Austin Young, Right-Handed Pitcher
HT : 6'4
WT : 220 lb.
DOB : April 20, 1992, Mechanicsville, Virgina
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : University of Virgina (Charlottesville, Virgina)
Acquired : Free Agent 2014
Stock : Rising
Cool Notes : Honor Roll student / Three-year varsity basketball player in High School
How this kid went undrafted is beyond us. Austin Young is the real deal, and that is why he's jumped into our countdown and rised to a higher level on most of our ballots. We welcome you to meet one of our favorite prospects, and one that could soon be yours too.
Young has good deception, flashing the ball briefly then hurling it in at what he described as a "high three-quarters on the side, with a little crossfire across my body."
Young has strong mechanics, and what would you expect from a guy who was born in "Mechanicville" (stupid joke). He comes down on his front foot, with a quick hip turn and strong follow through towards the plate. He uses his strong frame to his advantage as well.
Young's throws a lot of strikes with his pairing arsenal of a fastball with good run and an off-speed pitch with good late break. Young has progressed well with these pitches, picking up more velocity and movement on both pitches in the last few years. He uses both of these pitches to create weak contact and a large amount of ground ball outs.
Young pitches with confidence and an attacking approach from the mound.
During the 2013 off-season, Young had surgery to heal thoracic outlet syndrom.
Young was primarily a first basemen in High School, putting up a .471/.606/.837 slash his senior season. Young played all four years of High School on Varsity. Young was named a First-Team All-Capital Region member, and was a second-team honoree his Junior season. In 2010, Young was an Honorable Mention for the All-State Team.
Young's freshman year at Virgina was spent on the bench, making just three appearances, pitching three and two/third innings, allowing just one hit. Young's sophomore year was quite different, pitching 33.1 innings in 21 appearances, recording four straight scorless outings from April 20-29, 2012.
In 2013, Young limited batters to a .195 batting average, recording a perfect 5-0 record in 28 relief appearances. He also held a 2.25 ERA and 1.062 WHIP over his Junior season.
Young kept his light's out statistics in his Senior season, posting a 1.75 ERA and 0.857 WHIP over 19 appearances, striking out 27 batters in 25.2 innings pitched. Young kept batters at bay with a .200 against average.
Young somehow went undrafted in the 2014 Draft, and made up for it with a strong professional debut season, putting up a 2.14 ERA, 0.714 WHIP and struck out 17 batters, while walking just one in 21 innings pitched.
Young had nine of his 12 outings in 2014 go scoreless, and had three go perfect over two innings in each. Young struck out at least one batter in each of his 12 appearances.
Young got in trouble in one outing on August 13th, where he allowed two runs on two hits, one walk, and four wild pitches. Taking this appearance out of the picture, Young would have posted a 1.32 ERA, 0.590 WHIP, .162 against average and would not have walked a batter the entire 2014 season.
Young was rock solid in Rookie Ball, but was slightly older than the competition. We expect Young to skip another year in Rookie Ball and go straight to Class-A in 2015, where he will face more advanced competition.
Young went undrafted, but has shown potential towards a Major League career in the middle innings. If this is the case, Young could progress quickly, and become a Major Leaguer by the 2017 season.
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