It appears that Minor Leaguer Chavez Young made a lasting impression on the Toronto Blue Jays’ front office this past season.
During the Blue Jays’ season-ending press conference this past week, General Manager Ross Atkins made it a point to share that the Grand Bahama native’s play with the Lansing Lugnuts, the Blue Jays’ Minor League affiliate, should not go unnoticed.
As reported by Fansided’s Clayton Richer, when Atkins was questioned on Minor Leaguers that impressed during the 2018 season, he assured that Young was one player that was not talked about enough. The comment stems from most of the attention showed to prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette.
In a tweet posted on the site from Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet, he stated, “Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins cites 21-year-old outfielder Chavez Young as a prospect who doesn’t get talked about enough. A 39th-round pick from 2016 draft, Young hit .285/.363/.445 with 44 stolen bases in 125 games at single-A Lansing this year.”
At 21-years old Young made the jump to Single-A play with the Lugnuts, where he also totaled 134 hits and eight home runs in 125 games.
The versatile outfielder showed impressive strides at the position as indicated by Richer.
“The young outfielder split time between centre and right field accumulating 15 outfield assists along with 290 putouts and a .984 fielding percentage. He was also the only player with 50 extra base hits and 40+ stolen bases in the entire minor league ranks.
In 213 professional games over parts of three seasons, Young is hitting .283/.353/.444 with 229 hits including 12 homers and 54 swipes.”
According to a recent article with the Lansing State Journal, Young appeared to be taking everything in stride and looks forward to even more success in the coming seasons.
“Coming from a late-round draft guy, I’ve just had to work for everything, I never forget that this is my dream job. I always have got to have fun doing it, no matter where I’m at. I’ve got to be even-keeled through the bad days and the good days. I’ve got to stay on that even plane always and keep having fun. The hard work will pay off,” he concluded.