31 16:35:36
33.   Andrew Shimmin
Kent's defensive liability is pronounced, unambiguous, and not as big a problem as Martinez's inability to hit. It'll be bad news if Martinez gets more than a handful of starts.
2007-07-31 16:35:42
34.   trainwreck
30
no
2007-07-31 16:36:14
35.   LAT
Has anyone seen confirmation of whether Barry is playing tonight?
2007-07-31 16:38:41
36.   still bevens
If he needs to rest, tonight is the night to do it. He'll be feasting on mediocre starters for the rest of the series if he plays.
2007-07-31 16:39:25
37.   Ricardo
If Proctor gives up the 755 to Bonds, Vin should say: "and he was born to be a dodger".
2007-07-31 16:39:27
38.   Greg Brock
Vin is going to be so bummed out when he has to call 756. Even sadder than Tomko will be.
2007-07-31 16:41:24
39.   Vishal
i just had to explain to yankees fans on this music message board i post to that 1) scott proctor isn't very good and 2) their team just fleeced the dodgers.
2007-07-31 16:43:28
40.   Bill Crain
Daily News is reporting Bonds in the lineup
2007-07-31 16:43:38
41.   Ricardo
38. I´m sure Bond´s best friend, Jeff Kent, will be very happy.
If I had to bet I´d say that Tomko or Hernandez will give up the 756.
2007-07-31 16:43:50
42.   Dodgers49
Another hitting coach bytes the dust:

Padres hire Joyner to replace Rettenmund as hitting coach

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2956367

2007-07-31 16:45:31
43.   MMSMikey
ugh, get to watch martinez hit tonight.
2007-07-31 16:46:32
44.   LAT
40. Thanks Bill
2007-07-31 16:47:12
45.   underdog
So Kent's still sore? We'll definitely miss his bat tonight. Hopefully he can be back tomorrow and Thursday, when the team will need to score 9 or 10 runs.
2007-07-31 16:48:52
46.   Bluebleeder87
I think Jon is gonna be there tonight & tomorrow hopefully he'll give us the inside scoop today or tomorrow if he breaks it here.
2007-07-31 16:50:18
47.   Kevin Lewis
I imagine we can win the NL West, but going to the World Series is going to take an explosion of offense and some solid pitching...any chance of this happening?
2007-07-31 16:51:23
48.   Kevin Lewis
Any chance someone else will start on Thursday in place of Tomko? I really want the bobble head, but this could be torture.
2007-07-31 16:52:33
49.   underdog
All I know is that the Staten Island Advance isn't happy, and that's all that matters to me.
http://tinyurl.com/yvhxc9

(Don't take it too seriously, it's a little harsh on both Betemit and Proctor, but it's actually kind of funny.)

2007-07-31 16:54:24
50.   Sam DC
Now Sutton is talking about the Negro Leagues. He said that, the moment he really became confident that he could play with anyone was pitching against the Pensacola Sea Gulls, and against a player named Johnny Joe Lewis. (He wasn't sure of the Sea Gulls team name at first, but then remembered it that way.)

A former Homestead Gray, James Tillman, is at the game at RFK and was just interviewed. He described his best memory of playing in the Negro Leagues: He joined the Grays in NY and they were playing in Yankee Stadium. He hit the ball and started running fast. And the first base coach had to stop him and tell him it was a home run and he should slow down going around the bases.

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2007-07-31 16:55:52
51.   bigcpa
I have a pair of infield loges available at face for Friday Aug 3rd vs. D'backs. Email me bigcpa@gmail.com.
2007-07-31 16:57:14
52.   Sam DC
And no I don't know what that comma is doing there.
2007-07-31 16:59:26
53.   ryu
40 Woohoo! (I'm going to the game tonight.)
2007-07-31 17:01:06
54.   D4P
Is Bob D4P's uncle?

That would explain my avuncular feelings toward him.

Regarding Delwyn Young: don't his 2007 stats scream PCL inflation? The .046 IsoD and 3:1 K/BB ratio aren't exactly scintillating.

2007-07-31 17:03:12
55.   underdog
Bob's yer uncle? Blimey.
2007-07-31 17:04:26
56.   D4P
Bob's yer uncle?

(Shhh: I'm just telling him that so I can inherit part of his librarian fortune)

2007-07-31 17:09:46
57.   Jim Hitchcock
All right! MLB EI is on in Carson City!

Hope they use the L.A. broadcast feed...I've really missed Vinny.

2007-07-31 17:11:59
58.   Jon Weisman
54 - Why wouldn't you factor in that it's the PCL? I don't understand the point.

30 - Much less geeky than the last softball team I played on, "Oy, I Think I Pulled Something."

46 - I'm going tonight. Weds and Thurs I'll be home.

2007-07-31 17:12:18
59.   Andrew Shimmin
54- I don't think anybody believes Young is going to OPS 1.008 over a reasonable stretch in the Major Leagues this year, so, I guess they're inflated in that sense. But Vegas isn't magic. He can hit. Too bad BP doesn't keep its MLE translations running year round.
2007-07-31 17:16:51
60.   bigcpa
I will be representing DT tonight in the RF pavilion row C. Bonds 2007 HR chart suggests a 25% chance my section is the golden ticket: http://tinyurl.com/yskezl
2007-07-31 17:17:53
61.   Lexinthedena
Well, I'm off to hang with an old friend in my once beloved and now totally gentrified Echo Park, and then walk up through Elysian Park, and to the ballpark where I will watch tonights proceedings from field level!

Move Nomar to 2nd and give LaRoche a look!

Hope tonight goes well....

Peace in your middle crease.

2007-07-31 17:17:57
62.   Sam DC
8 runners is a lot to leave on base during four half innings.
2007-07-31 17:18:15
63.   Jim Hitchcock
bigcpa, I hope when you catch the ball and get your picture in the paper, your hair won't be orange :)
2007-07-31 17:19:51
64.   sydneydodger
I have not seen much comment on the Padres' trades. What's the assessment?
2007-07-31 17:20:39
65.   bigcpa
63 There's a old reference! For the rest of you I had Scott Spiezio's famous WS HR land nearly in my lap. I made the front page of the OC Register- and the color print didn't due my golden locks justice.
2007-07-31 17:24:14
66.   Jon Weisman
Okay, the game thread is open.
2007-07-31 17:24:58
67.   sanchez101
38. "Vin is going to be so bummed out when he has to call 756. Even sadder than Tomko will be."
-this line is a DT classic, I loved it.

re: Delwyn Young in Vegas, his numbers would translate (eyeballed from Davenport translations for other hitters in Las Vegas) would be ~.295/.345/.500 at the major league level. This isn't to say that he WILL put up those kind of numbers - simply what his AAA line translates to. His mediocre strike zone control, I would think, along with his inexperience should give him trouble. The good news is that Young's performance makes him interesting and potentially very useful. Keep in mind that Martin's line in AAA before getting recalled was a mediocre .282/.355/.436.

2007-07-31 17:25:58
68.   NoHoDodger
58 Hey, my softball team's name is the "Boychikz". You either get it or you don't. Always got a kick out of people asking, "are you boys and chicks?"
2007-07-31 18:23:31
69.   Izzy
Random Dodger Thought: All I know, is that whenever Maddux retires, whatever it takes, we need to hire him as our pitching coach.
End of thought.

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