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Chris Young | Relief Pitcher | #32

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (38) / 5/25/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'10" / 255
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Princeton
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 3 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Chris Young "is working out with trainer and physical therapist" and plans to pitch in 2018.
Young was released by the Royals in late June and it sounds like he's given up hope of catching on with another team this season. However, the 38-year-old isn't ready to retire just yet. Young holds a 6.52 ERA over the last two seasons and undoubtedly will have to settle for a minor league contract. Aug 8 - 2:41 PM

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Royals released RHP Chris Young.

Young was removed from the 40-man roster Friday after the signing of Neftali Feliz and he's now officially a free agent. The 38-year-old will surely have to settle for a minor league contract if he intends on continuing his career.
Jun 25 - 8:25 AM

Royals designated RHP Chris Young for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Neftali Feliz. Young was great for the Royals in 2015 but holds a 6.52 ERA since the beginning of 2016. The 38-year-old will probably get another shot somewhere, but he looks done as far as being a successful major leaguer.
Jun 23 - 3:42 PM

Chris Young was destroyed by the Orioles in Kansas City on Sunday, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk in just 3 2/3 innings.

Young struck out three on the afternoon. His inability to keep the ball in the yard led to problems in this one, with Chris Davis and Caleb Joseph each knocking one over the boards. It's unclear if he'll stick around to make another start in the Royals' rotation or if he'll head back to the bullpen after this disaster. Either way, he should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
May 14 - 7:36 PM

Chris Young surrendered four runs over three innings against the Rays in his first start of the season Tuesday.

Young was picked over Travis Wood to fill in for Ian Kennedy, but both ended up pitching three innings tonight anyway; Wood allowed two runs after replacing Young in the fourth. Young seems likely to make at least one more start, but he's a weak choice in AL-only leagues.
May 9 - 11:51 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that he's leaning toward moving Chris Young into the rotation following Ian Kennedy's (hamstring) injury.

Young threw three innings on Wednesday, so he should be prepared to go five in his first start. It's unclear when that outing will come.
May 5 - 5:27 PM

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

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

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2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
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1B1Brandon Moss
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Raul Mondesi
2Ramon Torres
3B1Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Paulo Orlando
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
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S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Sam Gaviglio
7Eric Skoglund
8Wily Peralta
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R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Scott Alexander
6Kevin McCarthy
7Brian Flynn
8Miguel Almonte
9Andres Machado
10Eric Stout
11Timothy Hill