FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For someone who is on the depth chart as the fourth outfielder for the Red Sox, Chris Young sure did have a lot of microphones and cameras surrounding his locker when he reported to Spring Training on Sunday morning.This might have been unnerving for some newcomers
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For someone who is on the depth chart as the fourth outfielder for the Red Sox, Chris Young sure did have a lot of microphones and cameras surrounding his locker when he reported to Spring Training on Sunday morning.
This might have been unnerving for some newcomers to a team. But for Young, who spent the past two seasons with the Mets and Yankees, it is what he's come to expect and embrace.
"If there is anywhere else that can prepare you for it, it's definitely New York," Young said. "It's something I've learned to get used to. But with this comes big crowds, a lot of energy and the expectation to win. That's something that drives me. I'm excited about it."
Although Young had a solid stint with the Yankees after being released by the Mets in August 2014, it wouldn't be surprising to see his offense improve with the Red Sox.
Young has a right-handed swing built for Fenway Park, where he is a career .344 hitter with three homers, 12 RBIs and a 1.054 OPS in 61 at-bats.
"There's a great energy there, a lot of history there," Young said. "Being on that field and knowing the guys who played on that field, and the short left-field porch isn't too bad, either."
Manager John Farrell will play to Young's strengths, putting him in the lineup against every southpaw starter the Red Sox face. In his career against lefties, Young has an .837 OPS in 1,406 plate appearances. Last year, he belted lefties to the tune of a .972 OPS.
"In fairness to Chris, there has to be some at-bats against some right-handers to get some timing," Farrell said. "But it's clear his strength is against left-handed pitching."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com.