Now that the 2012 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) as our Mets 101 Player Review series returns. In each review we will take a look at one player's 2012 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2013. Today we will wrap up our 2012 edition of the Player Review Series by looking at starting pitcher Chris Young.
2012 Stats: 20 Starts, 115 Innings Pitched, 4-9, 4.15 ERA, 1.35 WHIP (119 Hits/ 36 Walks), 80 Strikeouts
2012 Story: After an injury ended his 2011 campaign, Chris Young re-signed with the Mets on a minor league deal for 2012. Young finished his rehab at Triple-A Buffalo and was recalled on June 5th to fill the fifth slot in the rotation. Young performed well out of the gate, stabilizing a back end of the rotation that had been in flux after Mike Pelfrey went down with Tommy John surgery. Young continued to be a serviceable starter until more was asked of him following injuries to Dillon Gee and Johan Santana. Young had a rough July and August, watching his ERA balloon to a season high 4.87 after a 13-0 debacle against Miami on August 8th. Young was able to right his ship at the end of the year, pitching reasonably well to end his year.
Contract Status: Free Agent
Odds of Returning: 40 Percent
2013 Role: Depth Starter/Fifth Man in Rotation
The Mets like Chris Young as a stable back of the rotation presence. Young will never be anything more than that at this stage of his career as his once outstanding stuff has taken a hit due to injury. Young managed to stay healthy towards the end of the season, which was another positive for Young. The problem with re-signing Chris Young is two-fold. The first problem is that Young's delivery and stuff leave him ill-suited for bullpen work, which is a problem when the rotation appears full at the moment. Young is also only a five or six inning pitcher, as his effectiveness dramatically drops when batters see him for a second or third time through the batting order. Having that occur over the course of a season can drain a bullpen, which is not a strength of the Mets to begin with. It is possible that Young will re-sign with the Mets on a minor league deal and be the first man up if Johan Santana or Dillon Gee's injury problems resurface. It is more likely, however, that a pitching needy club will offer Young a guaranteed major league deal to fill the back end of their rotation, which he would take in a heartbeat.
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