After taking Dansby Swanson with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft, the D-backs went college-pitching heavy, selecting one with each of their next five picks. Young was the first in that group taken, in the second round out of TCU. The lefty made a fairly successful jump to Double-A in his second full season, finishing seventh in the system in ERA.
Young relies on a three-pitch mix and his ability to throw them for strikes, rather than any one true out pitch. His fastball is average, thrown around 91-92 mph. His breaking ball, which was more of a slider when he entered pro ball, has morphed into more of a curveball and grades out as Major League average. The lefty has worked on his changeup a lot and it's caught up to his breaking ball, giving him a third average offering. There isn't a whole lot of margin for error for Young, so his ability to command all three is important. He did a much better job of doing that down in the zone in the second half of his 2017 season.
Young did pitch out of the bullpen at times with TCU and he looked good doing so during his brief pro debut in 2015. The D-backs plan to continue to let him start and see if he can keep developing into a back-end starter, knowing the stuff would tick up a bit in shorter relief stints.
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