Sept. 24, 2003
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Mike Young, who starred for the UC Santa Barbara baseball team from 1995-97, became the first former Gaucho player to collect 200 or more hits in a Major League season when he produced a pair of hits against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.
Young, a second baseman with the Rangers, played outfield and shortstop at UCSB. He was a First Team All-Big West choice in 1997 and in 1996 he helped lead the Gauchos to the NCAA Tournament.
Since becoming the full-time starter at second base for Texas, he has progressively emerged at the plate and in the field. With his 2-for-5 performance against the Athletics on Tuesday, Young now has 201 hits and is batting .309. In fact, he leads all American League second basemen in batting average, hits, triples (nine), and runs scored (105). He ranks in the top-ten among all AL players in batting average (ninth), hits (third) and runs scored (ninth). In addition to his .309 batting average, 201 hits and nine triples, Young has produced 14 home runs, 32 doubles, 70 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
On top of his offensive exploits, Young is arguably the best defensive second baseman in the AL and he is one of the favorites to win a Gold Glove at the position.