BY DILLON ATKINSON, @DAtkinsonOU
The Orioles have acquired RHP Gabriel Ynoa (pronounced ya-know-ah) from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) February 10, 2017
Didn't Ynoa? Sorry, I had to.
The Orioles have acquired 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Gabriel Ynoa from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations, as you see above, posted on Twitter by the Orioles official account.
Ynoa worked as both a starter and reliever in his rookie season for the Mets in 2016, posting a 6.38 ERA (2.90 FIP) in just 18 1/3 major-league innings. He is under team control through 2022.
The Dominican-born right-hander typically works in the low-to-mid 90s with his fastball, uses a low-90s sinker to generate a good amount of groundballs, and has a good changeup. Developing an average breaking ball could be the difference on whether he has a future as a back-of-the-rotation starter or in the bullpen. As of right now, his mid-90s fastball and his ability to induce a good amount of groundballs could make him work well out of the Orioles bullpen.
John Manuel, editor of Baseball America, opines that Ynoa should slide into the Orioles' top-10 prospects list.
I'll let you decide whether this is praise for Ynoa or a knock on the Orioles thin farm system. After all, the Orioles are taking no gamble here, only sending cash considerations to New York.
Ynoa will be added to the 40-man roster. In order to make room for the 23-year-old, catcher Francisco Pena has been designated for assignment.