Yacksel Rios

Position: RHP
Born: 06/27/93
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 185
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 12th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PHI).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
1-3 with a 1.92 ERA in 37 games between Reading (Double-A) and Lehigh Valley (Triple-A), striking out 64 and walking 14 in 56 1/3 innings, while allowing 32 hits for a .165 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Lehigh Valley on August 22 along with RHP Nick Pivetta, when RHPs Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez went on the 10-day and 60-day DLs respectively.
MLB Debut Date: 08/22/17

Debut Details
August 22, in a 7-4 loss to the Marlins in the nightcap of a doubleheader. The third of six pitchers, he struck out two and walked one in 1 2/3 hitless shutout innings. Of 22 pitches thrown, 13 were for strikes. Coming on with J.T. Realmuto on second base and one out in the fifth inning in relief of right-handed reliever Edubray Ramos, he got A.J. Ellis to ground out to second, advancing Realmuto to third, and then walked Mike Aviles before Jose Urena struck out looking on three pitches. In the sixth, he got Dee Gordon to line out to left, then struck out Giancarlo Stanton on a foul tip before retiring Christian Yelich on a line out to second base.

Player Notes
Not just the first Yacksel to play in the majors but, apparently, anywhere in professional baseball, the Puerto Rico product of Dra Conchita Cuevas High School (Gurabo, P.R.) has dominated this year between his two stops, posting a sub-2.00 ERA in both spots. In his first full year as a reliever, after coming up as a starter, it's clear that he's found a home for his high-90s fastball and improving slider. Rios, who appeared in the 2017 Eastern League All-Star Game before his promotion to Triple-A, combined for a 5.74 ERA in three stops, the Gulf Coast League (Complex), Clearwater (High A) and Reading in 2016 as he made the transition after having posted a 2.75 ERA at Clearwater in 2015, where he fanned 71 and walked 23 in 88 1/3 innings, allowing 69 hits for a .214 BAA. He's amassed a 3.69 career ERA coming into his big league debut.