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Huascar Ynoa
Trending: ↑ 11%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 220LBS | Age: 22

MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 0 0 5.82 9 5 0 21.2 17 1.66
2 Seasons 0 0 7.30 11 5 0 24.2 20 1.74
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 9 0-0 5.82 21.2 17 1.66
2 Seasons 11 0-0 7.30 24.2 20 1.74

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 ATL NL 16 0 0 18.00 2 0 0 3.0 6 6 6 1 1 3 2.33
2020 ATL NL 100 0 0 5.82 9 5 0 21.2 23 14 14 2 13 17 1.66
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

2020

When the Braves acquired Ynoa from the Twins in July 2017 in the Jaime Garcia deal, he had yet to reach full-season ball, a raw teenager with a ton of arm strength. Originally signed back at the start of the 2014-15 international signing period for $800,000, Ynoa has advanced through the system while seeing his stuff improve. Though he did receive his first call up to the big leagues to help out Atlanta’s bullpen, he’s still got a good amount of raw thrower in him.

Based on pure stuff and age, Ynoa belongs this high on a top 30. His fastball will sit 94-95 mph and can touch higher, and he was 97-99 mph in his shorter relief outings with Atlanta. His breaking ball still gets caught in between, though when it’s at its best it has more slider shape to it. It does flash plus, thrown 86-87 mph at times with good spin rates and more movement up-and-down than in previous years. He has feel for his changeup, though he doesn’t throw it enough, and might not need it if a move to the bullpen becomes permanent.

That’s the biggest question surrounding Ynoa and his future: His long-term role. He has the repertoire to stick in a rotation, but his command hasn’t been there consistently enough to be confident he’ll reach that ceiling. He doesn’t need pinpoint control if he gets shortened up, where his fastball-power slurve combination could tick upward.


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50

Ynoa signed with the Twins for $800,000 back in July 2014 and enjoyed some early success at the rookie levels, pitching well in that system in the Dominican Summer League in 2015 and then the Gulf Coast League in the United States the following summer. His move up to the Appalachian League was a bit more uneven, and he was traded to the Braves in July 2017 in the Jaime Garcia deal. Ynoa fared well across two levels of full-season Class A ball in his first full season with the Braves, earning a spot on the 40-man roster, then pitched his way to making his big league debut in June of 2019.

Ynoa has shown an ability to make adjustments to his delivery that has him pointing in the right direction. He's more on line and direct and is finishing consistently downhill now, rather than yanking to the glove side as he does when he gets out of sync. That's led to better command of his 93-95 mph fastball, with some feeling he'll eventually get to average overall command and control. His breaking ball gets caught in between the curve and slider, with a true slider perhaps fitting better with his profile. He has good feel for his average changeup.

Big and strong, Ynoa took a nice step in the right direction during his full-season and Braves organization debut. He could make another leap if he can continue to streamline his delivery and refine his command.


2018

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 40 | Overall: 45

The younger brother of one-time phenom Michael Ynoa, Huascar didn't quite get the $4.25 million payday his brother got from the A's in 2008, but the Twins did see enough in him to give him $800,000 to sign in 2014. A decent pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2015 turned into a fantastic United States debut in the Gulf Coast League the following season. He didn't back it up as much in 2017 with a move to the Appalachian League, but the Braves liked his arm enough to get him from the Twins in the Jaime Garcia trade just before the July non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Ynoa offers an interesting three-pitch mix -- sometimes showing a feel for how to use it for his age -- coming from a strong and durable body. He touches 94-95 mph with his fastball at times and he could get there more consistently as he gets stronger. He throws a slurvy breaking ball around 80 mph, with some thinking it might eventually evolve into a solid slider. His changeup is ahead of his breaking ball and he has a pretty good feel for it. Ynoa's delivery is still raw and he's trying to get to a point where he repeats it consistently, leading to issues in consistently finding the strike zone.

With his solid stuff and good pitcher's frame, Ynoa has all of the ingredients to be a starting pitcher. There are refinements to be made, in both command and breaking stuff, but there could be plenty more to come from this young right-hander.


