Weiss sees Young as potential 'super-utility guy'
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- New Rockies manager Walt Weiss' stated goal of increasing his team's versatility and aggressiveness on the bases could be a boon to the fortunes of Eric Young Jr., who was second on the team with 14 stolen bases despite playing just 98 games last season. Many of Young's appearances were in a reserve role.
Young, 27, spent most of his Minor League time at second base but began working in the outfield in 2009, the year he debuted in the Majors. Last season, when he finished with a .316 batting average, he made 34 appearances in the outfield and none in the infield.
"He's primarily an infielder," Weiss said. "But I see him -- especially for his career, and for us -- if he could be a super-utility type guy, where he can play some second and play some third. We're not going to just throw him in there. He's going to run around the infield, take some ground balls, see what that looks like and how he feels. Maybe that's an option for us, to get what he does in the lineup."
If the infield work goes well in practices, Young will see action in the infield in Spring Training games.