MILWAUKEE -- He's started just one game this season, but Eric Young Jr. has been an integral part of the Rockies' success.
"He's a weapon," manager Jim Tracy said. "And he has embraced the role that he has right now."
Young has played in 12 of Colorado's first 14 games, showing an excellent approach at the plate as a pinch-hitter, and even better skills on the basepaths.
In fact, Young's baserunning was key in the Rockies' victory on Opening Day, and again Friday when they took the series opener from the Brewers at Miller Park. Both situations involved the outfielder advancing following errors on pickoff attempts and coming around to score go-ahead runs.
Young drew a big leadoff walk Saturday night in the sixth inning, which he followed up by stealing second and scoring a game-tying run on a groundout two batters later. In his fourth-year as a utility player for the Rockies, Young has the freedom to steal whenever he sees the right opportunity to do so.
"He has done just an absolute fantastic job in his role on this ballclub," Tracy said. "A guy with that kind of speed that's part of his game, that works on things like that, why would I sit over here and guess when he can stand there and see for himself and know if he can or can't get a jump and take advantage of the situation?
"You let the light be green. Don't go through the intersection if it goes to caution or red and cause a bad accident, and get to second. Simple as that. That's what he does. He's been absolutely terrific."