Right-handed pitcher Paul Young was signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent on August 30, 2017 out of the Frontier League where he was pitching for the Southern Illinois Miners. He was drafted in 2013 by the Cleveland Indians but opted not to sign.
He pitched the 2013 season at Central Alabama Community College where he had pitched a complete game during the 2013 NJCAA National Championship win over Palm Beach State. That game he allowed three runs on seven hits, two walks and struck out five in nine innings.
From 2014-2016 he pitched for Mississippi State, where he appeared in 12 games out of the bullpen. He allowed seven runs over seven innings pitched and struck out 12 batters. After his college days were over he signed with the Kansas City Royals as a non-drafted free agent on July 8, 2016. He appeared in only two games in 2015 before having to undergo Tommy John surgery.
After signing with the Royals, he was assigned to the Arizona League Royals to begin his professional career. He made just one appearance in the Arizona League, throwing 1 1/3 innings, striking out one batter. On July 13 he was promoted to the Idaho Falls Chukars of the Pioneer League where he struck out four batters, allowing one unearned run on three hits in five innings over four games.
After Spring Training 2017, he was released by the Royals and signed with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League. He appeared in 17 games for the Miners out of the bullpen, allowing just nine hits and walked 12 batters over 16 1/3 innings while striking out 32.