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Chris Young | Relief 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 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

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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

Chris Young delivered another strong outing in a no-decision against the Tigers on Sunday night, allowing just one run on three hits over six strong innings.

He punched out three on the evening and didn't issue a walk. Starting in place of the injured Jason Vargas, Young didn't miss a beat, limiting the Tigers to nothing more than an Ian Kinsler RBI single in the third inning. He has been outstanding thus far as a Royal, compiling a 0.73 ERA, 0.53 WHIP and 22/6 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. He'll look to extend his dominance when he takes on the Yankees on Friday.
May 11 - 12:41 AM

Chris Young will take the injured Jason Vargas' (elbow) spot in the Royals' rotation.

He'll start on Sunday in Detroit. Young tossed five hitless innings in a spot start versus the Tigers last week and overall has a 1.06 ERA and 16/5 K/BB ratio over 17 innings for Kansas City this season. He's certainly a downgrade from Vargas but should give the Royals some solid innings as long as he can remain healthy.
May 8 - 3:17 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
3Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Chris Young
7Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Ryan Madson
8Joe Blanton
9Brian Flynn
10Tim Collins