The Milwaukee Brewers reportedly added some more veteran depth to their stable of center field options today. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the club has agreed to terms with Eric Young, Jr. on a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Young can reportedly earn a $1 mil base salary plus incentives if he makes the big league team.
The son of former Brewers second baseman Eric Young, Junior hasn't had quite as successful a career to this point as dear old dad had. He was drafted in the 30th round of the 2003 draft by the Colorado Rockies and made his major league debut in 2009. He's spent most of his career as a backup and has accrued over 400 plate appearances just once, back in 2013. He's spent time with the Rockies, Mets, and Braves and owns a career .247/.313/.328 slash with 8 home runs in 1683 major league plate appearances.
What Young lacks in offensive firepower he makes up for with his speed and defensive versatility. He's spent time at all three outfield positions as well as second base, and grades out positively in both left field and center during his career according to DRS. He's also stolen 144 bases with an 80% success rate in 557 career games and has accumulated 31.4 total baserunning runs.
Young struggled greatly last season, managing only a 24 wRC+ and -0.5 fWAR in 53 games, hence why he was available on a minor league deal. He joins a very crowded outfield situation and his best bet for playing time likely involves competing with Keon Broxton and Kirk Neuwenhuis in spring training for playing time in center field. He's a nice depth player to have control of, at least, but it seems unlikely that he breaks camp with the big league team.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs