June 8, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Junior right-handed pitcher Pat Young (The Woodlands, Texas) was selected in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday afternoon, as the San Francisco Giants made him the 402nd overall pick in this year's draft. Young is the 21st draft pick from Villanova since 2002 and the 64th overall pick for the Wildcats since the inception of the amateur draft.
Over the past three years Young has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the Villanova rotation. He is a true power arm who began his collegiate career with an impressive pedigree after pitching at a high level in a high school league which has produced numerous high draft picks. Young has only improved his stock with the Wildcats and has developed three quality pitches to attack opposing batters with.
Young has appeared in 42 games with 34 starts for Villanova, logging 208 2/3 innings pitched with 166 strikeouts. He is a 10-game winner with a 4.74 ERA and has allowed just five home runs to 640 batters faced. Young led the Wildcats this season with 14 games started and 76 strikeouts while ranking second on the squad with 82 1/3 innings pitched and two victories. He allowed three earned runs or less in nine of his 14 starts and faced a total of 356 batters without allowing a single home run. For his career Young has allowed no more than three earned runs in 22 of his 34 starts.
Villanova has had at least one pitcher drafted in 11 of the past 12 years and a total of 21 draft picks in that span. Of the 21 draft picks since 2002, 16 have been used to take Wildcats pitchers and Young is the fifth of those picks to be chosen in the first 20 rounds of the draft.
Young has a deep repertoire which includes a dominating fastball, hard slider and a changeup. He has consistent command of all three pitches and uses that arsenal to pitch deep into games. Young worked at least seven innings in seven of his last 11 starts this season and for his collegiate career has pitched at least seven innings on 14 occasions.
In a stretch of seven straight starts during the middle of the 2013 season Young showed how dominant he can be. He allowed just 11 earned runs in 45 2/3 innings over those seven starts and racked up 58 strikeouts while allowing just 34 hits.
Young began that stretch by allowing just three hits and striking out 11 in seven innings against Iona, then followed that outing with seven shutout innings and a career-high 18 strikeouts against Chicago State. That strikeout total was the second-highest single-game total recorded by any Division I pitcher this season and earned him a number of regional and national weekly honors. During his successful run in the middle of the season Young made six straight quality starts, including outings against BIG EAST foes Rutgers, Notre Dame and Connecticut.
NOTES: Young was the seventh player chosen from the state of Pennsylvania in the 2013 draft ... He entered the draft regarded by Baseball America as the No. 71 ranked right-handed pitcher among all eligible players in the draft, including both the collegiate and high school ranks ... Villanova has had four pitchers selected by the San Francisco Giants over the years ... Young joins Jack Grasing (10th round, 1966); Rafael Novoa (9th round, 1989); and Mike Loree (50th round, 2007) as Wildcats draft picks by San Francisco ... Villanova has three former players currently active in the minor leagues, including outfielder Matt Szczur (Chicago Cubs) and pitchers Kyle Helisek (St. Louis Cardinals) and Kyle McMyne (Cincinnati Reds).