School: TCU; Class: Junior
Position: LHP; B/T: L/L
Height: 6-2; Weight: 205
Previously Drafted: Texas Rangers, 32nd round, 2012
Background: The 6-foot-2 southpaw out of Carmel Catholic High School (Mundelein, IL) worked mainly out of the Horned Frogs’ bullpen during his first two seasons, making 44 appearances, all of but four coming in a relief role. Young opened up his collegiate career on a high note as he earned nods as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, as well Second-Team All-Big-12 and Big 12 All-Freshman Team. He tallied a 37-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40.2 innings.
Young would follow that up with another nearly identical season in 2014, posting a 40-to-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 43.0 innings of work.
This season, the big lefty made the successful conversion – finally – into the school’s rotation and, lo and behold, he’s shined: in 13 starts (79.0 IP), Young has set a career high in K-rate (8.77 K/9) while issuing the fewest free passes in his career (2.16 BB/9).
Projection: A solid mid- to back-of-the-rotation caliber starting pitcher with less risk given his lack of wear-and-tear on his left arm courtesy of spending a couple years in the bullpen. Young will miss some bats and do a solid job limiting free passes. He’s been a bit homerun-prone this season, so that’ll bear watching. For comps, think Marco Gonzales or Chi Chi Gonzalez.
Ceiling: 1.5- to 2.0-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Grade: First/Second Round
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