While Dmitri Young’s season last year was a bust, let’s hope he can control his diabetes and turn things around this year to win another Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2009.
Who wouldn’t want to see his healthy bat coming off the bench? I’m sure Manny Acta would love to have the dilemma of dealing with two heavy hitters in Nick Johnson and Young battling it out for playing time at first base.
Also, if they’re both healthy, that gives acting (Let’s hope the Nats remove the word “acting” soon) GM Mike Rizzo some trading flexibility.
Scouts around the majors are starting to realize how rich the Nats farm system is becoming. Finally there are players that teams are actually coveting.
Pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Shairon Martis along with OF/1B Chris Marrero, catcher Derek Norris and outfielders Roger Bernadina, Justin Maxwell, Leonard Davis (he really came on the scene as a power hitter last season) and Michael Burgess are all raising some eyebrows in baseball.
Dmitri Young is among those who has been impressed with some of players in the Nats farm system. He spent time rehabbing in the minors last year, and he told me they’ve got some real talent down there.
The Nats’ big slugger can help these players, too. He’s a solid clubhouse guy, especially when he’s feeling healthy.
Admittedly he’s been through a lot and he understands dealing with adversity. His story can inspire some of the young talent in the organization, especially if another comeback is in the making in 2009, and who doesn’t love a good story?