Friday, February 8, 2013

Meet A Prospect : Kevin Youkilis

Kevin Edmund Youkilis was born on March 15th, 1979 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Carolyn and Mike Youkilis where he later attended the University of Cincinnati. As a right handed batter with a 6'1" 220 lb frame and a rather unique stance to boot Kevin Youkilis has taken Boston and Chicago fans by storm and hopes to make the Yankees fans shout "Youk" in 2013.

Kevin was drafted in the 8th round of the 2001 MLB First Year Players Draft by the rival Boston Red Sox as a 1B/3B out of the University of Cincinnati for a meager $12,000 signing bonus. Youkilis spent parts of five different seasons in the Boston Red Sox minor league system compiling a career minor league line of .299/.442/.441 while playing in 401 minor league games. Youkilis was always considered to be an on base machine who could knock the hell out of the ball and even infuriated Athletics GM Billy Beane when the Red Sox drafted him before Beane could. Youkilis was called up in 2004 by the Sox when Bill Mueller went down with an injury and hit a home run off Pat Hentgen and the Toronto Blue Jays in his first game in the Majors. He only appeared once in the 2004 World Series run, in the ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but got his World Series ring that reversed the curse. He was on the 2007 Red Sox World Series team as well but this time as a starter at third base. 

Kevin has had more then a few accolades in his career including three All Star game appearances, two World Series rings, a Gold Glove, and the 2008 Hank Aaron Award for being the top hitter in the American League. Now he is a member of the New York Yankees after signing a one year deal worth $12 million this off season and will be looking for his third World Series ring. Welcome to the Yankees Youk, the " Euclis: The Greek God of Walks" I hope that you enjoy your stay. 

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