Padres claim Walter Young off waivers

The San Diego Padres today claimed first baseman Walter Young off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

Walter Young, 25, made his Major League debut with the Orioles in 2005, batting .303 (10-for-33) with one home run and three RBI in 14 games.

The 6'5", 322-pound Young was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 31st round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft and has averaged 23 home runs, 27 doubles and 92 RBI over his last four minor league seasons (2002-05). He was claimed off waivers by the Orioles in 2003.

Over parts of seven minor league campaigns in the Baltimore (2004-05) and Pittsburgh (1999-2003) organizations, Young has a career batting average of .286 (713-for-2491) with 116 home runs, 137 doubles and 477 RBI in 677 games.

With the addition of Young, the Padres are now scheduled to have 55 players report to Spring Training.

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