Chris Young's troubling GB/FB ratio and lack of velocity finally caught up to him in 2016, as he put up a 6.19 ERA and 1.66 WHIP on the season. The 6-10 right-hander finished the season on the DL after undergoing surgery on his bilateral core and right-side adductor in mid-October. He allowed a startling 2.8 home runs per nine innings due to his .70 GB/FB ratio and severe lack of velocity, hitting an average of about 88 on the radar gun with his fastball. The 37-year-old improved his numbers as a relief pitcher, finishing with a 4.13 ERA in 23 appearances in relief, contrasting starkly with his 7.39 ERA in 13 starts. Young's days of being a useful fantasy starter could be over, as he may spend the final season of his two-year, $11.5 million deal in the bullpen.
Young (neck) tossed a perfect inning against the Brewers on Saturday. Young returned to action after missing his last start with a sore neck, and the 37-year-old continued his solid spring. He's now sporting a 1.98 ERA across 13.2 innings. Young will primarily work out of the bullpen next season, while him and Travis Wood will also be available when the Royals need a spot starter, though it's yet to be determined who would be the first option.
Young will be held out of Wednesday's Cactus League game due to neck stiffness, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports. Young was scheduled to come out of the bullpen, which is where he'll open the regular season after losing out to Nate Karns in a battle for the final rotation spot. It's unclear whether Young or Travis Wood will be the first option when the team needs a spot starter, though Young's injury could make it a null point if he's diagnosed with something more serious than ordinary neck stiffness.
Young will start the 2017 season as part of the Royals' bullpen, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Young was in a battle for the final rotation spot with Travis Wood and Nate Karns, but the recently acquired Karns eventually won the job. The 37-year-old fared better as a reliever than a starter in 2016, and he'll head back to the bullpen to start the season, though he could earn a few spot starts throughout the year.
Young threw two scoreless inning, allowing two hits with two strikeouts and a walk in his spring debut Thursday against the Rockies. It was a solid first game back for the 37-year-old, who underwent surgery on his pelvis last October. He was never expected to miss any time, and it seems like he is still on schedule to be ready for Opening Day, where he will compete with Nathan Karns and Travis Wood for Kansas City's final rotation spot. If he isn't able to win the final rotation spot, he'll likely wind up in the bullpen, where he was more effective in 2016.
Young (pelvis) is scheduled to throw Thursday in the Royals' matchup with the Rockies, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports. The veteran hurler underwent surgery on his bilateral core and right-side adductor in October, but he seems to be all ready to go for game action. As long as he experiences no ill effects upon his return to the mound, Young will compete with Nathan Karns and Travis Wood for Kansas City's final rotation spot.