2017

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45

The younger brother of one-time phenom Michael Ynoa, Huascar didn't quite get the $4.25 million payday his brother got from the A's in 2008, but the Twins did see enough in him to give him $800,000 to sign in 2014. A decent pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2015 turned into a fantastic United States debut in the Gulf Coast League the following season. He didn't back it up as much in 2017 with a move to the Appalachian League, but the Braves liked his arm enough to get him from the Twins in the Jaime Garcia trade just before the July non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Ynoa offers an interesting three-pitch mix, with an advanced feel for how to use it for his age, coming from a strong and durable body. He touched 94-95 mph with his fastball at times and he could get there more consistently as he gets stronger. He throws a slurvy breaking ball around 80 mph, with some thinking it might eventually evolve into a solid slider. His changeup is ahead of his breaking ball and he has a pretty good feel for it. Considering his delivery is still raw and he's trying to get to a point where he repeats it consistently, Ynoa is capable of throwing a lot of strikes.

With his pitchability, solid stuff and good pitcher's frame, Ynoa has all of the ingredients to be a starting pitcher. There are refinements to be made, in both command and breaking stuff, but there could be plenty more to come from this young right-hander.



Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2019 66 12 1 8.3 91.1 6.9 41.7 .309 .576 .480 .384 .455 50.0 18.8 6.3 18.00 6.64
2020 395 68 4 5.9 87.8 3.6 33.8 .275 .422 .343 .346 .360 38.2 17.0 13.0 5.82 5.61
ALL 461 80 5 6.3 88.3 4.1 35.0 .280 .445 .362 .351 .375 40.0 17.2 12.1
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/06/2020 Atlanta Braves activated RHP Huascar Ynoa.
09/26/2020 Atlanta Braves optioned RHP Huascar Ynoa to Braves Alternate Training Site.
09/10/2020 Atlanta Braves recalled Huascar Ynoa from Braves Alternate Training Site.
09/05/2020 Atlanta Braves optioned RHP Huascar Ynoa to Braves Alternate Training Site.
08/04/2020 Atlanta Braves recalled RHP Huascar Ynoa from Braves Alternate Training Site.
08/04/2020 Huascar Ynoa roster status changed by Atlanta Braves.
07/19/2020 RHP Huascar Ynoa assigned to Braves Alternate Training Site from Gwinnett Stripers.
03/06/2020 Atlanta Braves optioned RHP Huascar Ynoa to Gwinnett Stripers.
10/10/2019 Atlanta Braves activated RHP Huascar Ynoa.
10/03/2019 Atlanta Braves reassigned RHP Huascar Ynoa to the minor leagues.
09/30/2019 Atlanta Braves recalled RHP Huascar Ynoa from Gwinnett Stripers.
07/18/2019 Atlanta Braves optioned RHP Huascar Ynoa to Gwinnett Stripers.
07/15/2019 Atlanta Braves recalled Huascar Ynoa from Gwinnett Stripers.
06/20/2019 Atlanta Braves optioned RHP Huascar Ynoa to Gwinnett Stripers.
06/19/2019 Atlanta Braves recalled Huascar Ynoa from Gwinnett Stripers.
06/17/2019 Atlanta Braves optioned RHP Huascar Ynoa to Gwinnett Stripers.
06/15/2019 Atlanta Braves recalled Huascar Ynoa from Gwinnett Stripers.
05/13/2019 RHP Huascar Ynoa assigned to Gwinnett Stripers from Mississippi Braves.
04/19/2019 RHP Huascar Ynoa assigned to Mississippi Braves from Florida Fire Frogs.
04/03/2019 RHP Huascar Ynoa assigned to Florida Fire Frogs from Gwinnett Stripers.
03/08/2019 Atlanta Braves optioned RHP Huascar Ynoa to Gwinnett Stripers.
11/20/2018 Atlanta Braves selected the contract of Huascar Ynoa from Florida Fire Frogs.
07/24/2018 RHP Huascar Ynoa assigned to Florida Fire Frogs from Rome Braves.
04/05/2018 RHP Huascar Ynoa assigned to Rome Braves from Danville Braves.
07/26/2017 RHP Huascar Ynoa assigned to Danville Braves.
07/24/2017 Atlanta Braves traded cash, C Anthony Recker and Jaime Garcia to Minnesota Twins for RHP Huascar Ynoa.
06/21/2017 RHP Huascar Ynoa assigned to Elizabethton Twins from GCL Twins.
06/03/2016 RHP Huascar Ynoa assigned to GCL Twins from DSL Twins.
02/22/2015 RHP Huascar Ynoa assigned to DSL Twins.
07/02/2014 Minnesota Twins signed free agent RHP Huascar Ynoa to a minor league contract.