06/03/2003 2:43 PM ET
Devil Rays select Delmon Young first in 2003 First-Year Player Draft
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays today announced they have selected Camarillo High School outfielder Delmon Young with the first overall pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Cam Bonifay, the Devil Rays Director of Player Personnel and Scouting, made the announcement.
Young (6-3, 205 pounds) batted .541 (33-for-61) with seven home runs, 28 RBI in 22 games as a senior this spring for Camarillo. The Camarillo, CA native missed the first five games of the season with a sprained ankle, but the team went 21-0 the rest of the regular season, after Young's return.
"We are extremely pleased to select a young player not only with outstanding ability, but also possessing a fine awareness and instinctive feel for the game," said Bonifay. "His talent is unquestionable. He is most likely one of the finest young power hitters that has been available in the draft in quite some time."
Young was named Baseball America's High School Player of the Year in 2002 and was one of only three juniors selected as first team 2002 All-Americans. As a junior, he led Camarillo to the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division I Championship with a .542 average, 17 home runs, 55 runs scored and 56 RBI. He became the first junior to be named California State Player of the Year since Eric Chavez in 1995.
Last summer at the World Junior Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, he helped lead Team USA to a bronze medal while batting .513 with a tournament-record eight home runs and 19 RBI in 38 at-bats.
The 17-year-old Young is the younger brother of Dmitri Young of the Detroit Tigers, who was an expansion draft pick of the Rays, but never played in the organization. They become the first set of brothers to be taken within the first five selections of the draft. Dmitri was the fourth player selected by the Cardinals in the 1991 draft.
The elder Young is in his eighth Major League season and has batted .300 in four seasons. He has a .296 career average and is currently batting .278 with 9 home runs and 32 RBI for the Tigers this season.