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Young Taken by Red Sox in MLB Draft
Young, a native of Fountain Valley, Calif., was taken in the 46th round with the draft's 1,364th pick overall. The junior completed his first season with the Flames in 2007 and was selected to the Big South All-Conference second team.
This past season, Young led the Flames and finished among the Big South leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, hits, runs scored, RBI and home runs. The 6-3, 225-lb., outfielder hit .389 with 12 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 46 RBI and 53 runs scored in 50 games. He also hit in 18 straight games, the longest hitting streak by a Liberty player this season, and capped his season by being named to the 2007 Big South All-Tournament team.
Earlier in the day, Arizona took Young's teammate, Michael Solbach, in the 19th round. Liberty has now had players selected in every Major League Baseball Draft since 1999, and 44 taken since shortstop Clay Elliot was the first Liberty player to be chosen in 1976.
Young was one of 14 Big South Conference players to be picked today in the MLB draft. The total is the second highest in conference history. The draft, which held its first five rounds on Thursday, concluded with the final 45 rounds today.