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Chris Young | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/25/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 253
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Princeton
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Young delivered an impressive performance in his first start of the 2015 season on Friday, racking up nine strikeouts over five no-hit innings against the Tigers.
Had Young been stretched out, he certainly would have been able to work longer into the game. Eventually, the combined no-hitter would be broken up by a Nick Castellanos single in the eighth inning against Kelvin Herrera. While he'll shift back to the bullpen now, Young should get another opportunity the next time the Royals require a spot starter. May 1 - 11:28 PM

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Chris Young is expected to start for the Royals on Friday night against the Tigers.

But manager Ned Yost left open the possibility that he'll have to use Young out of the bullpen before that outing. Young wouldn't be a very good fantasy bet anyway versus Detroit. He's been working in relief all month.
Apr 27 - 3:11 PM

Chris Young pitched well in his Royals debut on Friday, surrendering one run on two hits over three innings in a 6-1 victory over the Padres.

The 35-year-old got a late start to his spring as he didn't sign on with the club until March 7, but should be ready to go for the start of the regular season. He'll provide insurance should the Royals require an additional starter at any point during the season, but is expected to function in a long relief role initially.
Mar 21 - 3:19 PM

Royals signed RHP Chris Young to a one-year, $675,000 contract.

He can earn up to $1 million more in incentives based on how long he's on the major league roster. Young won the American League Comeback Player of the Year award in 2014 after posting a 3.65 ERA over 29 starts and one relief appearance with the Mariners. Teams were obviously of his chances of repeating the showing, which is why he had to accept such a modest deal with a team that doesn't have an opening in their rotation. Young will serve as a swingman with the Royals.
Mar 7 - 12:55 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that free agent right-hander Chris Young is planning to review offers and make a decision on where to sign by the end of the week.

The market for Young was extremely quiet over the winter despite him posting a 3.65 ERA over 29 starts and one relief appearance with the Mariners last season. It's hard to count on him to stay healthy, but he'd be useful rotation depth for a handful of teams.
Mar 3 - 1:22 PM

MLB announced Friday that Chris Young was named as the AL Comeback Player of the Year.

Young didn't pitch at all in the majors in 2013 while dealing with injuries, but he was a surprising contributor in the Mariners' rotation this season, posting a 3.65 ERA over 29 starts and one relief appearance. The veteran right-hander stayed healthy enough to log 165 innings, giving him his highest total since 2007.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 01:12:00 PM

Chris Young has been moved to the Mariners' bullpen.

The veteran right-hander was scheduled to make his final regular-season start on Thursday against the Blue Jays, but the M's need to rack up as many victories as possible over this final week and aren't confident right now about what Young might give them. He had a great first half, but Young was lit up for seven runs in just three innings Saturday by a weak Astros team and owns an 8.35 ERA over his last five outings.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 03:48:00 PM

Chris Young allowed seven runs on eight hits in just three innings in the Mariners' 10-1 loss to the Astros on Saturday.

The Astros were batting Young around from the start in this one. They put up four runs in the first frame thanks to two-run homers by Chris Carter and Alex Presley and an RBI single to Jose Altuve in the second. When Young gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan to start the fourth, he was promptly yanked. In the end, he managed to last just three innings, striking out three, walking one and surrendering eight hits. The loss comes at a bad time for the M's, who are in a tight race with Oakland and Kansas City for the final two wildcard spots. Young's been a rock in the Mariner rotation, but he has been slightly more hittable since the All Star Break (3.15 ERA/.208 BAA in first half, 3.73 ERA/.264 BAA in second half) and this outing won't help those numbers. He'll take a 3.65 ERA into his last start of the season against the Blue Jays.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 09:56:00 PM

Chris Young allowed just two runs over six innings but took the loss against the Athletics Sunday.

Young limited the A's to just four hits, with a pair of solo home runs serving as the two runs to cross the plate on Young's watch. He dropped to 12-8 with the loss, but Young has a 3.33 ERA on the year. He'll try to get back in the win column Friday at the Astros.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 08:15:00 PM

Chris Young rebounded from two poor outings to hold the Rangers to two unearned runs over five innings Saturday.

Young allowed four hits, walked three and struck out six. He didn't work deep into the game, but he hardly needs to with the way the Mariners pen has been performing. It should be good enough to keep him in the rotation to face the A's next weekend. He's 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance versus Oakland this year.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 02:23:00 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed Thursday that Chris Young will remain in the team's rotation and start Saturday against the Rangers.

Young lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his last start and 3 2/3 innings in the start before that, so he appears to be wearing down late in the year, but McClendon will stick with the veteran right-hander for now. Still, he's a risky play in fantasy leagues, even against a weak Texas lineup.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that Chris Young might not make his next scheduled start.

It doesn't appear that Young is injured, but he could be wearing down after throwing his highest number of innings since 2007. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his last outing and just 3 2/3 frames in his start before that. If the Mariners do decide not to start him, Taijuan Walker and Erasmo Ramirez would be options to fill in. A decision will be made in the next couple days.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 06:46:00 PM

Chris Young allowed five runs in just two-thirds of an inning in Monday's loss to the A's.

It'd be easy to make a joke like "this really was a Labor Day for Chris Young," but we're not sure he was out on the field long enough to break a sweat. Newest A Adam Dunn blasted a two-run home run off Young, which was followed by a walk, a single, another walk and a two-run single. After Young was pulled, the Seattle bullpen allowed an RBI-single to finish off Young's line. Young was making the start on Monday having been pushed back from what should have been his turn on Friday. If the idea was to give the veteran a little rest so that he could hit the stretch run fresh, it's not off to a great start. Even after allowing five runs in a few fractions of an inning, Young's ERA is still 3.46 and his WHIP of 1.20 is rock solid. He has yet to crack 100 strikeouts for the year, but he's making it work despite his lack of raw stuff. Young's the rare crafty righty.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 06:47:00 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced Friday that Chris Young will have his next start pushed back until Monday.

Roenis Elias will get the start in his place on Saturday. It's unclear at the moment the reason for the switch, but with Young struggling his last time out they may have just wanted to give him a couple of extra days of rest. He owns a terrific 3.17 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 150 1/3 innings on the year.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 08:57:00 PM

Chris Young yielded three earned runs and lasted just 3 2/3 innings Saturday against the Red Sox.

Young struggled out of the gate, yielding runs in the first, second, and third frames before exiting with a pitch count of 93 in the bottom of the fourth. He gave up seven hits and five walks in total. The shine was due to wear off at some point for the veteran right-hander, who still has a cool 3.17 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 150 1/3 innings this year. He'll try to get back on track next week versus the Nationals.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 05:17:00 PM

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