2019 stats: 83.1 IP, 7-5, 3.56 ERA, 4.81 FIP, 0.8 bWAR
2019 salary: league minimum, pre-arbitration
2020 status: 3 options remain
Introduction Part 1: His pitching in Reno was unremarkable.
“The biggest risk is that Young simply lacks the stuff to be an effective pitcher in any capacity at the MLB level.” — Michael McDermott, November 12, 2018
With the caveat that pitching for Reno is challenging for developing pitchers, among Reno starters Alex Young’s ERA ranked 8th/9th in 2018 and his ERA ranked 6th in 2019 (6 start minimum to be ranked, ERAs included starts and bullpen appearances).
He began the 2019 season in the Reno bullpen. “Young was not the Diamondbacks first choice to fill a rotation spot. He wasn’t even someone the club had thought of as a future starter entering the year.” — Jim Marshall, July 1, 2019
Introduction Part 2: He asked the right question.
Despite his many talented teammates, Alex Young asked the right question, “How am I going to ever get called up?” Four answers follow:
- He developed 5 effective pitches. Although all five are pitched against lefties and righties, he uses his fastball and cutter…