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Chris Young | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/25/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'10" / 253
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Princeton
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Chris Young has been moved to the Royals' bullpen.
Manager Ned Yost has chosen to stick with Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation even though he's been greatly outperformed by Young. Guthrie isn't guaranteed anything beyond his next start, though, so things could still change. Jul 31 - 4:39 PM

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Chris Young got a no-decision, allowing one run in 4 2/3 innings as the Royals defeated the Indians on Tuesday.

Michael Bourn accounted for the only run when he singled to lead off the fifth, then stole second base with one out and scored on catcher Salvador Perez's throwing error. Young gave up five hits and walked three while striking out five. It's the second time in as many starts Young has failed to complete five innings, but he still maintains a productive 3.25 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP and a 66/32 K/BB ratio over 99 2/3 innings. He's set to face the Blue Jays in Toronto next.
Jul 28 - 10:46 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are expected to boot either Chris Young or Jeremy Guthrie from the rotation following the addition of Johnny Cueto.

Yordano Ventura was removed from the rotation just last week, but he got another shot with Jason Vargas (elbow) going down and responded with seven frames of one-run ball Sunday. Evidently that was enough to make his spot secure. Young (3.32 ERA) has out-pitched Guthrie (5.35 ERA) this season by a wide margin, but the former has already shown he can pitch well out of the bullpen with a 1.50 ERA in relief.
Jul 27 - 4:09 PM

Chris Young was lifted after allowing four runs in three innings Thursday against the Cardinals.

Young is 2-4 with a 5.50 ERA over his last seven starts. Since he was so good before that and the Royals just lost Jason Vargas, Young shouldn't have to worry about his rotation spot just yet. Maybe that will change if the team trades for a starting pitcher.
Jul 23 - 10:53 PM

Chris Young lasted just five innings but surrendered only two runs to pick up a victory in Friday's 4-2 win over the White Sox.

Considering that he walked four and served up two home runs, Young was lucky to post a line as good as he did. The right-hander admitted after the game to being a little rusty, and he also said his back tightened up on him, which could help explain why he was lifted after 82 pitches. Young is expected to be fine for his next outing, which will likely come next week either against the Pirates or Cardinals.
Jul 17 - 5:58 PM

Chris Young took the loss Saturday after giving up three runs over six innings against the Blue Jays.

Young was pitching on three days' rest, so he did just fine under the circumstances. The tall right-hander gave up five hits (including a two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion) and two walks to go along with four strikeouts. He finishes off the first half with a surprising 3.00 ERA and 56/24 K/BB ratio in 87 innings over 13 starts and six relief appearances. The Royals originally brought him aboard as a bullpen arm, but he's been an important contributor.
Jul 11 - 5:30 PM

Chris Young gave up one run over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Twins on Thursday.

His only blemish was an RBI triple from Danny Santana in the fifth inning, but it was enough to put him on the losing side. Young gave up a total of six hits while walking one and striking out a pair. After being hammered for seven runs against the Red Sox on June 21, the veteran right-hander has turned in back-to-back solid starts. He'll bring a 2.64 ERA into a start against the Rays next week.
Jul 2 - 11:38 PM

Chris Young allowed two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a win over the A's on Saturday.

Young bounced back from a bad outing against the Red Sox his last time out to register a quality start in the win. The right-hander gave up just four hits and a walk in his six innings, with both runs scoring on throwing errors. The win improved his record to 7-3 with a 2.71 ERA and 0.99 WHIP overall. Young will try to keep rolling Thursday against the Twins.
Jun 27 - 7:01 PM

Chris Young was hammered for seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Sunday by the Red Sox.

Father Time caught up to Young on Father's Day. The veteran right-hander walked three and gave up seven hits -- three of which were home runs. He still has a nice-looking 2.83 ERA and 1.01 WHIP on the season, but there have been growing signs of trouble over the last couple of weeks. Young gets the A's on the road next.
Jun 21 - 5:12 PM

Chris Young tossed seven shutout innings as the Royals bested the Brewers 7-2 on Tuesday.

Young was terrific, allowing five hits while striking out three over his seven innings of work. It was the sixth time in eight starts this year that he's allowed zero or one run. It's no coincidence, then, that Young is now 6-2 with a 1.98 ERA and 0.92 WHIP on the year. He appears to be past the miniature slump he endured at the end of May, and Young will attempt to continue his magic act Sunday against the Red Sox.
Jun 16 - 11:25 PM

Chris Young took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and earned the victory Tuesday, limiting the Twins to one hit over 6 1/3 innings in the 2-0 win.

It was a bit of a strange situation, as the Royals were clinging to a one-run lead when Trevor Plouffe tripled with one out in the seventh. Despite it being just the first hit Young had allowed, Royals manager Ned Yost opted to go to his bullpen to preserve the precarious lead. Young finished with three walks and two strikeouts. He's now 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 0.94 WHIP, and he'll take on the Brewers in an interleague matchup on Monday.
Jun 9 - 11:59 PM

Chris Young was tagged for six runs in five innings by the Indians on Thursday.

After allowing a total of two runs (one earned) in his first four starts, Young has given up 10 runs in the last two. He'll bounce back, but not to the point where he was a couple of weeks ago.
Jun 4 - 11:40 PM

Chris Young suffered his first loss of the season, yielding four runs in six innings versus the Yankees on Wednesday.

Young entered the start having allowed just two runs (one earned) in 22 2/3 innings as a starter. Home runs hurt him on Wednesday, allowing a solo shot to Brian McCann in the second inning and a three-run blast in the third to Alex Rodriguez. They accounted for two of seven hits on the afternoon along with two walks and seven strikeouts. Now 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and a 30/11 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings, Young will try to bounce back in a home start against the Indians.
May 27 - 4:08 PM

Chris Young spun six scoreless frames in Friday's 5-0 win over the Cardinals.

Young's hot start continues. The tall right-hander scattered six hits while walking two batters and striking out a pair. He has allowed a total of one earned run over his four starts this season and owns a 0.78 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings on the year. Not bad for a guy who had to wait until March to sign with a team. Young will face an interesting test next week when he takes on the Yankees in New York.
May 23 - 1:02 AM

Chris Young held the Yankees to just one run in 5 2/3 innings Friday as part of a 12-1 win.

It looked like a mismatch on paper, but Young continues to surprise. The veteran right-hander held the Bombers to four hits and a pair of walks while striking out two batters. The only run scored on a sacrifice fly from Brian McCann in the fourth inning. Young has a 0.94 ERA through three starts and six relief appearances this season and is making a real case to keep a rotation spot.
May 16 - 12:11 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Edinson Volquez
3Danny Duffy
4Yordano Ventura
5Kris Medlen
6Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Ryan Madson
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Jeremy Guthrie
9Tim Collins
10Brian Flynn