2013 Dodgers review: Michael Young

Dustin Bradford

The veteran infielder was acquired by the Dodgers on Aug. 31, and was a primary pinch hitter during the playoffs.

A look back at the brief time former Bishop Amat High School graduate Michael Young spent with the Dodgers after they acquired him from the Phillies for left-handed minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen on Aug. 31.

What went right

While he wasn't quite Marlon Anderson or Ronnie Belliard, Young gave the Dodgers what they could have reasonably expected out of a late August waiver trade acquisition. Young was 16-for-51 with two doubles, a triple and one walk, and hit .314/.321/.392 in September.

He drove in a run in the Dodgers' division-clinching win against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix on Sept. 19.

Young was mostly a reserve for the Dodgers but did start 10 of the 26 games once he joined the team, four of which came after the Dodgers already clinched the division.

What went wrong

Young was 1-for-10 in the postseason, including hitting into a pair of crushing double plays (one of which had a runner thrown out at home, so obviously not all Young's fault) in Game 1 of the NLCS in St. Louis after being subbed in at first base after Adrian Gonzalez was removed as a pinch runner.

This is all a small sample size, obviously, but including the playoffs Young hit .279/.286/.344 in 63 plate appearances with the Dodgers.

2014 status

Young, 37, is a free agent.

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