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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

The Mets have traded RHP Gabriel Ynoa to the Orioles for cash considerations, the team announced Friday.

With the move, the Mets' 40-man roster is at 39.

The Mets will need a 40-man roster spot when the re-signing of RH reliever Fernando Salas becomes official.

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Photo: Chris McShane
Photo: Chris McShane

The Mets' top prospect for 2017 is 21-year-old SS Amed Rosario, according an organizational Top 10 list by Baseball America..

The team recently added Rosario, RHP Marcos Molina, OF Wuilmer Becerra, RHP Chris Flexen, and Nido to their 40-man roster, which will protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft.

According to TPG Mets, no other players on BA's top 10 list are eligible.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Gavin Cecchini, Robert Gsellman
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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:03:07
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez wrap up the season after the Mets' loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2.

Gabriel Ynoa allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings but Lucas Duda's two errors on one play in the seventh opened the door for a three-run inning for the Phillies, who defeated the Mets, 5-2, in the regular-season finale on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Gabriel Ynoa struck out eight batters and gave up one run and four hits in 4 2/3 innings in a spot start in place of the injured Jacob deGrom in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field.

Ynoa, who entered Sunday's game with a 15.19 ERA in six relief outings, left the game with two outs in the fifth inning having thrown 76 pitches after surrendering a two-out single to Brian Dozier.

"He made good pitches, worked the corners of the plate, got ahead of guys," manager Terry Collins said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "(We) talked before the game, we said we'd give him two times through the lineup in his first start and see how he does."

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Jacob deGrom
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Post Game Extra: 09/18/16 00:04:43
Michael Conforto drove in a pair of runs and T.J. Rivera smacked a solo home run as the Mets completed a sweep of the Twins, 3-2.

Gabriel Ynoa pitched into the fifth inning and Michael Conforto's two-run single in the first helped the Mets complete a three-game sweep of the Twins, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

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Michael Conforto (30) reacts to striking out against the Pirates at Citi Field. Photo: Adam Hunger USA Today Sports
Michael Conforto (30) reacts to striking out against the Pirates at Citi Field. Photo: Adam Hunger USA Today Sports

The Mets will promote OF Michael Conforto, infielder Ty Kelly, RHP Gabriel Ynoa and C Kevin Plawecki when rosters expand Sept. 1, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

T.J. Rivera, who hit .289 in 13 games with the Mets this season, is not eligible to be promoted to the big leagues until 10 days after his Aug. 29 demotion to Triple-A.

Conforto, 23, who was sent down Aug. 12, is batting .450 with four home runs during his last 10 games in Las Vegas. He hit just .239 with 29 extra base hits in 84 games during two stints with the Mets this season.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Ty Kelly
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New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera celebrates with a teammate after scoring in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera celebrates with a teammate after scoring in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field (Mark J. Rebilas)

INF T.J. Rivera, OF Brandon Nimmo and RHP Gabriel Ynoa have won the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s' team-issued awards for the best player, hitter and pitcher, respectively. 

All three players have made their major league debuts with the Mets this season. 

Rivera, 27, has hit .347 (a Pacific Coast League best) with a .388 OBP and .508 SLG in 99 games with Vegas this season. The infielder, who was just sent down to make room for 2B Neil Walker, hit .314 in 11 games with the Mets. 

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New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) in the dugout during game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. The Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Mets 2-1. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) in the dugout during game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. The Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Mets 2-1. (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets have activated infielder Jose Reyes off the disabled list and called up RHP Gabriel Ynoa from Triple-A Last Vegas, the team announced Saturday. 

To make room on the roster, the team has optioned RHP Logan Verrett and infielder Matt Reynolds to Las Vegas. 

Reyes will bat leadoff and play shortstop Saturday night against the Padres. He went on the disabled list on July 30 (with a July 26 backdate) with a strained left intercostal muscle. He recorded two hits in five at-bats Friday night for the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones. 

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Feb 23, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (63) takes a throw at first base during spring training at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Barr)
Feb 23, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (63) takes a throw at first base during spring training at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Barr)

In the event the Mets need another starting pitcher, Triple-A prospect Gabriel Ynoa - and not Rafael Montero - may be next in line, according to NY Post reporter Mike Puma.

"Montero has taken a step back," a team source told Puma.

