Posted by Mack Ade at 10:00 AM
Delmon Young was the first player picked in the 2003 MLB draft. He was given a bonus of $3.7mil by the Tampa Bay Rays and then began soaring through their minor league system (2004: A - .320, 2005: AA - .336, 2006: .316). He finished 2006 hitting .317 for Tampa (126 at-bats) and it looked like this was the smartest pick ever made in a baseball draft.
Young’s first brush with the dark side came in 2006 and probably cost him his future with Tampa Bay. Young flung his bat at an umpire which ended with a 50-game suspension. Though he went on hit .288, 13-HR, 93-RBI in 2007, he was traded in the off-season with Brendan Harris and Jason Pridie, to the Minnesota Twins for Jason Bartlett, Matt Garza, and Eduardo Morlan.
He played 3 ½ seasons for the Twins but fell victim to a waiver trade to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitchers Cole Nelson and Lester Oliveros. He played the entire 2012 season ($6.75mil) for the Tigers, producing 18-HRs and 74-RBIs.
2012 was also the year where his dark side resurfaced. He was arrested in late April for yelling an anti-Semitic slur while drunk. He was suspended for seven days and eventually pleaded guilty to the charges. Strike two.
2013 brought two more teams. First, Young signed a $750,000 deal with Philadelphia. He hit .261, 8-HR, 31-RBI in 272-at-bats, but was designated for assignment in August. He was eventually cut after refusing to report to the minors (strike three).He finished the 2013 season with the team that started it all (Tampa)
Hitting rock bottom, Young signed a minor league deal with Baltimore this past season. He managed to play in 83 games, had 242 at-bats, and hit .302/.337/.442/.779.
Delmon Young will play 2015 as a 28-year old.