Eric Orlando Young...is the son of former Rockies player Eric Young, who is currently working as the first base coach for the Arizona Diamonbacks...EY attended Chandler Gilbert (AZ) Community College before signing with the Rockies; he signed with Rockies (scout Mike Garlatti) after the club chose him as a draft-and-follow in the 30th round in 2003...he turned down a Villanova football scholarship...signed by Rockies scouts Mark Garlatti and Mike Ericson.
Opened 2017 season with Triple-A Salt Lake before a call-up to Angels on May 29...Hit .305 (104/341) with 15 doubles, five triples, eight home runs and 52 RBI in 83 games...Posted 20+ stolen bases for 12th time in minor leagues ... Hit .323 (20/62) with three doubles, three HR and 10 RBI in first 20 games with Angels (.323/.417/.516)...Four HR on season tied career best set in 2012 with Colorado...Hit game-tying home run in the eighth inning and walk-off RBI single in the 11th on June 13 vs. NYY.
Signed as free agent with Atlanta Feb. 22, 2015...Acquired by Mets in exchange for cash Aug. 22, 2015.
Spent his first full season with New York (NL), hitting .229 (64-for-280) with 10 doubles, five triples and onehome run across 100 games. Missed 22 games after being placed on the Mets' 15-day disabled list on 5/25 with a strained right ham-string. After a four-game rehabilitation stint between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, he was reinstated from the DL on 6/16. Collected his second-consecutive 30-steal season after swiping exactly 30 bases while being caught sixtimes (83%). The 30 stolen bases tied him for sixth-most in the National League. Hit leadoff in 53 games for the Mets, compiling a .224 (47-for-210) average, 11 extra-base hits, 18 stealsand 36 runs. Reached base in 20 straight games hitting leadoff from 4/5-26, the longest stretch by a Mets leadoff hitter since Jose Reyes reached in 33 consecutive games in 2008. Stole 12 bases over 23 games in April, the second-most by a Mets player in the month in franchise history(Jose Reyes, 17; 2007). Put together a .308 mark (8-for-26) in seven games at Turner Field, his highest average in any park (mini-mum 4 games). Totaled seven runs, eight hits, three RBI and six steals in Atlanta, his most in any visitingstadium. Scored a career-high four runs on 4/10 at Atlanta, ending the night 3-for-4 with a triple. Tied his careerhigh with three stolen bases and three hits in the same game. He became the first player in Mets historyto score four or more runs with three or more hits and at least three steals in a single game. Poked his only homer of the year on 5/12 at New York (AL), going 3-for-5 on the game and falling a tripleshort of the cycle. Stroked a career-high-tying three hits in back-to-back games for the second time in his career on 5/11 and5/12. He previously turned the trick on 8/6 and 8/7/12.
Acquired from the Colorado Rockies on June 18 in exchange for righthanded pitcher Collin McHugh...Hit .251 (94-374) with, 18 doubles, four triples, one home run, 26 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 91 games for the Mets...Hit .242 (40-165) with nine doubles, three triples, one home run, six RBI and eight stolen bases in 57 games before the Rockies designated him for assignment on June 12. Became the second player in franchise history to lead the NL in stolen bases...Finished with a career-best 46 to join Jose Reyes (2005-2007) as Mets stolen base champs. Set career-high totals in most offensive categories: games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, RBI, walks and stolen bases. Joined with his father, Eric Young, Sr., who had six seasons of 40 or more steals, to become the third father/son pair with 40 or more steals in a single season...Maury and Bump Wills and Bobby and Barry Bonds are the other two pairs. Stole 30 bases after the All-Star break, tied for the third most in franchise history...Jose Reyes stole franchise-most 34 in the second half of 2005. Drove in a career-best three on August 29 vs. Philadelphia...Finished with a career-high 32 RBI. Finished with 40 multi-hit games, 29 with the Mets, good for the fourth-most on the team. Had seven outfield assists, a career-best...Entered the year with two total. Made his Mets debut, June 19 at Atlanta...Singled once in four at-bats. Hit in a career high-tying eight straight, June 21-June 29, going 14-35 (.400) over this stretch. Stole a base in five straight games, July 4-8, one shy of the longest streak in Mets history...Vince Coleman had a six-game streak in May 1991 and Jose Reyes had two six-gamers, July 2005 and August 2007. Scored at least once in a career high-tying four consecutive games three times, last on August 31-September 3...Had done it four times previous. Hit a two-run home run (off Luis Mendoza) in the 11th inning to give the Mets a 4-2 win over Kansas City, August 2...It was Young's first career game-ending hit and first home run with the Mets. Stole his 100th base on September 14 vs. Miami in the second game of a doubleheader.
