My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
#16 – RHSP – Gabriel Ynoa – 21-years old – International free agent – 2009
6-2, 180 – R/R – La Vega, Dominican Republic
2010 – DSL – 14-G, 12-starts, 1.99, 0.98, 72.1-IP, 35-K
2011 – GCL/K-Port – 12-G, 7-starts, 3.21, 1.09, 56-IP, 27-K
2012 – Bklyn – 13-starts, 2.23, 0.93, 76.2-IP, 64-K
2013 – Sav – 22-starts – 2.72, 1.02, 135.2-IP, 106-K
2014 – StL/B-Mets – 25-starts, 4.07, 1.31, 148.1-IP, 106-K
Career – 5 seasons, 38-16, 3.00, 1.10
These are some quite impressive stats from a 21-year old that doesn’t seem to able to strike anyone out.
Ynoa has been 26-8 over the past two seasons and that’s a sure fire sign of a control pitcher. He never had a WHIP over 1.15 until last season and still finished the season 11-4.
He looked like he weighted around 100 pounds when he signed with the Mets, but he does have his weight up in the 180 range.
His fastball tops off at 93 though for some reason doesn’t generate a lot of strikeouts.
His number two pitch is more fastballs.
He does add to this an average changeup and a slider which still needs some work.
I don’t see him adding much more velocity but I do expect him to concentrate on his command.
This is a tough one.
For the league, I would project him as a back end starter, but the Mets just don’t have any room for Ynoa in the remainder of this decade.
That leaves the pen and I could see him someday replacing Carlos Torres.
But one thing I will tell you… I hope the Mets don’t give up on this kid. He’s a great pitcher and will win this team games.