Matt Yourkin

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Matt Yourkin was an incredible two-sport student-athlete and leader on both the football and baseball fields. As quarterback for the Indians, Yourkin was named a team captain and selected as Coaches Offensive Player of the Year during his senior campaign, but Yourkin also stood out on the baseball diamond. A three-year varsity player, he pitched and played first base for the Indians. He was a two-time Athlete of the Week selection, in addition to being named to the All State team as a senior. Yourkin was also selected for the All County and All M.E.L. teams, with his play earning him the title of Napa High Male Athlete of the Year in 1999. “Matt was an extremely hard worker and dedicated himself to being the best baseball player he could be as well as excelling in the classroom,” former Indians’ head baseball coach Mike Brown said. “He was very instrumental in helping our team reach the playoffs during his senior year.” Yourkin received a scholarship to St. Mary’s of Moraga to play for the Gaels’ club, earning a degree in health and sports management. Following his college career, Yourkin signed as a free agent with the then-Florida Marlins as a left-handed pitcher. He worked his way up to the AAA level with the organization and eventually was picked up by the San Francisco Giants, where he pitched for the Fresno Grizzlies. During the 2011 season Yourkin was selected as the Pitcher of the Year for Fresno and led the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts (145). He is currently serving as a pitching coach within the Giants organization.