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Eric Young
Name: Eric Orlando Young Jr.
Born: May 25, 1985 in Piscataway, NJ
Junior College: Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) JC
High School: Piscataway (N.J) HS
Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: B / Throws: R
Drafted in the 30th round (887th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2003
Arizona's junior college ranks are among the nation's best, and with the notable exception of Luis Cota, a Tucson high school product, have become a popular destination for out-of-state players. 2B Eric Young Jr., son of the big leaguer, came to Arizona from a New Jersey high school after originally committing to play football at Villanova. He signed with the Rockies, who drafted him in the 30th round a year ago. He's the spitting image of his father, a 13-year major league veteran. Young has outstanding speed and has been clocked to first base in 3.9 seconds and 6.2 seconds over 60 yards. He finished second in the Arizona Community College ranks with 30 stolen bases, even though he missed half the season with an injury. A natural righthanded hitter, Young just started to switch-hit but must put the ball in play more often to take advantage of his speed. He showed he's capable of making the spectacular play at second base, but he lacks fluid middle infield actions and his hands are stiff.
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