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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
Contract: view contract details

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Jeffrey Flanagan of reports that the Royals and Chris Young have had "encouraging talks" about a new contract.
The Royals have made it known they'd like to bring Young back and the veteran right-hander indicated after the World Series that he's open to a return. The 36-year-old posted a 3.06 ERA this season between the rotation and bullpen and played a critical role during the postseason. The Royals landed him with an incentive-laden contract last winter, but his demands will understandably be higher this time around. Dec 1 - 1:05 PM

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Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are interested in re-signing Chris Young.

Young had to settle for an incentive-laden contract this spring despite a 3.65 ERA last season with the Mariners, but he figures to be a bit pricier this time around. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.06 ERA this season between the bullpen and the rotation, and was an underrated contributor during the team's World Series run. Interest figures to be there, so the Royals might go bargain-hunting elsewhere.
Nov 10 - 10:30 AM

Chris Young gave up two hits and two runs with three strikeouts and one walk in four innings Saturday in the Royals’ win over the Mets in Game 4 of the World Series.

Young kept the Royals in the game, which was all he was asked to do. Michael Conforto slugged Young’s 87 mph offering into the seats on the very first pitch of the third inning. New York added another run in the frame on a brain cramp by Alex Rios, who briefly forgot there were only two outs. The hesitance allowed Wilmer Flores to score from third base. Aside from that, Young turned in a relatively clean outing. Young only threw 58 pitches and should be available to pitch out of the bullpen if the series makes it back to Kansas City.
Nov 1 - 12:00 AM

Chris Young will start Game 4 of the World Series for the Royals.

Young threw 53 pitches in relief duty during Game 1, but manager Ned Yost has indicated that the veteran right-hander will still take the ball to start Game 4. In his appearance on Tuesday, Young struck out four across three shutout innings.
Oct 28 - 4:45 PM

Chris Young struck out four over three scoreless relief innings to pick up a victory in the Royals' extra-innings World Series Game 1 win.

Scheduled to start Game 4, Young was forced to enter in the 12th inning and allowed just one walk over his three terrific frames. He threw 53 pitches on the night, so it remains to be seen whether manager Ned Yost will still consider him on three days' rest in Game 4. Kris Medlen and Danny Duffy would seem to be the other options.
Oct 28 - 1:48 AM

Chris Young is scheduled to start Game 4 of the World Series against the Mets.

Edinson Volquez will start Game 1, Johnny Cueto will take Game 2, and Yordano Ventura will handle Game 3. Young pitched 4 2/3 effective innings in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays. And he was very good in long relief in Game 1 of the Division Series.
Oct 26 - 2:31 PM

Chris Young didn’t last five innings but was nonetheless effective Tuesday, allowing two runs over 4 2/3 frames in a 14-2 ALCS Game 4 win over the Blue Jays.

In a matchup of soft-tossers, Young outdid R.A. Dickey by a wide margin even as he failed to last long enough to pick up a victory. The tall right-hander yielded just three hits, walked two and struck out four on the day. He gave way to Luke Hochevar with two outs in the fifth following a Ben Revere single and Hochevar got Josh Donaldson to foul out to end the frame. Young has surely done enough to get a start in the World Series should the Royals make it. They’ll have a chance to close Toronto out on Wednesday with Edinson Volquez taking on Marco Estrada.
Oct 20 - 8:02 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost announced Sunday that Chris Young will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Tuesday in Toronto.

The veteran right-hander gets the call over Kris Medlen. He has appeared in just one game thus far this postseason, racking up seven strikeouts over four innings of one-run ball in relief against the Astros. He registered a terrific 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 83/43 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings in the regular season.
Oct 18 - 4:48 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are likelier to start Chris Young than Kris Medlen in Game 4 of the ALDS.

That's if they're leading the series, as they'll probably go with Yordano Ventura on short rest if they're facing elimination. Young has made only two starts since the beginning of August, as he had been moved to the bullpen. The veteran right-hander boasts a 3.18 ERA in 18 starts this season.
Oct 6 - 5:59 PM

Chris Young pitched well in earning a no-decision against the Twins on Friday, allowing one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Young struck out five and walked two on the evening. The lone run to score on his watch came via an RBI single off the bat of Aaron Hicks in the second inning. The 36-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 83/43 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings and should see some work in the postseason as the Royals try to win the AL pennant for the second straight year.
Oct 2 - 11:28 PM

Chris Young pitched well in his return to the rotation on Sunday, tossing five no-hit innings against the Indians in the win.

Young was pushed out of the rotation near the end of July, but he returned on Sunday and looked sharp. The veteran right-hander struck out two and walked one without allowing a hit. Indeed, the Indians wouldn't notch their first hit until the seventh inning. For the season, he holds a 3.15 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 117 innings (including 17 starts). A road date with the Twins awaits for his final regular season start.
Sep 27 - 5:12 PM

Chris Young will start against the Indians on Sunday.

Young spent most of the first half in the rotation, but he was moved back to the bullpen at the end of July. The veteran right-hander threw 53 innings as recently as September 6, so the Royals could get a few innings out of him.
Sep 24 - 5:23 PM

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

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

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3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
3Ramon Torres
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Raul Mondesi
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Jarrod Dyson
CF1Lorenzo Cain
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3Brett Eibner
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RF1Paulo Orlando
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DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Danny Duffy
4Kris Medlen
5Jason Vargas
6Kyle Zimmer
7Matthew Strahm
8Alec Mills
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Greg Holland
3Kelvin Herrera
4Luke Hochevar
5Louis Coleman
6Miguel Almonte
7Brian Flynn
8Tim Collins
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