A quick glance at the numbers would tell you Chris Young was a revelation for the Royals last year. His 3.06 ERA and 1.09 WHIP would have ranked in the top 20 if he had the innings to qualify. Part of the reason he was so successful, though, is because the Royals were extra careful how they used him, removing him from the starting rotation for stretches and rarely letting him go beyond six innings when he did start. As the most extreme fly-ball pitcher in the game, he doesn't allow too many singles, which keeps his WHIP low, but he does serve up home runs, which could be his downfall in the wrong environment. Since even a return to Kansas City would limit his upside because of all the restrictions he'd face, he's someone to pass up in all but the deepest of leagues.
Young and the Royals have agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million contract, Andy McCullough of the KC Star reports. The veteran, who is reportedly taking a physical in Kansas City on Monday, went 11-6 with a 3.06 ERA last season, helping the Royals to a World Series victory. Young, 36, will likely remain in a similar role to the one he saw in 2015, serving as a back-end, low-risk starter. Even at his advanced age, Young likely would have been able to command a richer or longer-term deal had it not been for his lengthy injury history. He missed all of the 2013 season before returning and posting two straight seasons with an ERA well under 4.00.
Royals pitcher Chris Young will start Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday. The 36 yuear old tossed three no-hit frames in extras Tuesday, earning the win in Game 1. He will still oppose Steven Matz on Saturday despite throwing 53 pitches, though Young will likely have a short leash, as he did in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.
Young will start Game 4 of the ALCS, VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Royals Mike Swanson reports. Young hasn't pitched much during the postseason, but when he has he's been extremely effective. In four relief innings against the Astros, the 36-year-old piled up seven strikeouts -- that figure as well as his astounding 3.06 ERA and 1.09 WHIP this season likely pushed him into the starting rotation over Kris Medlen. In his lone appearance against the Blue Jays this season, Young gave up three runs, including a home run to Edwin Encarnacion, in six innings of work.
Royals starting pitcher Chris Young tossed 6 1/3 innings on Friday, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five and not factoring into the decision in the win over Minnesota. Young made 16 of his 34 appearances in 2015 out of the pen, but showed the ability to be effective when starting games off, surrendering a single run on four hits in 11.1 innings in his final two outings, both starts. He's a safe bet to return to the bullpen for the Royals in the playoffs, but the the lanky, soft-tossing righty likely performed well enough in 2015 for a team to take a flyer on him for 2016.
Royals pitcher Chris Young earned his 11th win of the season Sunday, striking out a pair and walking just one while no-hitting the Indians through five innings. A truly special start could have been in the cards for the soft-tossing veteran, but he had been coming out of the bullpen of late and left the game after throwing just 68 pitches. Young will remain in the starting rotation to finish out the season, and he will pitch Friday against the Twins.