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Miners reliever Young signed by Yankees

  • Paul Young pitches for the Miners earlier this season.

    Paul Young pitches for the Miners earlier this season.
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updated: 8/31/2017 7:10 PM

MARION -- The Southern Illinois Miners announced Wednesday the contract of right-handed reliever Paul Young was sold to the New York Yankees.

Young becomes the 50th former Miner to be picked up by a major league organization and the first member of the 2017 Miners to be signed.

Inked by the Miners after spending spring traning with the Kansas City Royals organization, the flamethrowing Young instantly became a fixture in the back end of the Miners' bullpen after the all-star break.

The right-hander pitched in 17 games for Southern Illinois this season and held opponents to just nine hits (and only two for extra bases), walking 12 and striking out 32 in 16 1/3 innings. He recorded multiple strikeouts in 11 of his 17 appearances, including three or more on five separate occasions.

The Pensacola, Florida native originally signed at Central Alabama Community College as an outfielder, but converted to a pitcher while there in 2013. He then moved on to pitch at Mississippi State University in the prestigious Southeastern Conference, and then for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2016 before being signed by the Royals for the remainder of the season last year.

"Our organization is incredibly happy for Paul and excited for what the future has in store with the Yankees," Miners manager Mike Pinto said. "He has been absolutely dominant in his time here and was a perfect fit as a Miner. He has continued to grow and get better with each appearance with us, and we have enjoyed watching that progress. With his electric arm there is no limit as to what Paul's future could be. As with all our guys, he will always remain part of the Miners Family."

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