Name: Chesny Young, 2B
Age: 22 (10/6/1992)
Weight: 180 pounds
How acquired: Drafted in 14th round 2014, # 409 overall, out of Mercer University.
Mesa Cubs, Arizona Rookie League (2 G, 1-for-6);
Boise Hawks, Northwest League, Short Season, (15 G, .354/.466/.417, 0 HR, 9 RBI);
Kane County Cougars, Midwest League, Low A (27 G, .324/.348/.419, 0 HR, 9 RBI)
Prior to Cubs
One of the most decorated players in Mercer University history, Young was the school’s first to earn A-Sun Conference Player of the Year honors, broke the school record for hits (105), and became the sixth player in school history to bat over .400. A three year starter at Marist High School, Young helped his squad to back-to-back Georgia 4A titles in 2010-11 and hit .424 his senior year with 41 RBI and 11 SB before heading to college. He made a name for himself when he arrived on campus, earning freshman All-American honors and was named A-Sun freshman of the year. His historic sophomore season included 33 multi-hit games and he finished 18th in nation in RBI and sixth in batting avareage. Young spent the his junior year at third base and was impressive at the plate, hitting .348/.430/.456 with 71 hits to go along with 32 runs, 10 doubles, 4 HR and 37 RBI; and also tied for the team lead with 20 multi-hit games.
After signing a pro contract on June 27, Young made his pro debut a day later against the A’s in the Arizona Rookie League, collecting his first pro hit, a single. After one more game in Mesa, Young found himself on a plane headed to Boise and the Northwest League. He delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in his NWL debut and played in 15 games for the Hawks (.354/.466/.417, 48 AB, 8 BB, 8 K). Young joined Kane County at the end of July and was part of the Cougars championship run. In 27 MWL games, Young hit .324/.348/.419 but fanned 22 times with 5 BB. He finished his first pro year with a slash line of .327/.384/.409, which was aided by a BaBIP of .403. He spent most of the year at second (32 games), and also displayed his versatility with action at short and third.
Following the draft, Cubs Senior Vice President of Player Development Jason McLeod was asked to name a “sleeper”, he replied with “Chesny Young.” The 22-year-old didn’t disappoint in his debut season, working his way from Mesa to Boise, and then helping Kane County win a MWL championship. Young’s best tool is his ability to put the barrel of the bat on the ball, aided by his comfort of the strike zone. Young doesn’t try to do too much with pitches, going the other way with a majority of his base knocks heading to right field and right center. Young will be in a battle to make the Myrtle Beach starting line-up and is one player who could make a quick rise through the system. I like his approach at the plate as I got a chance to see him play last summer. A wide, slightly open stance before delivery, Young uses a short leg kick to start his swing and square up his stance. His hands are quick and his short, compact swing takes a direct path to the ball, making solid contact. I’m looking forward to seeing him in action during his first full season as a pro. He got a future as an utility infielder and if the bat continues to progress, an everyday second baseman.