Young drafted by Indians in 21st roundPublished 10:39am Tuesday, June 11, 2013
One of Central Alabama Community College’s heroes during the 2013 JUCO World Series has heard his name called in the 2013 MLB Draft.
Freshman Paul Young was chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the 21st round.
Young originally arrived at CACC to play in the Trojan outfield. During the past season, he hit .324 and drove in 37 runs.
However, Young’s profile may have been raised after an emergency pitching appearance during the season showed the Milton, Fla. native’s potential on the mound.
After pitching during a 17-inning game for the Trojans, Young saw regular time as one of the Trojans’ arms. In 13 appearances (seven starts) for Central Alabama, Young went 5-0 on the year with two saves and a 2.84 ERA.
“Paul’s got a bright future,” CACC head baseball coach Wynn Fletcher said. “But I think if he stayed in school one more year, it would help him. He’d have a chance to sign with an SEC school, and that would dramatically raise his stock in the draft.”
According to Fletcher, the most recent message he received from Young is that he would be back for Central Alabama next season.
“He told me a couple of nights ago that he was looking forward to getting back to summer school and getting back to work,” Fletcher said.
In the JUCO World Series, he pitched two complete games for the Trojans. Both resulted in victories for Central Alabama, including the Trojans’ 7-3 victory over Palm Beach State in the national championship game.