Chris Young, Outfield, Boston Red Sox
Date of Birth: 9/5/1983
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Current Salary: $6,500,000
Chris Young, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, was first drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2001. He played in the minor leagues for the White Sox from 2002 to 2005. They then traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He continued to play in the minor leagues through most of 2006, when he joined the Diamondbacks for 30 games.
In 2007, his first full season in the major leagues, Young batted .237 with 135 hits, 29 doubles, a career high 32 home runs, 68 RBIs, and 27 stolen bases. The following year, he had career highs in hits with 155 and doubles with 42. He struggled in 2009 and the Diamondbacks sent him back to the minor leagues.
Young came back from the minor leagues with a strong season in 2010, batting a career high .257 with 150 hits, 33 doubles, 27 home runs, a career high 91 RBIs, and a career high 28 stolen bases. After weaker 2011 and 2012 seasons, the Diamondbacks traded him to the Oakland Athletics in October, 2012.
In 2013, Young, who had been a center fielder, played all three outfield positions. He batted just .200 with 67 hits in 107 games. In November, 2013, he signed a one-year, $7.25 million contract with the Mets.
Young was released by the Mets on August 15, 2014. He signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on August 27, 2014. Although he played poorly with the Mets in 2014, batting just .205 in 88 games with them, he fared much better with the Yankees, batting .282 in 23 games. He finished the 2014 season with 72 hits, 20 doubles, 38 RBIs, and a .222 batting average.
On November 8, 2014, Young signed a one-year contract with the Yankees. He finished the 2015 season with 80 hits, 20 doubles, 42 RBIs, and a .252 batting average in 140 games. Defensively, he played 55 games in left field, 15 games in center field, and 76 games in right field. In the postseason Wild Card game, he had no hits and one strikeout in two at-bats.
Young signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Red Sox on December 2, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with 56 hits and a .276 batting average in 76 games with the Red Sox. Defensively, as Boston's left fielder in 63 games, he made 87 putouts and no errors. In his one at-bat in the postseason, he walked.
Career batting statistics for Young through 2016 include:
- 1,319 games played
- 1,033 hits
- 274 doubles
- 178 home runs
- 137 stolen bases
- 552 RBIs
- 1,100 strikeouts to 479 walks
- .237 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Young as a center fielder through 2016 include:
- 950 games played
- 2,315 putouts
- 24 errors
- .990 fielding percentage