Michael Ynoa

Position: RHP
Born: 9/24/1991
Height: 6'7
Weight: 210
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Via trade from the Athletics on December 9, 2014, along with with RHP Jeff Samardzija for 2B Marcus Semien, RHP Chris Bassitt, C Josh Phegley and 1B Rangel Ravelo (CHW). Originally signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on July 2, 2008 (OAK).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 1-3 with a 3.90 ERA in 21 games in relief between Birmingham (Double-A) and Charlotte (Triple-A), collecting four saves and striking out 24 while walking 12 and allowing 25 hits in 27.2 IP.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Charlotte on June 14 when RHP Tyler Danish was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 6/14/2016

Debut Details
June 14, in an 11-8 loss to the Tigers. The third of four pitchers, he tossed two hitless innings, walking two and striking out two. Coming on for reliever Matt Purke in the seventh inning, he got the first batter he faced, Andrew Romine, to ground out before striking out Ian Kinsler looking. After Jose Iglesias drew a walk, the dangerous Miguel Cabrera grounded out to end the threat. In the eighth, Nick Castellanos struck out swinging before J.D. Martinez walked. However, Ynoa retired both Justin Upton and James McCann on fly outs to keep the Tigers scoreless for his outing.

Player Notes
This was actually Ynoa’s second trip to the majors; he was recalled from Birmingham the first week of the season when outfielder Adam Eaton went on paternity leave but did not get into a game before being sent back down. He was certainly not an unknown quantity, however, having signed with Oakland as a 16-year-old free agent back in 2008 for a $4.25 million bonus. However, Ynoa injured his arm almost immediately after beginning his pro career. He missed most of 2009 with elbow tendinitis and then all of 2011 following Tommy John surgery. Once he finally started getting regular reps, his results were mixed, bringing an 8-12 record and 4.37 ERA in 99 games (36 starts) into the 2016 campaign, striking out 209 in 200 innings. He can rev his fastball up to the mid-to-upper 90s with an easy delivery, and mixes in a slider and a softer curveball as well. In 2015, he posted a 2.61 ERA in 28 games, fanning 40 while walking 16 in 38 innings, but was sidelined by shoulder woes off and on all season. Fun note: Ynoa is the first player to debut in 2016 with a last name beginning with the letter Y.