Young with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009
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June 30, 1982 |
Los Angeles, California
|September 7, 2006 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
(through 2011 season)
|Runs batted in||81|
|Competitor for United States|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Gold||2007 Tianmu||National team|
High school years
Young attended Littlerock High School in Littlerock, California where he was a student and a four-year letterwinner in baseball. Delwyn graduated in 2000.
College years and draft
Young was drafted twice by the Atlanta Braves in 2000 (31st round) and 2001 (29th round), but did not sign as he preferred to remain in college. He was next drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 4th round of the 2002 draft and signed with them on June 12, 2002.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Young was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 4th round of the 2002 draft and signed with them on June 12, 2002. After hitting well in the Dodger rookie leagues in 2002 (.300) & 2003 (.323), Young played for the Vero Beach Dodgers in 2004, hitting .281 with 22 HRs, 85 RBIs, and 11 SBs earning Baseball America's second team Minor League All-Star honors as well as being a Florida State League All-Star at second base. In 2005, with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns he hit .296 with 16 HRs and 62 RBIs, leading to his promotion to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. He hit .325 with the 51s in 36 games the remainder of the season. While he was with the 51s, the organization decided to change his position, moving him from second base to the outfield. He spent the entire 2006 season with the 51s, hitting .273 with 18 HRs and 98 RBIs, though he had a high strikeout total with 104 strikeouts.
Young made his major league debut with the Dodgers on September 7, 2006 against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. He went hitless in one at bat. He appeared in eight games for the Dodgers in September, going hitless in five at bats as a pinch hitter. On August 3, 2007, Young made his first career start with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He recorded his first hit as a pinch hitter on August 4 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. On August 9, in his second career start, he went 4 for 4 against the Cincinnati Reds. He hit his first major league home run on September 25, off Colorado Rockies' Manny Corpas. A couple days later he hit another one off San Francisco Giants' Barry Zito.
On April 1, 2008, Young hit his first career walk-off single against San Francisco Giants pitcher Keiichi Yabu. He battled injuries the rest of the season, and had to undergo off-season surgery on his elbow  Young's attempt to rejoin the Dodgers roster for 2009 was derailed when he suffered another minor injury in spring training and he began the season on the disabled list. He was eventually traded on April 14 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two players to be named later. The Pirates sent Eric Krebs to the Dodgers on May 22, 2009, and they sent Harvey Garcia to the Dodgers on August 1, 2009, to complete the trade.
Although mostly an outfielder, Young began working with Pirates coach Perry Hill on playing second base, a position he played in the minor leagues and occasionally with the Dodgers. He finished 2009 with 16 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, 43 runs batted in, 2 stolen bases, to go along with a .266 average, a .326 on-base percentage, a .381 slugging percentage, in 354 at bats. Delwyn Young made the Pirates Opening Day roster out of spring training as a bench player in 2010. On June 8, he hit a two-run homer against Stephen Strasburg during Strasburg's first start as a big league pitcher. He was granted free agency on November 2.
On January 6, 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that Young had signed a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training. He played the entire 2011 season with the Phillies top farm team, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He became a free agent again at the end of the season.
Chicago White Sox
Delwyn's dad, Delwyn Young, Sr., played in the Cincinnati Reds organization and was drafted in 1981 by the Reds out of Belmont High School in Los Angeles. Had a fine Minor League career in the organization.
- Santa Barbara City College
- Delwyn Young Statistics - The Baseball Cube
- Dodgers' Young to have elbow surgery.
- Dodgers send Young to Pirates
- Phillies Spring Training: Michael Schwimer, 6 Others Get Invites
- Minor League Transactions: March 20-26
- Levy, Jake (July 26, 2012). "Sharks Sign Former Major Leaguer Delwyn Young".