FARGO -- Baseball has been engrained into Andy Young for as long as he can remember.

"He hit his first live pitch when he was 18 months old and he hasn't put the bat down since." Jeff Young, Andy's dad said.

That bat led Young to be one of the top players West Fargo has ever produced, helping the Packers to their first state championship in 2012. Eight years later, Young is one of the top prospects in Major League Baseball, on the doorstep of making the major leagues.

Young was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 37th round in 2016 and after spending his first pro seasons with that organization, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in December of 2018. Young's 2019 was off the charts, bashing 29 home runs between Double and Triple A, driving in 81 runs.

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"Going into spring training, I will start on the same team, but you have different goals, you want to leave an impression." Andy said.

Young has left more than an impression. The Diamondbacks told the second baseman to start working on his outfield defense this offseason, a sign that they may call him up to the majors because of his prodigious bat.

Now the big leagues are a reality for Young. He was placed on the Diamondbacks 40 man roster in December, which means he's a breath away from getting the dream call.

"The 40 man roster really opened some eyes and then when you're on the major league roster, that's no longer low "A" in Iowa, people recognize that and they are so good in this area good asking questions and very knowledgeable about the game." Andy said.

"In rookie ball he was seven levels away, I was thrilled when he got to the second level. Every level has been the same, "work hard" and if can happen again that would be outstanding." Jeff said.

Outstanding is one word to describe the emotions if and when that final promotion happens.

"It will be about geography and how to get there, whether it be the little fields or big fields, the day he got drafted I'll never forget, this will be a little more than that." Jeff said.

"Don't think that it's something you think about until you get the call, then it's like where I'm going, it's a different bus and different plane that's how I'm thinking it's going to happen." Andy said.

Young arrived in Arizona this weekend, Diamondback position players officially report to camp on February 16th in Scottsdale, Arizona with the first exhibition game on Saturday, February 22nd against the Colorado Rockies.