G.K. Young wants to be a San Diego Padre.
Coastal Carolina University's junior designated hitter signed Monday afternoon with the Padres' organization, the same club that picked him in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball draft.
Young waited until after the College World Series to make a decision about turning pro, but he said it is what is best for him and his family.
“I just really feel like this is what I am supposed to do," he said. "I’ve thought it over and prayed about it a lot and discussed it with my family. I’ll always be a Chanticleer — it's always where I wanted to play college ball — but I’ve always dreamed of playing at the next level. This is my chance and I’m going to take it.”
In his final year as a Chanticleer, Young batted .334 with 97 hits, 18 homeruns and 70 RBIs.
The only local product on Coastal's national championship team, Young will be sorely missed next season. The Chanticleers led the country in homeruns throughout the year due in part to Young’s success at the plate.
In the deciding game of the national championship series, Young's two-run homer gave the Chanticleers just enough offense to pull out the 4-3 win.
Young will immediately fly to Arizona to undergo a physical for the Padres then be sent to Washington State to begin playing for a San Diego minor league team.