Andy Young has only been with Triple-A Reno for a couple of weeks, but that hasn't stopped him from making an impact in the Pacific Coast League.The D-backs' No. 11 prospect went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and four RBIs as the Aces walked off with a 10-9 win over Sacramento
Andy Young has only been with Triple-A Reno for a couple of weeks, but that hasn't stopped him from making an impact in the Pacific Coast League.
The D-backs' No. 11 prospect went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and four RBIs as the Aces walked off with a 10-9 win over Sacramento on Friday night at Greater Nevada Field. The big fly was his fourth in seven games.
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It took three pitches for Young to record his first of the night and give Reno its first lead. After Juniel Querecuto led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, he lined a 1-2 pitch from right-hander Dereck Rodriguez to center for an RBI double.
By the time the 25-year-old came up again in the third, the score was tied at 2-2. He changed that quickly, hammering a solo shot to left-center on the second pitch he saw from Rodriguez.
Young worked a four-pitch walk against reliever Ty Blach in the fifth and reached on a fielder's choice that scored Braden Shipley in the seventh. But his biggest hit came at an opportune time for the Aces -- with two outs in the eighth and the game deadlocked at 7-7.
Facing the left-handed Blach for the third time, Young lined a 1-0 offering to left for a double that scored Carlos Asuaje with the go-ahead run. It was his first four-RBI effort at Triple-A but the second time he's accomplished the feat this season -- the Indiana State product plated four runs for Double-A Jackson on June 13.
The River Cats regained the lead in the top of the ninth on RBIs by Mike Gerber and Giants No. 10 prospectChris Shaw, but Cody Decker played the hero role with one out in the bottom half as he crushed a two-run walk-off homer, his seventh of the season.
"Tonight was one of the most fun nights I've had on a baseball field, honestly," Young said. "Watching Decker hit that home run, I mean, that was special to see. You couldn't have written a movie script any better than that."
Acquired from the Cardinals as part of the Paul Goldschmidt trade in December, Young impressed in the Southern League in his inaugural season in the D-backs system. He posted a .260/.363/.453 slash line with eight homers, two triples, 15 doubles and 28 RBIs to earn a promotion to Reno in mid-June. After a brief adjustment period, Young has found his stride in the PCL and is 7-for-17 (.412) in July.
"Being recently promoted, right away there's some adjustment that you go through," Young said. "I felt like I needed that little adjustment period and then I settled down. All you want to do is help the guys and play well. I feel like lately I've been helping the team win and have been able to stick."
In his seventh league in the Minors, Young said his biggest adjustment was keeping up with Triple-A pitching, which is the toughest factor following the promotion.
"The guys are here are so good," he said. "Almost every pitcher up here has three or four pitches they can throw wherever they want. At this stage in the game, there's very few people that are here on raw talent and don't know what they're doing. Everyone here has a really good idea of what they're doing. They're refined."
Still, it seems Young has adjusted pretty well. In 18 games with the Aces, he's put up a .273/.351/.515 slash line with seven extra-base hits.
Querecuto posted a three-hit night and Decker drove in three runs, while Yasmany Tomás belted his 23rd homer, a solo shot off Blach in the sixth. D-backs No. 3 prospect Taylor Widener tied his season high with nine strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk.
The River Cats banged out 17 hits, with Giants No. 20 prospect Aramis Garcia, Joey Rickard and Zach Green racking up three apiece. Green smashed two solo homers, giving him six in eight games and 22 on the season.
Katie Woo is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiejwoo.