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Andrew Douglas Yount

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Pitcher Andy Yount drew notice in high school for his fastball, which hit as high as 97 miles per hour. He was 10-0 with a 2.41 ERA as a senior, striking out 124 and allowing 46 hits in 76 innings. The first-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox (15th overall selection) in the 1995 amateur draft, Yount signed for $986,000 and began his career 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA in five starts for the GCL Red Sox, whiffing 17 in 16 innings of work. Gulf Coast League managers voted him as the #2 prospect in the league that year, ahead of Roy Halladay, Carlos Beltran and Kerry Wood and behind Chad Hermansen. Moved up to the Lowell Spinners in 1996, Yount slipped to 1-2, 6.29 and walked 38 batters in 34 innings. After the season, he shattered a glass in his hand and needed many operations, which left him out of the game for two years and resulted in a release by the Red Sox.

After tryouts showed his fastball was still humming, the Detroit Tigers signed the 22-year-old in 1999 and assigned him to the West Michigan Whitecaps. The right-hander was 2-3 with one save and a 5.61 ERA, walking 36 in 43 innings. His struggles continued with the 2000 Lakeland Tigers when he issued 15 free passes in 12 innings and had a 8.03 ERA. He retired as a pitcher with a career record of 3-6.

Deciding that pitching was not his path to success and hampered by pain, Yount approached the Tigers about a conversion to the outfield and they agreed to give him a glance. He hit .271/.381/.435 for the Oneonta Tigers in 2001 and led the club in walks (32). Andy struggled with West Michigan (.128/.232/.149, 32 K in 47 AB, 2 errors in 14 chances) and Lakeland (.154/.311/.244, 56 K in 123 AB, .917 fielding) and finished his career that year.

Sources: 1996-1997 and 2000-2003 Baseball Almanacs, "Yount's comeback attempt is way out of right field" by Mike Neagle in the 6/30/01 issue of The Daily Star

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