Spent the entire 2012 season on the Major League roster, though he missed the final month and a half of 2012 (8/21-through end of season) with a left intercostal strain. Spent the first four months of the season as a utility outfielder and pinch-hitter...did not have more than 36 at bats in anyof the season's first four months (April-July)...saw extended playing time beginning 7/31 due to Michael Cuddyer's injuryand hit .420 (29-for-69) with 5 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI and 15 runs in his final 19 games prior to the injury. From 7/31-8/19 (last game prior to injury) his 29 hits were the most in the NL during that time span and his 15 runs wereT-5th in the NL...tied a career-high with 3 hits five times, all between 7/31-8/14...had 11 multi-hit games from 7/31-8/17. Set career-high with 7 total bases 8/14 vs. MIL, going 3-for-5 with a double, home run and 2 RBI...had all 4 home runsbetween 7/8-8/15 after not homering in a MLB game since 9/8/09 (481 AB between HR). Led off game 8/8 at LAD with inside-the-park HR...was 13th inside-the-park HR in Rox history...Elias: Young's HR marksonly the 5th time in the expansion era that the first batter of a game hit an inside the park HR, and the first time inRockies history. Hit .245 (13-for-53) with 1 double, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 5 walks 12 runs as a pinch-hitter...his 13 pinch-hits were tied for2nd in the Majors...his first career pinch-hit home run came 7/8 at WAS and gave the Rockies a 4-3 win.
For the third-consecutive season, Young split the season between the Majors with Colorado and in Triple-A withColorado Springs...Young saw playing time at second base, as well as all three outfield positions with Colorado...Young received his most extended playing time in the Majors to date in 2011, as he set career-high marks in games(77), at-bats (198), runs (34), hits (49), triples (3), extra-base hits (7), RBI (10), walks (26) and stolen bases (27) in2011...additionally, Young's .342 on-base percentage and .247 batting average are new career-high marks as well...Started 42 games in 2011, including five starts at second base, 30 starts in left, five in center field and two in right field...Young's 27 stolen bases set a new career-high and led all Rockies players...Young's 27 stolen bases are the most fora Rockies player since Dexter Fowler also swiped 27 bases in 2009...Was recalled from Triple-A on two separate occasions in 2011, including on 7/22...was a member of the Rockies activeroster from 7/22-end of season...From 7/22-end of season, Young stole 23 of his 27 bases...Young's 23 stolen bases from 7/22-on were the second-mostin the NL, trailing only Michael Bourn's 26 steals...Bourn stole his 26 bases in 114 more plate appearances than it tookYoung to steal his 23 bases...Young was 27-for-31 in stolen base attempts in 2011, good for an 87.1 percent stolen base percentage...his 87.1 SBpercentage was the third-highest success rate in the NL, among players with at least 20 attempts...His 10 SB in the month of August were second in the Majors...Young's 27 steals in 2011 allowed him to move into 12th place on the Rockies all-time stolen bases list with 48...the listis topped by Eric Young Sr., who stole 180 bases in his five seasons with the Rockies...Had two 3-hit games in 2011, a 3-for-6 game 5/28 vs. STL and a 3-for-4 game 9/22 at HOU...3 hits tie his career high... Had his first two career 3-stolen base games in 2011, 8/20 vs. LAD and 9/11 vs. CIN...his two 3-steal games were themost in a single game for a Rockies player in 2011, and the most stolen bases in a single game for a Rox player sinceDexter Fowler had 5 steals on 4/27/09 vs. SD...Played 58 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs, batting .363 (81-for-223) with 18 doubles, 9 triples, 2 home runs, 28RBI and 17 steals...played second base (18 games), left field (14) and center field (33) for the Sky Sox
In what was his rookie season of 2010, Eric Young Jr. played in 51 games for the Rockies, and handledthe majority of the second base playing time late in the season...Began the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs for the second consecutive season...was recalled byColorado for the first time on 4/25 and spent 20 days on the active roster before being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his right tibia...was later trasferred to the 60-day DL in July before being reinstated and optioned back to Triple-A on 7/31...was again recalled from Colorado Springson 8/14 and would spend the remainder of the season on the Rockies active roster...Following his recall from Triple-A on 8/14, Young started 35 of the Rockies 47 games for the remainderof 2010, 31 of which at second base and four in left field...Finished the season batting .244 (42-for-172) with five doubles, a triple, no home runs, eight RBI and 17stolen bases in 51 games...batted .238 (15-for-63) from the right side and .248 (27-for-109) from the leftside...Played in a total of 37 games in the Minor in 2010, as he also played four rehab games at Double-ATulsa...hit .250 (34-for-136) with five doubles, a triple, a home run, nine RBI and 10 steals in the 37games...Finished second on the club with his 17 stolen bases in 2010, as only Carlos Gonzalez (26 steals) hadmore...his 17 steals were tied with Ian Desmond of Washington for the second-most of among NationalLeague rookies, and only Jose Tabata of Pittsburgh, who had 19 steals, had more steals than Youngamong NL rookies...though both Desmond and Tabata had at least 441 plate appearances, compared toYoung's 189...Young's 17 stolen bases are tied with Quinton McCraken for the second-most by a Rockies rookie in franchisehistory...he finised 10 steals shy of Dexter Fowler's 27 steals in 2009...Batted .291 (16-for-55) with runners on base, though his average dropped to .226 (7-for-31) with runnersin scoring position...Started 42 games as the Rockies leadoff hitter...batted .238 (39-for-164) in the leadoff spot...hit just .222(26-for-117) with none on base...Saw success in a limited role as a pinch-hitter, as he went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and two walksin seven plate appearances in the pinch...Had a career-high three hits on two separate occasions, 8/20 at ARI and 8/24 vs. ATL...stole a careerhightwo bases on 8/17 at LAD...Had 12 multi-hit games in 2010, with the Rox going 9-3 in those games.
