Kyle Young was your selection as the #21 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Young received 109 of the 228 votes cast (47.8%). Arquimedes Gamboa received 34 votes (14.91%). Darick Hall received 14 votes (6.14%). No one else reached double digits. Twenty-one guys shared the other 71 votes.
The Phillies selected Kyle Young in the 22nd round of the 2016 Amateur Draft out of St. Dominic High School (Oyster Bay, NY). He signed on June 28th.
Kyle Young is a 7-foot, left-handed pitcher. He was “only” 6’10 when he was drafted. But, for such a tall pitcher, Young has a compact, easily repeatable delivery. He has an upper 80s fastball that sits 87-90 mph. But, he has an off speed pitch he described as a slurve that was virtually unhittable at the lower levels. I once saw him strike out the side on nine pitches, no foul balls or foul tips.
Young has since refined his slurve (slider movement, curve ball speed) into a true slider, added a change up, and a curve ball. I had noticed last summer that he was extending his step toward home plate. This should add the perception of increased speed on his fastball as his release point will be closer to the batter. Even just a couple mph added to his fastball will make his off speed pitches that much more effective.
Young was brought along slowly his first season in the GCL. He never reached 5.0 innings in any of his 9 appearances. He posted a 3-0 record and 2.67 ERA in 27.0 innings, walked 2 (0.7 BB9), struck out 19 (6.3 K9), and had a 0.926 WHIP.
Young pitched at Williamsport in 2017. He posted a 7-2 record and 2.77 WHIP in 13 starts. In 65.0 innings, he walked 15 (2.1 BB9), struck out 72 (10.0 K9), and had a 1.123 WHIP.
Young began 2018 in XST and wasn’t assigned to full-season Lakewood until May 18th. He made 8 starts before going on the DL on July 15th. Six weeks later he began throwing in 3 GCL rehab appearances (4 IP) and a Williamsport start (3 IP). He returned to Lakewood for one, four-inning start in September. He finished his Lakewood season with a 3-3 record and 3.10 ERA in 9 starts. In 52.1 innings, he walked 7 (1.2 BB9) and struck out 44 (7.6 K9) with a 1.103 WHIP.
I expect Young to start the season in Clearwater. I spoke with him earlier this week. He feels good and can’t wait to start throwing from the mound. He’s scheduled to begin on Thursday, the 31st.
Note that Young is part of a Long Island pipeline of prospects that the Phillies have exploited. Along with Young, the Phillies have plucked Nick Fanti, Ben Brown, and Logan O’Hoppe from the high school ranks. They all come from within a very small radius on the island.
The poll for the next prospect will be posted in a separate thread.
Here are the complete results for this poll.