D-backs take TCU’s Young in second round

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Diamondbacks took TCU left-hander Alex Young with their second-round pick in Monday’s MLB Draft.

Young was 9-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 16 appearances for the Horned Frogs, and he saved one of his best performances for draft day. Young gave up one run and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against Texas A&M in the final game of an NCAA Super Regional at home in Fort Worth, Texas.

"This is one of those where you watch the draft board and kind of sweat it out," D-backs scouting director Deric Ladnier said, "because the history of college lefties in really good programs, they have a tendency to go off (the road) really quick. We were just sitting there hoping he would be there."

Young, 6-feet-2 and 205 pounds, spent much of his first two seasons at TCU as a reliever before moving into the rotation this season. He features a low-90 mph fastball and two off-speed pitches that he can throw for strikes, Ladnier said, comparing him to Atlanta lefty Alex Wood. Wood gave up one run in eight innings in an 8-1 victory over the D-backs on June 1.

"He is guy we think we could get into the system and get quickly through because of his ability to throw strikes," Ladnier said.

Young, 21, spent much of his first two seasons at TCU as a reliever, but the D-backs plan to use him as a starter, Ladnier said.

"He’s a starter, absolutely," Ladnier said. "We don’t look at him as reliever. If you wanted to maybe try to get him to the big leagues quicker, I guess you could because has been a reliever before. But our intention will be as a starter."

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