Brandon Young could barely wake up Sunday before his phone was lighting up.
The UL senior pitcher received interest in the MLB draft Thursday, but ultimately didn't hear his name called. After a 48 hour dead period, undrafted free agency began. That's when teams began to sell themselves to Young.
"It honestly felt like the college recruiting process. But it was all in the midst of 12 hours. So it was just chaotic," Young said. "Sunday was more getting to know the (organization). Talking to their front office people. It was kinda pitching their organization, pitching their facilities, stuff like that."
About half the league called Young, but he decided to sign with the Baltimore Orioles. In part, because of Young's belief in their front office. Orioles General Manager Mike Elias spent 2012-2018 with the Houston Astros as a director of amateur scouting. Orioles pitching coordinator Chris Holt also spent time with the Astros during their run to a 2017 World Series title. Young, a Lumberton, TX native, grew up watching Houston and believes that championship impact can carry over.
"The general manager and the pitching coordinator are from the Astros couple years ago. They're implementing the same things and are expecting the same results as the Astros," Young said. "Their development in the organization is pretty good for pitchers. They're Rebuilding, up and coming and they promote their guys pretty quick. I feel like I can climb and get my shot at it."
Young enters the pros playing his best ball. His 1.09 ERA and 37 strikeouts led the Cajuns in 2020. He feels that in the O's advanced system, his game can only grow.
"I haven't had time to work with much technology, because it's pretty big in the sport of baseball now." Young explained. "They use it a lot. I'm excited to improve on that aspect as well."
There will be no minor league baseball this season, so Young is unsure of when he'll make his pro debut. But when that time comes, he'll be prepared.
"What I know for certain is I have a physical coming up. After that, it's kind of a waiting game," Young said."I'm going to stay ready. I'm going to keep throwing working out. I feel good."
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