Michael Ynoa
Michael Ynoa
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Kansas City Royals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Royals in November of 2018.
Inks minor-league deal with Royals
PChicago White Sox  AAA
November 13, 2018
Ynoa signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Tuesday.
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Ynoa didn't play affiliate ball in 2018 after being cut loose by the White Sox in March. He appeared in the Dominican Winter League, however, posting a 0.87 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB through 10.1 innings. It's unclear if the deal includes an invitation to spring training at this point. Ynoa, who last pitched in the majors for the White Sox in 2017, owns a career 4.42 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 53:39 K:BB across parts of two major-league seasons (59 innings).
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .237 118 22 19 23 7 1 4
Since 2016vs Right .197 158 31 20 25 9 1 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .255 56 9 9 12 2 1 4
2017vs Right .239 85 14 13 16 6 1 0
2016vs Left .220 62 13 10 11 5 0 0
2016vs Right .150 73 17 7 9 3 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-38%
ERA on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-38%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.34 1.47 31.0 1 0 0 9.6 5.9 0.8
Since 2016Away 3.33 1.48 26.0 1 0 0 6.3 6.0 0.3
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 7.02 1.74 16.2 1 0 0 9.7 7.6 1.6
2017Away 4.38 1.70 12.1 0 0 0 3.6 5.8 0.7
2016Home 3.52 1.17 15.1 0 0 0 9.4 4.1 0.0
2016Away 2.45 1.30 14.2 1 0 0 8.6 6.1 0.0
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Despite spending six years in the minors at or below the High-A level, Ynoa climbed the ladder quickly during his age-24 season. He began the season with Double-A Birmingham, but was sent to Triple-A Charlotte after four scoreless innings in his first dose of the level. The tall right-hander struggled with control (like he had in the past), but his stellar strikeout abilities earned him a callup to the south side in June. His first couple months in the big leagues definitely posed some problems, as his 4.76 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in early August portray, although he settled down after that by allowing just four earned runs over his final 18.2 innings pitched of the season while continuing to strike out roughly a batter per inning. The young reliever even managed to walk batters at a 3.9 BB/9 pace, one of the better rates of his career. Ynoa definitely needs to command his arsenal better, but his swing-and-miss stuff could help him carve out a larger role in the White Sox's bullpen in 2017.
Ynoa received much publicity when he signed with the A’s as a 16-year-old in 2008, and he drew comps to Felix Hernandez and Pedro Martinez. However, he has yet to crack the Double-A level through his age-23 season. He spent all of 2015 at High-A as a reliever, where he posted one of the better lines of his minor league career. He struck out more than a batter per inning and posted a career-best 2.61 ERA. Still, he needs to cut down on his walks and pitch more effectively when the bases are empty. It may not be long to the majors if he stays in the bullpen and remains effective.
Ynoa, signed by the A's as a 16-year-old in 2008, has been oft injured and even when healthy, not particularly effective. He struggled in 2014 at High-A Stockton, allowing a 5.52 ERA over 45.2 innings despite a nasty 12.6 K/9. Ynoa's issues are still with control, as he allowed a 4.1 BB/9 and while that was down from his insane 7.3 BB/9 in a small sample in 2013, it is still way too high. Ynoa is now 23 years old with a 4.81 ERA over 161 minor league innings, and whatever huge hype he had as a teenager has dissipated rapidly due to injuries and performance. The strikeout rate alone will lead the A's to keep trying to develop him, but the chances that Ynoa becomes a star are pretty slim at this point.
The A's signed Ynoa to a record signing bonus when he was 16 years old, and he proceeded to miss two entire seasons with arm issues in 2009 and 2011. Ynoa had his biggest workload in 2013, throwing 75.2 innings over 21 starts between Low-A and High A. He thrived at Low-A Beloit (2.14 ERA in 54.2 innings), but struggled with a 7.71 ERA over 21 innings upon his promotion to High-A Stockton. Even with the disappointing results after the promotion, Ynoa showed flashes of the talent the A's saw when they signed him by carrying a 8.6 K/9 in 2013, but his control issues (4.2 BB/9) need to be fixed if he is ever going to fulfill the hype that surrounded him when he was signed.
Inoa is expected to pitch in the Arizona Rookie League at some point in 2009 after the A's won a well-publicized bidding war for the then 16-year-old's services. He didn't pitch at all last summer after signing, but has begun to throw for the A's at their academy down in the Dominican Republic. He's considered a once-in-a-decade talent, and the sky is considered the limit if he can stay healthy. The A's recent track record of developing pitching talent played a large role in Inoa's decision.
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Re-signs with White Sox
PChicago White Sox  AAA
October 6, 2017
Ynoa agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox.
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Outrighted to minors
PChicago White Sox  AAA
July 8, 2017
Ynoa cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.
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Designated for assignment
PChicago White Sox  AAA
July 6, 2017
The White Sox designated Ynoa for assignment Thursday.
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Activated from DL
PChicago White Sox  AAA
June 15, 2017
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Placed on DL with quad injury
PChicago White Sox  AAA
Quadriceps
June 3, 2017
Ynoa was placed on the 10-day DL with a right hip flexor strain on Saturday.
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