Eric Young began the year in the Brewers organization, spending the entire season at Triple-A until a waiver trade to the Yankees on the last day of August. The speedy outfielder put up modest numbers at the plate in the minors, but he immediately joined the big league club after being traded for the final month. He was limited to just one at-bat in that stint and served primarily as a pinch runner, though he had just one steal to show for it. Now a member of the Angels organization, Young hasn't hit well enough - he hasn't hit higher than .263 at either the majors or minors since 2012 - to attract much consideration for a major league role, although the 31-year-old's elite speed could help him move into a reserve role at some point in 2017.
Young agreed to a minor league contract with the Angels on Tuesday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. The vast majority of Young's playing time in 2016 came at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he slashed .263/.338/.339 over 116 games. That performance was an adequate representation of what's become expected from Young, as he's failed to demonstrate the consistent ability to hit for power or average since showing flashes of promise in 2012. While it's likely that Young will start 2017 in the minors, the possibility exists that the utility man could see occasional time with the big club if injuries become a problem for the Angels.
Young declined an outright assignment Thursday and is now a free agent. Before being traded to the Yankees, Young spent the entirety of his season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he hit a mediocre .263/.338/.339. The 31-year-old has had plenty of exposure to the majors over the course of his career, as he's played in 563 games. However, he has yet to impress and owns a .246/.314/.327 line for his career.
Young was called up by the Yankees on Friday. The Brewers traded Young to the Yankees for cash considerations earlier in the week and the the outfielder will indeed occupy a spot on New York's expanded September roster. A .247/.314/.328 career hitter at the major league level, Young posted a lackluster .263/.338/.339 line in 116 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs, but he did swipe 23 bags in 29 attempts. He may be used primarily as a pinch runner over the season's final month.
Young was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The speedy Young put together an impressive spring training, slashing .286/.350/.371 in 40 plate appearances in Cactus League play while going a perfect 4-for-4 on stolen-base attempts. Nonetheless, it appears management liked what they saw from Keon Broxton and Kirk Nieuwenhuis a little more, forcing Young, a non-roster invitee, to bide his time in the minors until an opportunity with the big club opens up.
Young signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports. Young spent the 2015 campaign with the Braves and Mets, compiling a .153 batting average with 18 strikeouts across 85 at-bats, but he did manage to steal six bases. He'll compete for an outfield spot in spring training, but there are no guarantees that the speedy Young makes the opening day roster given Milwaukee's already crowded outfield.