Montero, 25, appeared in 17 games for the Mets the last three seasons. He was named the Pitcher of the Week for the Pacific Coast League in early May, but is just 4-4 with a 6.13 ERA in 14 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He missed the majority of last season due to a unspecified shoulder issue.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. (Logan Bowles)
New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. (Logan Bowles)

Facing his former team for the first time, Daniel Murphy walked and scored on Anthony Rendon's two-run single in a four-run first inning against Rafael Montero in the Washington Nationals' 9-4 win over the New York Mets on Thursday.

Washington ace Max Scherzer, who no-hit the Mets in his final start last season, allowed one hit and struck out one over two innings. Scherzer also pitched a no-hitter against Pittsburgh last year.

After homering in a record six straight postseason games and helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000, Murphy left as a free agent and signed a $37.5 million, three-year contract with the Nationals.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Logan Verrett throws during spring training work out drills at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Logan Verrett throws during spring training work out drills at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets announced their pitching probables for their first two spring training games and Tuesday's intrasquad game.

Rafael Montero, Gabriel Ynoa and Jeff Walters will pitch in New York's Grapefruit League opener against the Nationals on Thursday. On Friday, Logan Verrett, Buddy Carlyle and Zack Thornton will pitch against the Marlins.

Sean Gilmartin and Robert Gsellman will start in Tuesday's intrasquad game.

Verrett, Thornton, Akeel Morris, Josh Smoker, Paul Sewald, Chase Bradford, Duane Below and Seth Lugo will also pitch on Tuesday.

Tags: Akeel Morris, Buddy Carlyle, Gabriel Ynoa, Logan Verrett, Rafael Montero, Sean Gilmartin

The minor league season begins tonight and it brings three of my Top 25 Mets prospects to the mound to make starts for their teams.

Each affiliate's starter is listed in bold.

AAA: Rafael Montero

Tags: Darin Gorski, Gabriel Ynoa, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Toby Hyde
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These two right-handed starters each have mid-rotation potential and succeeded at A-ball in a season in which they were 20 years old on Opening Day.

Just to be clear, Fulmer's best fastball and best slider are better than Ynoa's. However, Ynoa slips in front of Fulmer because he locates much better. Add these two together - Fulmer's fastball and slide and Ynoa's control and feel for a changeup - and that's a guy who would ?be a top 5 prospect in the system.

#13 ? RHP Gabriel Ynoa

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Michael Fulmer, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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The Mets named their Sterling Award winners for the organization as a whole and for each affiliate Friday. But are these guys prospects and potential big leaguers or even good big leaguers?

The Mets handed the organizational hardware to 1B Allan Dykstra, C Kevin Plawecki and RHP Gabriel Ynoa. In this case, Plawecki and Ynoa are prospects who matter.

PlaweckiThe Mets started the 22-year-old Plawecki, their supplemental first round pick in the 2012 draft in Savannah, where he hit a loud .314/.390/.494 in a pitcher's park in 65 games to earn a promotion to advanced-A after the Gnats clinched a first half title. By late May, it was clear, to those inside and outside the system, that he was ready to move. The Mets allowed him for finish the first half in Savannah and attend the SAL All-Star Game in Lakewood before departing for advanced-A and the Florida State League. In the FSL he dealt with various minor injuries including a back and usual catcher maladies like balls that hit him in places that hurt. He hit .294/.391/.392 in advanced-A, with his on-base percentage sustained by 14 HBP in 60 contests.

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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 6, Hagerstown Suns (WAS) 0

Gabriel Ynoa labored early on Thursday, but found his groove and, combined with plenty of offense, carried the Gnats to within one win of a South Atlantic League Championship.

Ynoa was a little bit tentative early, poking around the edges of the strike zone. In the first inning, he threw first pitch strikes to only one of five batters and after a double and a walk, needed a strikeout to strand two runners. He needed 33 pitches to finish the frame. Then, after a leadoff double in the second, he really started to settle in. He needed just 63 pitches or less than twice his first inning total, to shut out the Suns,?in innings two through seven while retiring 14 of the final 15 batters he faced. After the first inning, he threw first pitch strikes to 15 of 21 batters. His final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K - 96 pitches. He spotted his fastball beautifully, working down in the zone and to both edges of the plate. He threw his changeup and then followed with his heat to make the pitch play up for weak contact or strikeouts. He froze batters or induced weak contact with his slider.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Playoffs, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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A: Savannah Sand Gnats 10, Augusta GreenJackets (SF) 2?

