Matt Young (outfielder)

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Matt Young
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Young with the Mississippi Braves in 2009
Born: (1982-10-03) October 3, 1982 (age 34)
Temple, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 3, 2011, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
June 13, 2012, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .190
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 2

Matthew E. Young (born October 3, 1982) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Atlanta Braves and the Detroit Tigers.

Prior to playing professionally, Young attended Plano East Senior High School and the University of New Mexico.


University of New Mexico[edit]

In 2002, as a freshman at the University of New Mexico, he hit .385 with 17 stolen bases in 55 games, and was named the school's 2002 Male Athlete of the Year.[1] In 2003, he hit .327 with 10 stolen bases in 56 games. In 2004, he hit .381 with 16 stolen bases in 56 games. Before he could return to UNM for his senior year, Matt was signed by the Braves.[2]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

In his first professional season, Young played for the Rome Braves and hit .312 with six home runs, 52 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 114 games. The following season, he hit .274 with two home runs, 58 RBIs, and 22 stolen bases in 131 games between the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Mississippi Braves. He played for the Pelicans and Mississippi Braves again in 2007, hitting a combined .269 with one home runs, 33 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases in 98 games.

With Mississippi again in 2008, Young hit .289 with three home runs, 50 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 135 games. On June 27, 2008, he went 4-5, and set a new Southern League record of 11 consecutive hits. The previous mark of 10 consecutive hits had stood for 32 years.[3] The Mississippi Braves won the Southern League Championship in 2008,[4] and Young followed that by hitting .370 (40-for-108) with 10 doubles, three triples, one home run, and 24 RBIs in 29 games for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.

Young split 2009 between Mississippi and the Gwinnett Braves, hitting a combined .284 with five home runs, 36 RBIs, and 43 stolen bases in 137 games. He also earned his 2nd consecutive Southern League "Best Hustler" award.[5]

With Gwinnett in 2010, Young hit .300 with three home runs, 35 RBIs and 39 stolen bases in 134 games.[6]

On March 27, 2011 after performing well in the Atlanta Braves Spring Training camp, Young was informed that he had made one of the final bench spots on the major league club, placing him on the 25-man roster.[7] In the third game of the season, Young made his Major-league debut, pinch-running for Chipper Jones and scoring a run.

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On January 22, 2012, Young signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers with an invitation to Spring Training.[8] Young was released by Detroit on August 10, 2012.[9]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

On August 17, 2012, one week after being released by the Detroit Tigers, the St. Louis Cardinals signed Young to a minor league contract.

He was granted free agency by the St. Louis Cardinals on November 3, 2012.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

On November 20, 2012, he signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[10]


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