MILWAUKEE -- Eric Young Jr., whose father manned second base in the early years of Miller Park, has reportedly signed a Minor League contract with the Brewers that includes an invitation to big league camp.
The club did not immediately announce the agreement, but ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that Young would earn $1 million plus incentives if he makes the Major League roster. He represents another versatile import for Milwaukee general manager David Stearns; Young has experience at all three outfield positions, plus second base.
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The elder Eric Young was a productive player for a poor Brewers team in 2002 before being traded to the Giants in August '03. His son was a 30th-round Draft pick of the Rockies that same year, and he debuted in the big leagues in '09. Young Jr.'s most productive season was '13, when he led the National League with 46 stolen bases while playing a career-high 148 games for the Rockies and Mets.
In 1,683 career plate appearances, Young Jr. owns a .247/.314/.328 slash line, with 144 steals in 179 attempts. He has made 200 Major League starts in left field, 48 in center, 34 in right, and 46 at second base.
Young is the 10th known non-roster invitee of the Brewers, and the second outfielder. The other is former Pirates center fielder Alex Presley. Milwaukee appears set at the outfield corners with a combination of Ryan Braun, Khris Davis and Domingo Santana, but the club has been stockpiling options for center field in recent weeks.
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