Gabriel Ynoa: Ynoa has been on the radar for a while. He pitched in the DSL back in 2010 and while he only had a 4.4 K/9 he managed a .982 WHIP and a 1.99 ERA. Last year in Brooklyn he led a squad of pitchers who used their exemplary control to dominate the league. Ynoa managed a 7.5 K/9 with a .926 WHIP and a 2.23 ERA. All of these stats are REALLY good but they don’t blow me away. He will be hard pressed to earn a mid-year promotion… only because he’s in a SUPER crowded field but the real challenges lie ahead in A+ and AA.
Scouting: At 6’2” and only 158 pounds I am pretty sure he needs a snack. He’s only 19 and while he could add some muscle to his lean frame I’m not sure he’s got much more than 1 MPH extra to squeeze out of his body.
Fastball: The fastball sits between 89 and 92 MPH and has decent movement. It’s said he can touch 94 MPH but none of this is truly exceptional. It’s a solid MLB pitch but like many pitchers who lack that 97+ MPH heat, he will be defined by his control and his secondary offerings.
Secondary Pitches: Currently, Ynoa is armed with a changeup and a slider. Both pitches project to be at or above MLB level offerings. The changeup is a usable pitch right now which probably led to his success in Short Season A baseball. The slider is termed “Filthy” but is also far too inconsistent to be used effectively.
ETA: Ynoa will be starting the year in the ridiculously stacked Savannah rotation. He will be pitching with Steven Matz, Luis Cessa, Hansel Robles and Rainy Lara and I wouldn’t be shocked if they all pitched well. Of the 5 pitchers to watch on the Full Season A team, Ynoa is one of the lower ceilings. He is not a very “Powerful” pitcher and doesn’t have the K-Rate to project above a #5 starter. He should be factoring into spring training by 2016.
Mets Top 20 Prospects:
15. Gabriel Ynoa, RHP (Full Season A) [2016 Rotation Race]
16. Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B (A+) [2016 1B or DH]
17. Jack Leathersich, LHP (AA) [2014 Bullpen… 2015 Closer?]
18. Cory Vaughn, OF (AA) [AAAA]
19. Jacob deGrom, RHP (AA) [2014 Bullpen]
20. Steven Matz, LHP (Full Season A) [2016 Bullpen]