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Austin Young talks verbal commitment to Fresno State

Buchanan catcher Austin Young gets work in during a scrimmage in late January. Young committed to Fresno State on Wednesday night. (Photo by Austin Kemp)

Buchanan High School continues to be a pipeline to Fresno State as this time it was Austin Young giving his pledge to the Bulldogs on Wednesday night. The catcher’s decision was revealed via Twitter earlier Thursday morning. 

The incoming senior felt now was the right time to pull the trigger and lock up a spot with the hometown team he’s rooted for his whole life. 

“My commitment to Fresno State is beyond words,” Young talked about. “To be able to play baseball at the collegiate level is any player’s dream. Fresno State has always been a dream of mine since going to games when I was younger with my dad. I feel like this opportunity came at a great time because after losing out of my junior season, I just kept my head down and did the work necessary to compete at the next level.”

Young will be a three-year letter winner when 2021 rolls around as he split time as the starter when he was as sophomore in 2019 before taking over full-time last season. 

You’d be hard-pressed to find other players that have the work ethic and drive of Young—who you will most likely find in a gym when he’s not on the diamond. The 185 pound catcher credits his relentless effort off of the diamond in helping form who he is between the lines.

“Being in shape is a huge deal for me, especially being a catcher. Catching will always take a toll on the body so being in shape and being able to move efficiently is very important,” Young said. “I see a lot of players skipping workouts while in season just because games are being played. In my opinion, that is the best time to be in the gym so that you can make sure you continue to maintain movements of muscles and joints that are used everyday at practice and in games. A huge part of my success comes from Brandon Bullett at Bullett Performance Training (in Clovis). He knows his stuff and has always been able to keep me feeling fresh.”

A right-handed hitter with the ability to drive the ball to right-center consistently, Young also possesses a big arm behind the dish. However, it’s his lead-by-example attitude that even further separates him from others. Coaches never have to worry if “Audi” is going about business the right way as he’s always hustling around the field wherever he’s needed at.

“I see myself as a leader on and off the field who pushes my brothers to compete at the best of their abilities,” Young explained. “I feel my strength at the plate is hitting in any situation that arises and being able to preform under pressure. Whether it’s hitting for average or power I feel I can do both. Defensively, I am able to slow the game down so I know what to do in any situation that would come up. Baseball is 90% mental and I think my strength is mental preparation so I can know what to do with the ball before each pitch is even thrown.”

Young joins Buchanan teammates Temo Becerra (Stanford), Josh Williams (UCSB), and Jett Ruby (Fresno State) who have also verbally committed to colleges and understands expectations will be high, as always, heading into next season. 

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