His ERA wouldn't show it, and neither would his newest trophy, for being named the National League Pitcher of the Month for June.
Young, in his second full season of Major League service and first with the San Diego Padres, flaunted a minuscule 1.17 ERA in June, the lowest in the National League over that span.
"Pitching is all about deception, keeping hitters off-balance," Young said. "I've been feeling good out there, and I hope to keep it that way. I love to compete."
The 6-foot-10 Young took the hill five times in June, tossing 30 2/3 innings and allowing just 16 hits and four earned runs.
On June 9, Young struck out a career-high 12 against the Florida Marlins. He is 7-4 with a 3.13 ERA this season.
One of Young's victories came over his former team, the Texas Rangers on June 21, when he pitched 5 1/3 frames and struck out seven. He was one of six players traded between the two clubs on Jan. 4.
Young had set the Rangers' rookie record for wins with 12 in 2005.
Other pitchers receiving votes were Milwaukee's Chris Capuano, who was 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA, Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis and closer Joe Borowski, Cincinnati's Aaron Harang and San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman.
D.C. Reeves is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.