34-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chris Young in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Chris Young Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the Nationals in November of 2013.
Young, who underwent surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in June of 2013, is healthy and hoping to return to his old form, MLB.com reports. "After having shoulder surgery in the past, you sort of expect a level of discomfort," Young said. "I was sort of resigned to the fact that my shoulder is not the same that it once was. What I didn't realize was, the problem was never truly corrected. Now I feel great. I'm really excited about it. Hopefully, it will stay that way."
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Washington Nationals Roster
MajorsBarrett, Aaron (P)
AAACarroll, Jamey (SS)
AACole, A.J. (P)
A+Dickson, Ian (P)
ABacus, Dakota (P)
RookieGiolito, Lucas (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Chris Young.
After returning to the rotation June 5, Young was healthy enough to stay there for the rest of the season while delivering useful innings every fifth day despite his extreme flyball tendencies. The Mets are opting to look elsewhere for help in the back of their rotation with a handful of young arms ready to make the leap in 2013, leaving Young on the open market in the offseason. Now that he's seemingly healthy again, Young figures to get a look from a team seeking veteran depth at an affordable price, as it is hard to envision a scenario where he gets a big contract considering that his 115 innings last season were the most he has logged in a big league season since 2007.
Young, who only pitched 20 innings in 2010 because of injuries, signed a one-year deal with the Mets last January. Young made two solid starts and then was shut down with biceps tendinitis for two weeks. He then made two more starts, before getting shut down and ultimately undergoing surgery to repair an anterior capsule tear in his throwing shoulder. This is the same injury Johan Santana is repairing from and there is a good chance that Young won't be able to pitch in 2012. .
Young only pitched 20 innings in 2010 because of, you guessed it, injuries. For those not familiar with Young, here's some insight: he's always injured. The last time he started more than 20 games was 2007, when he posted a 3.12 ERA and 1.098 WHIP. As a result of the injuries his velocity was down considerably in 2010. It's almost impossible to say what Young is capable of at this point, but what we do know is that when he was healthy he pitched much better at home, had marginal control and was always a flyball pitcher who had issues with the long ball. The Padres declined to pick up his option, leaving him free to sign elsewhere. Unless he signs with a team that has a spacious park, he's likely not worth your time.
There was no "good Chris Young" last year, as the Diamondbacks' center fielder tanked and this one walked nearly as many batters as he struck out before shoulder inflammation ended his season. Surgery to shave the labrum was deemed a success, and he's expected to be ready to go in spring training. As an extreme flyball pitcher, his value will plummet if the Padres deal him, as they should, so beware.
Much was expected from Young last year, but a horrific line drive to the face off the bat of MVP Albert Pujols shelved him for a third of the season, and he missed another three weeks in August with a strained right forearm. When healthy, his strikeout rate was below previous levels and his walk rate was a little high as he could never get in a real groove. When healthy, Young has the potential to anchor a fantasy staff, but even with the fluke blow to the face aside, Young's durability must be questioned.
If not for a July 24 oblique strain that landed him on the DL, Young might have bested teammate Jake Peavy for the 2007 NL Cy Young Award. Prior to that date, Young was 9-3 with a league-leading 1.85 ERA. He wasn't the same the rest of the way, finishing with a 9-8 mark and a 3.12 ERA. Young is one of the NL's best pitchers and could be drafted at a discount, given his disappointing finish to the 2007 season. The 28-year-old may be at his physical peak. He strikes out nearly a batter per inning and allows so few hits that his relatively high walk totals don't hurt him very much. Young has the talent to win 20 games and a Cy Young Award, and he's even better on the road than at pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
Young continued his emergence as a front-line starter in 2006 and proved that his success isn’t a creation of a pitcher-friendly home ballpark. He actually fares better on the road, where he’s won 24 straight decisions, one shy of the major league record. Young is not the fastest thrower in the game, but he has good control and deceives batters with his 6'10 frame. He and Jake Peavy will be counted upon to anchor the Padres' rotation again in 2007.
Young complained of arm fatigue around the All-Star break, which contributed to a 10.18 ERA for the month of July, but he should be more durable with a full season under his belt. There's a lot to like given his strikeout rate.
Young managed to turn his threat of pursuing an NBA career into a three-year, $1.5 million contract with Texas. He displayed a nice K/IP ratio at all three stops in 2004, including his brief time in Texas, which bodes well for the future. He has been traded in the past for the likes of Matt Herges and Einar Diaz, which gives an idea of his value. He's expected to be a frontrunner for a rotation spot in 2005.
Young advanced to Double-A in 2003, and his fastball picked up some extra mph. He's rapidly making Pittsburgh look foolish for trading him to get a brief taste of Matt Herges -- if he continues to develop, Young could make his major league debut in the second half.