Woodchuck Alumni Young Makes MLB Debut With The Mariners

Young is the 285th former Northwoods League player to debut in MLB

Rochester, Minn. (NWL) – Former Wisconsin Woodchuck Danny Young, made his Major League debut for the Seattle Mariners on Monday, May 9, 2022. Young is the 285th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.

Young, who played collegiately at the University of Florida, played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in 2013. He was drafted in the 8th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Blue Jays.

In 2013 with the Woodchucks, Young pitched in eight games and was 1-4 with a 4.85 ERA. He struck out 25 batters in 39.0 innings.

Young began his professional career in 2015 with the Vancouver Canadians of the Short-Season A Northwest League. He appeared in 15 games and was 1-1 with a 6.33 ERA. He struck out eight batters in 27.0 innings and walked 12.

In 2016, Young spent the season with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Lo-A Midwest League. He pitched in 21 games and was 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA. In 23.1 innings he struck out 18 batters and walked 10.

Young started the 2017 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Hi-A Florida State League. After 26 games he was promoted to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the AA Eastern League. Between the two clubs he was a combined 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 47 games. He struck out a career high 50 batters in 63.0 innings and saved four games.

Young spent the entire 2018 season back in New Hampshire and pitched in 40 games. He was 2-0 with a 4.13 ERA in 56.2 innings. He struck out 48 and saved two games.

In 2019, Young started the season in New Hampshire and then was promoted, after 29 games, to the Buffalo Bisons of the AAA International League. For the season he was a combined 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA in 38 games. He struck out 42 batters in 49.0 innings while saving three games.

Prior to the 2021 season, Young was selected by the Indians in the Rule 5 Draft and was assigned to the Columbus Clippers of the AAA East League. In 40 games with Columbus, he was 2-2 with a 4.47 ERA over 40 games. He struck out a new career-high 58 batter in 52.1 innings and walked 26.

Prior to the 2022 season Young was signed as a free agent by the Mariners. Young started the season with the Tacoma Rainiers of the AAA Pacific Coast League. In nine games he was 0-0 with a 7.00 ERA. He had 15 strikeouts in 9.0 innings and had also saved a game. In his Major League debut against the Phillies, he entered the game in relief in the 6th inning and pitched 2.1 innings allowing three hits and striking out three.

The Wausau Woodchucks 29th season starts on Monday, May 30th on the road. The team’s first home game will be Tuesday, May 31st, 2022. Gates will open at 5:35pm and first pitch is 6:35pm. Ticket packages and group ticket options are currently available for purchase. Single game tickets will go on sale in April.

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The Wausau Woodchucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, over 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. For more information, visit woodchucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rockers as your favorite team.

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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]