5:15 pm November 19, 2010, by David O'Brien
Outfielder Matt Young and right-handers Randall Delgado and Cory Gearrin had their contracts purchased by the Braves on Friday, before the deadline for teams to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 draft.
Young, 28, will get his first chance to make the major league team during spring training, where the versatile minor league veteran will compete for a bench job. He hit .300 with 33 doubles, five triples, three homers and a .380 on-base percentage for Triple-A Gwinnett, while leading the International League with 39 stolen bases.
For the second offseason in a row, Young has impressed in the Mexican winter league, batting .356 in 31 games for Navojoa before Friday.
Delgado, 20, is an elite prospect who went 7-12 with a 3.30 ERA in 28 starts last season for High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Mississippi. He had 162 strikeouts with 52 walks in 161 innings.
Gearrin, 24, was 3-5 with a 3.36 ERA and in a team-high 52 relief appearances for Gwinnett. The sidearmer from Chattanooga had 66 strikeouts in 80-1/3 innings.
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