Position | Pitcher
Bats/Throws | Right/Right
Born | September 24, 1991 (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic)
School | Not Available
Height | 6'7''
Weight | 210 lbs.
2008 Ranking | Not Ranked
The Oakland Athletics surprised much of the baseball world last July with the signing of Michael Ynoa. They didn't surprise because of them being active on the international front, they surprised because it took $4.25 million to get Ynoa to come to the Athletics. The usually frugal Athletics 'openened the purse strings' and went out to get the 'crown jewel' of Dominican prospects. Despite being just 16-years-old, Ynoa is listed at 6'7'' and 210 pounds. He has great mechanics and is one of the most developed pitchers for his age that many scouts have ever seen. Ynoa has a mid-90's fastball to go along with a good curveball and good change-up. He believes he can make it to the majors shortly, and although quite a few people wouldn't doubt it, I personally think he shouldn't be rushed in any way, shape, or form. The Athletics are a great organization when it comes to developing pitchers (among other things) and I trust their judgement on Ynoa and trust that they'll do what they believe is best for both he and the franchise.
2009 OutlookLevel W L ERA IP K BB WHIP FIPNot Available
Ynoa will likely begin his first year of professional baseball in 2009. He'll likely begin with the AZL Athletics but could also be with the Vancouver Canadiens in short-season ball.
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