Pitcher Kyle Young
Kyle Young stands out (literally) among the pitchers at Williamsport this season. The 6’10 lefty said he was measured at seven feet tall during spring training. Without 2016 second-round pick Kevin Gowdy on the roster, Young is regarded as the best pitching prospect in Williamsport.
Last year in the GCL, Young worked mostly out of the bullpen, making nine appearances with two starts. He had a 2.67 ERA, 0.926 WHIP, 6.3 K/9, and 0.7 BB/9.
Young is regarded mostly as a finesse pitcher despite his size. During his start Monday night, his fastball was sitting between 86-89 mph. However, he is starting to climb into the low-90s, hitting 90 mph a couple times. Young even touched 92 at one point according to CrossCutters pitching coach Hector Berrios:
In his start Monday night, Young tossed five shutout innings, giving up just two hits and walking one batter. Young struck out six, using a mix of his fastball, self-styled slurve, and changeup.
Young’s projection is what makes him an intriguing prospect, and it’s hard not to dream on what the seven-footer could do. He’s still years away from that projection, but each step is important to follow.