Hit .289 (13-for-45) with one home runand 3 stolen bases for the Rox...made his MLBdebut 8/25 vs. LAD, going 1-for-4 as the club's leadoffhitter/center fielder; recorded his first career hit,a single off Clayton Kershaw...appeared in 5games in August (5-for-19), while Dexter Fowlerwas on the disabled list and Carlos Gonzalez wassidelined with injury (hand/thumb)...each of his first4 starts (first 5 games) were at CF, before makinghis remaining starts at second base...batted fromthe leadoff spot in all of his starts...was caughtstealing in each of his first 2 stolen base attempts,but then went 4-for-6 down the stretch; first multistealgame of career 9/10 vs. CIN featured his first,2nd career SB's...hit first career HR 9/8 vs. CIN; HRwas in his 26th career at-bat; his father didn't recordhis first MLB HR until his 99th at-bat on 9/18/92 at San Francisco - off Bud Black...with EY Jr.'s home run, he and his dad became the first father-son combintaionto hit home runs in a Rockies uniform...had 4-game hit streak 9/7-10 (.545, 6-for-11, 5 runsscored)...switch-hitter batted .304 vs. lefties and .206 vs. right-handers; hit his only HR off a lefty (PedroViola)...Young hit .299 (141-for-472) with 21 doubles, 10 triples, 7 home runs and 43 RBI in 119 games forthe Triple-A Sky Sox this season...he led all of Minor League Baseball with 118 runs scored at the time ofhis recall, after serving as the Sky Sox' primary leadoff hitter...at the time of his recall, he also ranked 7thin the minors with 58 steals...in the minors, he owned a .266 average (38-for-143) vs. lefties and a mark of.313 (103-for-329) against right-handed pitchers...split his time between 2B and CF this year (versatiledefender was used almost exclusively as an outfielder in the Arizona Fall League in 2008, while leading thecircuit in hitting (.430) and posting a league-best 20 stolen bases for Phoenix)...Young was named to boththe Futures Game and the Triple-A All-Star Game in 2009, where he batted leadoff and played second basefor Team USA, going 1-for-2 with a solo home run in St. Louis...he was also named the Pacific CoastLeague Rookie of the Year at season's end.
Spent his first season at the Double-A level and hit .290 (117-for-403) with 46 steals...his 46 stolen bases were the 2nd-most on the club, and 3rd-most in the Texas League...was named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team as a middle infielder...finished 2nd on the club with both his 74 runs scored and his 61 walks...his .391 on-base percentage was the 3rd best mark on the club...the switch-hit- ter batted .272 (25-for-92) off left-handed pitching and .296 (92-for-311) off right-handed pitching...spent the majority of the season as Tulsa's leadoff hitter, still batted .337 (29-for-86) with runners in scoring posi- tion...collected multiple hits in 32 games, including 5 multi-hit efforts in his last 6 game played.
Posted one of his best seasons, setting career highs in nearly every offensivecategory...batted .291 (157-for-540) with 113 runs scored, 29 doubles, 11 triples, 8 home runs, 63 RBI, and73 steals...led the California League in triples and stolen bases, while ranking second in the league in runsscored, third in hits, and fifth in games played...his 73 stolen bases were 14 shy of his career high of 87,set in 2006...his stolen bags in '07 ranked as the second-most among all minor league players...wasnamed a Post-Season All-Star...named CAL Player of the Week for July 2-8 after batting .500 (14-for-28)...compiled season-best 5 hits and 5 runs scored on July 3 at Stockton...was named the Topps CALPlayer of the Month for July after batting .358 (44-for-123) with 41 runs scored, 13 doubles, 4 triples, 18 RBI, and 21 steals
Led all of baseball with a career-high 87 stolen bases...had 18 more stolen bagsthen the next highest player in the minors...went 87-for-118 in stolen base attempts, a Tourists record forsteals in one season...led Asheville in games played (128), runs (92), hits (142), walks (67) and tied for firstin triples (6)...named to the mid-season All-Star team...voted by Asheville fans as the "Most ValuableTourist" in 2006.
Ranked second in Pioneer League with 7 triples and fourth with 25 stolenbases...among organizational leaders, ranked third in stolen bases and 10th in batting average...played 56games at second base, committing 22 errors in 315 total chances (.930)...his 22 miscues paced all PioneerLeague second baseman...reached base safely in 23 straight games from July 16-August 12
Madehis pro debut at Rookie-level Casper where he was leading the Pioneer League with 14 stolen bases (in 15attempts) when his season came to an end on July 15...Eric had his jaw broken in three places when hewas hit by a pickoff throw while diving back to second base against Great Falls...underwent season-endingsurgery on July 19.