June 17, 2021

2019 SnakePit Awards: Performance of the Year, Alex Young: September 7 @ CIN (AZ Snakepit)


I did notice there was a bit of an attempt to engage in… well, let’s just call it “getting out the vote,” from a certain section of the electorate. One who might perhaps have a slight vested interest in the outcome, and whose neutrality may be somewhat questionable!

Now, we have, on at least one previous occasion in the Pitties, declared voting null and void and gone with “No award” due to egregious ballot-box stuffing. But in this case, I’m letting it stand. I was watching results over the course of proceedings, and while this family loyalty likely increased the margin of Young’s victory, he was already ahead at the time of the above Tweet. There’s no indication the actual result was changed, and you’d also be quite hard-pushed to argue that this remarkable start from Young wasn’t a worthy victor. So we’ll let those involved off a with a slap on the wrist and a warning as to their future conduct. 🙂 Now, moving on to the performance itself!

Young was largely an unheralded prospect when he arrived in the major. Less than a month before he made his debut on June 27, Fangraphs didn’t list him in their top 32 for Arizona. But he made an immediate…

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