Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent November 10, 2015 (ATL). Originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BOS).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: 0-3 with a 3.46 ERA and 15 saves in 42 games between Mississippi (Double-A) and Gwinnett (Triple-A) with 54 strikeouts and 19 walks in 52 innings, allowing 45 hits.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Gwinnett August 7 when INF/OF Brandon Snyder was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 8/7/2016
|August 7, in a 6-3 win against the Cardinals. The third of five pitchers, he allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Of 19 pitches thrown, 14 were for strikes. He came on to start the bottom of the eighth inning with the Braves holding a 6-1 lead and got the first batter he faced, Brandon Moss, to line out to center field. Matt Holliday followed with an infield single, after which Matt Adams flied out for the second out of the inning. Jhonny Peralta followed with an RBI double, and Yadier Molina’s RBI single to left field scored Peralta. At that point, Eric O’Flaherty came on for Younginer and after throwing a wild pitch and walking a batter, he got Greg Garcia to ground out to end the inning, closing the book on Younginer.|
|It may be a cliché to say that a change of scenery may have made the difference for a player, but after getting into only two games at Triple-A in six years with the Red Sox, it took Younginer four months with his hometown Braves to get to the big leagues. After a solid 2015 campaign in which he combined to go 8-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 41 games of relief between Portland (Double-A) and Pawtucket (Triple-A) with the Sox, striking out 57 in 77 .1 IP while limiting opposing hitters to a .228 average, Younginer signed with the Braves as a minor league free agent in the offseason. A star in high school, where he was the Gatorade Player of the Year for South Carolina in 2009, he’d been inconsistent in his earlier minor league career, struggling as a starter his first three pro seasons before finding his niche in relief.|