Its Monday and as with every Monday, we here at Mets101 will feature a member of the Mets’ farm system. This week, we look at another member of the Mets deep pitching prospect corps: Gabriel Ynoa.
Ynoa is a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher out of the Dominican Republic. He signed with the Mets organization as an international free agent in November, 2009. He has good size at 6'2, but needs to put on some serious weight moving forward as he is listed at only 158 pounds.
In his third professional season, Ynoa has been very impressive with the Mets single-A affiliate, Savannah. Ynoa has gone 15-4 with a 2.72 ERA in 22 starts on the year. He has pitched 135.2 innings and has registered 106 strikeouts to only 16 walks in his first season of A-ball.
Ynoa projects as a very interesting prospect moving forward. His fastball is already touching 93 MPH and he has advanced command for his age, as evidenced by his low walk numbers on the year. Ynoa also has some sink on his fastball to help generate groundballs for easy outs. Ynoa also has a plus change up in his repertoire. It clocks in at 82-84 MPH and has a late sink that tails in on right-handed hitters. His changeup is by far his best off-speed pitch. Ynoa also has a curveball/slider that lacks bite at this point in his career. He also has a tendency to tip the pitch off a bit and he tends to hang it from time to time.
Projection: The early returns on Ynoa are very promising. He needs to add considerable muscle to his 6'2 frame if he even wants to sniff the majors. That being said, he has fantastic command and control for a pitcher who just turned 20 years old. Adding to his frame will help prevent injuries and add velocity to his already 93 MPH fastball. He needs to work on his breaking pitch moving forward. If he can generate misses with his breaking stuff, he will have three great pitches to work with moving forward.
Ynoa is a few years away from even being considered for a major league call up but he is certainly a player worth keeping an eye on moving forward. He projects as a mid-rotation pitcher right now if and when he makes the show. As a young 20-year-old, there is plenty of room for additional growth and for a change in that projection.
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