The first pick of the 2003 draft and the game's No. 1 prospect heading into '06, Young reached the majors in late August of that season and hit well, bating .317 in 30 games, but his stock had fallen slightly in the wake of a 50-game suspension he received for throwing a bat an umpire while still in Triple A. Thanks in large part to his 93 RBIs (rather than his .288/.316/.408 line with 13 homers and 0.9 WAR), he was the runner-up to Boston's Dustin Pedroia in the 2007 AL Rookie of the Year voting, after which the Devil Rays traded him to the Twins in a six-player deal that brought back starting pitcher Matt Garza. Young kept hacking away at the plate and in the field with limited success. When the organization chose Longoria with the No. 3 pick of the 2006 draft, Tampa Bay hoped that it would have both him and Young in the middle of its lineup for years to come.
I’m really, really worried about your team. The rankings (records through Wednesday’s games): 1. Houston Astros (31-16; Previous: 3): Three years since Sports Illustrated said they’d win in ’17, and now everything feels a little stale. 2. Washington Nationals
Wade Davis may not light up the radar gun like Aroldis Chapman, but the veteran closer has still had a similar impact shortening games for the Cubs. Davis is 10-for-10 in save opportunities in his first year in Chicago, providing Joe Maddon and the Cubs with peace of mind as an anchor in a bullpen that has thrown the eighth-most innings in baseball (and ranks No. 8 in ERA with a 3.45 mark). Davis just surrendered his first runs of the season Wednesday night on a Mac Williamson homer that snuck into the right-field basket. With 24 whiffs on the season, Davis is striking out 34.8 percent of the batters he's faced in a Cubs uniform, which would be the second-highest mark of his career (he struck out 39.1 percent of batters in 2014 as the Kansas City Royals setup man).