Selah Stud Carter Young Signs with Yakima Valley Pippins
Selah High School grad Carter Young, one of baseball's top amateur prospects, will be heading home this summer to play ball for the Yakima Valley Pippins in the West Coast League.
Young, currently enrolled at NCAA baseball powerhouse Vanderbilt (TN) University, was originally slated to play over the summer in the Northeast's Cape Cod League but that organization decided to shutter its season due to COVID-19 ramifications. The Pippins have reiterated that they intend to still play this summer prompting Young's decision to come home.
The last time Young played in Yakima, it was at Yakima County Stadium -- home of the Pippins -- on May 25, 2019 when Young led the Selah Vikings to a 7-1 victory over Fife to claim the Viks second WIAA 2A Baseball championship in the last four years. Young was also named the Class 2A player of the year by the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association.
In a press release dated May 9, 2020, Pippins Field Manager Kyle Krustangel gushed about Young's potential calling him "an elite player, and will be among the high end in terms of caliber across the whole league this summer.”
Statistically speaking, the kid from Selah had a profound impact on the Commodores squad in just his Freshman year. Young played in 18 games as a freshman while hitting a robust .328 from the bottom of the order, to go along with 12 RBI while scoring 10 runs as well.
The Pippins are still slated to begin play at The Orchard in Yakima County Stadium at State Fair Park when they open their season and home schedule on July 5 against the Corvallis Knights.