Eric Young Jr. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Eric Young Jr. is the son of Rockies’ great Eric Young. Junior just turned 24 this May and has already become an All-star in the PCL. A switch hitter from New Jersey, he was without a doubt, one of the best players the Colorado Springs Sky Sox had. Recently, he was called up to the Rockies to play center field for the injured Dexter Fowler. Young Jr. usually plays second base, but has learned to play center as well since playing with the Sky Sox.
In case you’re not familiar, Young Jr. just broke the Sky Sox franchise single season record for steals set by Wayne Kirby at 51, swiping a league leading 58 in 2009. His batting average was at .299, in his first full season in the PCL, which is fairly impressive, but his league lead in runs at 118 is even more impressive. Young Jr. already set the Sky Sox single season record for runs scored early this year. The previous record was set by Phil Hiatt at 106 “in the year 2000.”
Young Jr. was also selected for the PCL Rookie of the Year award for the 2009 season. The reason he was selected is due to his his batting average, stolen base total, and league lead in runs.
Young Jr. has made a huge impact on the Sky Sox this year, and many believe he’ll soon make that same kind of impact for the Colorado Rockies. On September 8th 2009, Young Jr. recorded his first extra base hit and his first major league homerun for the Rockies. As of this writing, his batting average in the majors is at .308. The Youtube link on Eric Young Jr. is a must.