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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Brian Young looked to progress in pros; Saw five seasons, made high-A

Brian Young's hometown Lancaster Eagle-Gazette checked in on him after his first month of pro ball in July 1990.

By then, the hurler had already moved from the rookie Gulf Coast League to short-season Elmira.

"I'm really happy with the way I've progressed," Young told The Eagle-Gazette. "I think I have a little left in my arm. ... I think I'm throwing just as hard if not a little harder as I was when I left school this spring."

Young progressed to high-A the next year, but he didn't progress further. He played in five pro seasons, but fell short of AA.

Young's career began in 1990, taken by the Red Sox in the 19th round out of Ohio University.

On his way to join his new organization, the college junior Young told The Eagle-Gazette why he signed.

"I just felt the opportunities were all in my favor to sign," Young told The Eagle-Gazette. "I could get school paid for and  the price was somewhere in the ballpark where I wanted it. That was the main underlying factor there."

Young got into 16 games, starting 11 at Elmira. He went 5-5, with a 2.49 ERA. He then moved to high-A Winter Haven  for 1991. He went 5-12 there, with a 5.87 ERA.

"I was very disappointed," Young told The Eagle-Gazette of his performance at Winter Haven. "I expected to do better, but there's a lot of factors that went into it."

Young returned to Winter Haven and high-A Lynchburg. He got into 33 games, all in relief and ended with a 2.29 ERA and eight saves.

He isn't recorded as playing in 1993, then returned for four outings at Lynchburg in 1994, then eight at independent Portsmouth in 1995 to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,702
Made the Majors:1,256-33.9%
Never Made Majors:2,446-66.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:522
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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