Michael Young: Season is 'great learning experience'

Michael Young has driven in eight runs over the Texas Rangers last 11 games, but consistent production throughout the 2012 season has been lacking from the designated hitter/super utility infielder. How would Young best describe the stats he has compiled at the plate this season?

“It’s been an interesting season as far as results are concerned, you know, but I look at every game I’ve played as in the past. I always look forward to the next game, the next challenge, the next opportunity,” Young said. “Obviously it has not gone the way ... I know I am capable of a lot more. But at the same time, I know you don’t have to throw up numbers in order to improve. I look at this season as a great learning experience for me. You’re never at a point in your career where you stop learning. It’s an on-going process.”

Before last night’s 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians, Young was a guest on Rangers Baseball Tonight on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network. Young was 1-for-3 with an RBI single and recorded his first walk since August 23 versus Minnesota. His batting average stayed at .265. If the season ended today, that would be his lowest batting average since the 2002 season when he hit .262.

Additional “interesting” results include a .651 OPS, .285 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) and -1.6 WAR. He’s never had a negative wins above replacement rating.

Young also discussed the recent road trip in which he hit three key home runs to raise his season total to seven. Young talked about Jurickson Profar and the rookie’s extra-inning hitting tactic. Young described the Rangers' mental approach being three games up in the standings, and his physical conditioning this time of year. Listen to the podcast.