Young impressive in Minors start

Young impressive in Minors start

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Padres starter Chris Young was impressive in a start Monday against the Texas Rangers' high Class A Minor League affiliate Bakersfield Blaze at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Young, who did not accompany the team to China over the past week, threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, two runs (both earned) with four strikeouts and no walks.

He threw 86 pitches.

"I am getting my work in," Young said. "My command is good. It's where it needs to be. I am working on a couple of things here and there. Physically I feel good, and the velocity will come. "

Young said the fact Monday's start did not come against Major League hitters didn't affect his assessment of his outing.

"I base my judgments off the way hitters are swinging the bat," Young said. "Guys still aren't taking good swings."

Young is 1-0 in three Cactus League starts this spring with a 4.00 ERA. He's pitched nine innings and allowed six hits and four earned runs. He's struck out seven and walked three.

Catcher Michael Barrett, who is hitting .318 in 22 spring at-bats, caught Young on Monday, but did not have any plate appearances. He did throw out a runner who tried to steal on Young, who had 44 bases stolen in as many attempts when he was on the mound last year.

Geoff Grammer is a contributor for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.