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Chris Young | Starting Pitcher | #32

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 5/25/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'10" / 255
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Princeton
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 3 (0) / PIT
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Chris Young has been scratched from his scheduled appearance on Wednesday due to a stiff neck.
It doesn't sound like a major concern. Nate Karns was named as the Royals' fifth starter this week, so Young will begin the year in the bullpen. Mar 22 - 12:19 PM

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Chris Young will open the 2017 regular season in the Royals' bullpen.

Young pitched well as a starter this spring in Cactus League play, but the Royals are giving their final rotation spot to Nate Karns. Young will probably see starts at some point this year. For now he'll work in long relief.
Mar 20 - 12:56 PM

Chris Young tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings against the Rockies in Cactus League play on Monday.

Young gave up four hits and walked one while striking out just one batter, but the most important thing was that the managed to keep the Rockies off the board. The veteran right-hander has been decent so far this spring, but Nate Karns appears to be the favorite for the fifth starter job. Travis Wood, who is also in the mix here, gave up a two-run homer to DJ LeMahieu on Monday.
Mar 13 - 7:43 PM

Chris Young started against the Rockies on Thursday and delivered two shutout innings.

He gave up two hits, walked one and fanned two. He is working as a starter early this spring although he is likely to end up back in the bullpen. He started 13 games and worked in relief 21 times for the Royals in 2016, finishing with a woeful 6.19 ERA in 88 2/3 frames. He struck out 94 batters, which is great, but allowed a whopping 28 home runs to spoil the fun.
Mar 2 - 7:47 PM

Chris Young underwent surgery Tuesday on his bilateral core and right-side adductor.

That would be the pelvis and groin area. Young is owed $5.75 million from the Royals in 2017 after registering an ugly 6.19 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 13 starts and 21 relief appearances in 2016. He should be ready for spring training, though the 37-year-old right-hander is probably looking at a long-relief role.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 05:44:00 PM

Chris Young gave up five runs -- four earned -- in two innings of relief Monday against the A's.

After flopping as a starter, Young entered tonight with a 3.12 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 26 innings as a reliever. Still, he hasn't gotten a whole lot of work in close games. The Royals don't have a whole lot of faith in him after he gave up 26 homers in 56 innings as a starter.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:05:00 PM

Chris Young has been moved to the bullpen.

It's no surprise after Young lasted just 2 1/3 innings Tuesday against Toronto. Either Brian Flynn or Dillon Gee will start in his place Sunday against Seattle. Young carries a disappointing 6.90 ERA over 15 outings (13 starts) this year.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 06:48:00 PM

Chris Young was lit up for six runs over just 2 1/3 frames in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

He was popped for four home runs and remarkably has now surrendered 26 longballs over 60 innings this season. Young was terrific for the Royals last season, but giving him a two-year contract over the winter is now looking pretty foolish. His time in the rotation figures to be coming to an end soon, but if he gets another shot it will come against the Mariners in the final game of the first half.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016 10:00:00 PM

Chris Young walked six while allowing one run over four innings Thursday against the Cardinals.

Young surrendered just one hit on the evening, a solo home run by Brandon Moss, but his inefficiency precluded him from qualifying for his third win. With the no-decision, he remained 2-7 with a 6.24 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through 57 2/3 innings this year. An interleague date with the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday isn't much more appealing for the right-hander.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 12:06:00 AM

Chris Young was thrashed for seven earned runs in only 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

Nothing he threw was working. He walked four batters and gave up seven hits, two of which left the yard. He falls to 2-7 with a 6.54 ERA on the season. He has not been the same pitcher that went 11-6 with a 3.03 ERA last year. Young is striking out significantly more batters this year than last yet the results have been awful so far. Home runs have been the culprit as he has already given up an eye-popping 21 longballs in 53 2/3 innings after giving up 16 homers in 123 1/3 innings last year.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 11:22:00 PM

Chris Young tossed six innings of one-run ball Sunday in a no-decision against the Royals.

Kansas City won the game in the bottom of the 13th inning on walkoff RBI single from Cheslor Cuthbert. Young pitched as well as he has all season over the first six frames, yielding just three hits and a walk while striking out seven. He lowered his ERA from 6.15 to 5.61. A home start against the Astros is next.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 05:55:00 PM

Chris Young gave up two runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Indians.

Making his first start in 10 days, Young once again failed to get through five innings, the sixth time in nine starts he's fell short of qualifying for a win. The 37-year-old has a 6.15 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 45 1/3 innings. It's hard to envision the Royals continuing to run him out there as long as they've got postseason aspirations.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 11:15:00 PM

Chris Young proved ineffective in Sunday's loss to the Indians, allowing five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Four of the five runs on Young's line scored courtesy of solo home runs by Mike Napoli, Tyler Naquin, Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor. The latter three all whacked their dingers in the fifth inning. In 10 games (eight starts), Young has pitched to a tough 6.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. If the Royals give him another opportunity in the rotation, it would come on the road against the White Sox. Another start is by no means guaranteed.
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 06:48:00 PM

Royals activated RHP Chris Young from the 15-day disabled list.

The veteran right-hander will work out of the bullpen, at least initially, upon his return. He registered a troublesome 6.88 ERA in his seven starts before hitting the disabled list, so he'll have to prove his worth in long relief before he gets another shot at the starting rotation.
Sat, May 28, 2016 11:37:00 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that when Chris Young (forearm) returns from the disabled list, it will be as a reliever.

He could be activated as soon as this weekend. Yost did at that he expects Young to eventually rejoin the rotation, but for now he'll be used in long relief.
Fri, May 27, 2016 05:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Brayan Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Samir Duenez
2B1Raul Mondesi
2Whit Merrifield
3Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Billy Burns
3Terrance Gore
RF1Jorge Soler
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
3Peter O'Brien
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
6Jake Junis
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Matt Strahm
4Travis Wood
5Chris Young
6Scott Alexander
7Kevin McCarthy
8Al Alburquerque
9Brian Flynn
10Mike Minor
11Peter Moylan
12Seth Maness