Friday, April 7, 2017
WSC Birth Years: Michael Ynoa
Born: September 24, 1991
Michael was called the crown jewel of the Best Latino Prospects of 2008. Compared to Felix Hernandez, a bidding war broke out, with Ynoa agreeing to a deal with the New York Yankees. While that deal fell through, the Athletics emerged the victor and signed him for 4.25 million dollars, a record for the club, at that time. He appeared in three games for the AZL Athletics before needing Tommy John surgery. After the 2014 season, he was traded to the White Sox with Jeff Samardzja for Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, Rangel Ravelo and Josh Phegley.
On June 14, 2016, Ynoa made his MLB debut with the White Sox against the Detroit Tigers, in the top of the seventh inning. Michael pitched for two innings, without giving up a run. Ynoa was mostly put into games that the Pale Hose were losing, but he did come out of twenty-three games with one win, one hold and a respectable 3.00 ERA. He will be looking to improve upon that in 2017.