Eric Young, Jr. is a professional baseball player who plays as a second baseman in his home country, the United States of America. Born to Eric Young, a former professional baseball player with the Colorado Rockies franchise, Junior seemed destined to play ball in Colorado as well.
Young began his professional career in the Rockies organization at the Rookie League with the Casper Rockies. He played just 23 games in his first year and batted at just .264. The following year, he played for another season and had 63 appearances. He scored 48 runs while hitting 25 RBI and 3 home runs. Young stole 25 bases while batting at an average of .301.
2006 marked a phenomenal year for Young as he led all minor leaguers with 87 stolen bases. He hit 5 home runs in 482 at-bats along with 49 RBI while playing in the A-League with the Asheville Tourists. Young was promoted to the Advanced A-League in 2007 and playing for the Modesto Nuts, he hit 8 homers in 540 at-bats. His batting average stood at .291 as he notched up 63 RBI.
Young moved up to the AA-League with the Tulsa Drillers in 2008. He played 105 games to register his third straight season with over a 100 games, while also registering his third straight season of 400+ at-bats, with 403. Young maintained his batting average at .291 although in the Arizona Fall League, he won the batting title with a .430 batting average in that period.