YORK, PA-Former York College shortstop
Jeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) signed a
professional contract with the Kalamazoo Kings on Friday morning.
Young, a four-year starter for the green and white, just wrapped up
his Spartan career in May at the NCAA Tournament.
Young ended his Spartan career in fine fashion as he hit .375 with 52 runs scored, 30 RBI, 12 doubles, three triples, and four home runs. He started all 46 games for the green and white as he posted a team-high .474 on-base percentage and a top slugging percentage of .554. He had a team-high 93 total bases while he walked 25 times in addition to being hit by 11 pitches. He also stole eight bases and notched a fielding percentage of .940.
Young was a three-time All-CAC selection for the green and white. For his career, Young notched 231 career hits, 125 RBI, 174 runs scored, and 52 doubles. His career batting average was .359 while he recorded 337 total bases. He ranks third all time in hits, tied for fourth in doubles, fourth in total bases, second in runs scored and first in walks.
Spartan head coach Paul Saikia is happy to see Young continue his career.
“I am really happy he has been offered the chance to further his baseball career,” says Saikia. “Playing professionally is something he wanted very much and something that he worked very hard for. Jeff is such a great guy, hard worker, and conscientious young man. It’s very satisfying to see his efforts pay off and for him to get what he deserves.”
Kalamazoo plays in the independent 12-team Frontier League. The league is comprised of teams based in Ohio (Chillicothe Paints), Michigan (Kalamazoo, Traverse City Beach Bums), Illinois (Rockford RiverHawks, Southern Illinois Miners, Gateway Grizzlies, Windy City ThunderBolts), Indiana (Evansville Otters), Kentucky (Florence Freedom), Pennsylvania (Slippery Rock Sliders, Washington Wild Things), and Missouri (River City Rascals). The league was founded in June of 1993 and is now in the midst of its 15th season of competition. The league has graduated 13 players to the Major Leagues with the Cardinals’ Josh Kinney being the most recent player to earn that promotion. Current alumni in the major leagues include Kinney, Boston Red Sox reliever Brendan Donnelly, Seattle Mariner set-up man George Sherrill, and Washington National starter Jason Simontacchi.
Young is slated to join the Kings on Friday where they continue a six-game home stand against the Evansville Otters. The Kings have 30 games remaining in their regular season as they are currently 38-28, nine games back of Central Division leaders Windy City.