The Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves finally completed the long-rumored Jaime Garcia trade this afternoon. Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker head from Atlanta to Minnesota, in exchange for pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa. Here’s a quick look at the newest member of the burgeoning Braves farm system
Huascar Ynoa, RHP: The Twins spent $800,000 to sign Ynoa out of the Dominican Republic in 2014. He is the younger brother of Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Ynoa. Huascar was known to scouts for years and at one time was rated as the top pitcher available on the international market for 2014-2015, although some erratic performances in the months before the July 2nd signing window opened lowered his stock a bit.
He had a fine 2016 season with a 3.18 ERA and a 51/12 K/BB in 51 innings for the Gulf Coast League Twins. As a result, Ynoa ranked 14th on the pre-season Minor League Ball Minnesota Twins Top 20 prospects list.
The early returns for 2017 are mixed: he has a 5.26 ERA in 26 innings for the Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian League with a 23/14 K/BB ratio.
Ynoa is listed at 6-3, 225 pounds, born May 28th, 1998. He was just 175 pounds when he signed back in ‘14 but has matured physically. He features a fastball at 90-95 MPH and a very good change-up, but his breaking pitch is erratic. At his best he looks like a potential number three starter but he needs more consistency with his delivery, command, and breaking ball.
At age 19 he has plenty of time to develop.