Top 20 Prospects: 3. Michael Ynoa

Rank: #3
Signed: Non-Drafted Free Agent July 2, 2008
Position: Pitcher
Bats: R, Throws: R
2014 Team Projection: Stockton Ports

2013 Stats

Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SV
IP
H
ER
BB
SO
Snappers
2
1
2.14
15
15
0
54.2
45
13
18
48
Ports
1
2
7.71
7
6
1
21
23
18
17
20
Totals
3
3
3.69
22
21
1
75.2
68
31
35
68

Profile
The 22 year-old Michael Ynoa pitched more games during the 2013 season than any other season in his career.  Ynoa was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 when he was just 16 years old.  In 2010, Michael underwent Tommy John surgery and was lost for the entire 2011 season.  In 2012 he came back and pitched in 14 games between the AZL Athletics (Rookie League) and the Vermont Lake Monsters (NY-Penn League).  He was 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA in his comeback season in 12 starts.

2013 was a career year for Ynoa.  Not only did he pitch in 22 games, but he regained his command striking out 68 batters while pitching for 2 different teams.  Michael started the year with the Class A Beloit Snappers where he dominated the Midwest League.  In 15 starts, Michael compiled a record of 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA.  He was also named to the Midwest League All Star game.  In the game he pitched on scoreless inning striking out 2 All-Stars in the process.  Michael was soon promoted to High-A Stockton Ports where he would finish the season.  In 5 games Michael went 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA while battling shoulder issues.  After his return from the DL Michael picked up his 1st professional save and threw 2 scoreless innings in his final start of the season.  His final 2 outings dropped his ERA with the Ports to 7.71.

It is likely that Michael will being the 2014 campaign with the Stockton Ports.  The Oakland Athletics will want to be careful with the often injured Ynoa giving him plenty of time to strengthen his arm and prefect his command.  Michael has a lot of upside.  His fastball has been clocked consistently in the mid to high 90s.  Ynoa’s 6 foot 7 inch frame is imposing and gives him a good angle for locating his fastball down in the zone.  He has not been susceptible to the long ball as he gave up only 5 home runs in 22 starts last season.  Michael has only given up 9 home runs in 39 games in his professional career.

I was able to see Michael pitch a few times this season.  When he is healthy and locating his pitches he can be very dominant.  With the right approach by the Athletics, Ynoa will have a great career as a starter in Oakland.

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