Young making smooth transition to outfield

Young making smooth transition to outfield

DENVER -- Eric Young Jr.'s transition to the Rockies' outfield reached a new level on Tuesday night.

Young, who was drafted as a second baseman, but has been transitioning to the outfield over the last three seasons, made an outstanding diving catch on a Dee Gordon line drive in center field to save at least one run in the third inning of the Rockies' 7-6 loss to the Dodgers.

Young struggled with outfield play at first, making the transition at the big-league level. But he became comfortable in left field during the latter part of last season and showed during Spring Training and the early part of this season that he can play center.

"Center is one of my favorite positions to play," Young said. "I like anything up the middle, second or center.

"From center, you can see exactly where the catcher is setting up and you have an idea if the pitcher makes his pitch and the hitter puts a bat on it, it should be in a certain area. But also there is extra space out there. There is room for me to hit top speed."

Young was playing Gordon in straightaway center and needed to cover considerable ground to put himself in position for the dive.