Now that it has been I few days, I have been able to process my thoughts. Not sure that is necessarily a good thing in this case…
Ok, I get that the Phillies needed a right-handed power corner. Then Ruben Amaro Jr signed Delmon Young. He is NOT the right-handed power-bat that was needed.
There are a few reason why he is not:
1) A Power-bat was needed!
For the most people’s definition, a power-bat is someone that can hit a lot of homeruns. Delmon Young hits some. Last year he hit 18. Umm… Yeah, 18. In 151 games. Let’s put that into perspective: Ryan Howard hit 14 in 71 games,
Let’s look at his slugging next. Young’s slugging was .411, Howard’s was .423.
Oh… umm… Ok.
How about On Base Percentage? Young= .296, Howard= .295.
So they are even there.
Walks? Young = 20, Howard = 25.
So why did I compare the two? Ryan Howard is the epitome of a power-bat. High strike-outs, but high power. I used Howard’s numbers from last year because that was his worst year overall.
It was also to prove that a healthy Delmon Young does not even match up to an un-healthy Ryan Howard.