On a warm night in Augusta, everything came up Gnats as Savannah used a six-run fifth to salt away the GreenJackets early behind a dominant pitching performance from Gabriel Ynoa.

The Gnats scored their first three runs on two RBI singles from Maikis De La Cruz and a Brandon Nimmo RBI groundout. Then, with the bases loaded in the fifth, Stefan Sabol unloaded them with a booming double to the base of the centerfield wall. Augusta starter Martin Agosta just did not have his good stuff as he was down to 86-89 by the third inning and his slider flattened out in the upper 70s. He had made three starts since returning from the disabled list and looked like a guy just out of gas.

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Yesterday, in voting by the South Atlantic managers, front offices and media, Gabriel Ynoa was selected as the a-ball League's Most Outstanding Pitcher and his Pitching Coach, Frank Viola earned Coach of the Year status.

Ynoa is third in the SAL in ERA (2.72) and first in wins (15). He has the lowest walk rate (3%) among qualified pitchers in the SAL and has fanned 19.6% of opposing batters.

Ynoa, who turned 20 on May 26th, is one of the Mets' better pitching prospects in the low minors. He has a solid pitcher's frame at 6'2", with room to add strength as he matures. He has enough fastball to pitch in the big leagues, sitting recently 90-92 although he can touch higher. His secondary offerings include a changeup and a slider. He has feel for both. The changeup began the year as his best secondary offering although recently scouts have told me they think his breaking ball can get to Major Leauge average as well. Ynoa, if everything breaks right, could profile as a league average starter in the big leagues. He's smart and has figured out to attack hitters in spacious Grayson Stadium.

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A: Savannah Sand Gnats 5, Kannapolis Intimidators (CHW) 2?

The Gnats put up a five-spot in the top of the seventh in a rally started by a couple of walks from guys at the bottom of the order. Batting with the bases loaded, CF Brandon Nimmo then singled into left field to drive home two runs to give the Gnats a 2-1 lead at the time. Nimmo was 3-for-5 with a run scored of his own and a strikeout. A ridiculous August (.393/.543/.508 in 19 games with 18 BB and 18 K) has lifted the 20-year-old's his overall line to .282/.401/.374 with 22 extra-base hits, 61 walks, and 118 strikeouts in 95 games.

Gabriel Ynoa was good enough: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. After a slight rough patch at the end of July, Ynoa (pictured) has bounced back to finish well, going 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last four starts with 16 strikeouts against just one walk in his last 26 innings while holding opponents to a .200/.209/.278 batting line. His velocity has moved around a little bit this year, but while sitting 90-92 in his last start in Savannah, a scout told me he saw three major league pitches in Ynoa's fastball, changeup and slider. Just 20 years old, Ynoa the strike-throwing Ynoa, who has walked just 14 batters all year, a rate of 2.7%, is working towards a reasonable shot at a Major League rotation future.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Reading Fightin' Phils 7, Binghamton Mets 6?

For the second time this year, the B-Mets lost a game on a walk-off wild pitch. This time the offender was Jeff Walters who blew his first save in 21 attempts, dating back to June 6. A recent scout's pithy report on Walters, "He has a chance. Nice sinker." Walters (pictured) has run a 3.9 K/BB ratio in AA (51 K/13 BB) with over a strikeout an inning (49 innings). He's a fastball slider guy, who with a fastball in the low-mid 90s, certainly profiles as a middle reliever. Walters, like deGrom, who I wrote about in AAA today, seem like extremely strong bets to be added to the Mets' 40-man roster this off-season.

LF Cory Vaughn was 2-for-5. He's bopping along at .379/.406/.724 with a double, three homers, one walk and six whiffs in eight games since his return to AA at the beginning of August. He had six homers in his first 46 games in AA this year before this run. It's interesting too that Vaughn is playing left while Travis Taijeron plays right for the B-Mets.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Baseball America has their annual "Best Tools" issue out. It has a whole bunch of Mets arms.

In Triple-A, Zack Wheeler earned the Pacific Coast League's "Best Pitching Prospect" and "Best Fastball."

In AA, Noah Syndergaard earned the same pair of awards for the Eastern League and for advanced-A St. Lucie. Also, BAa named Cesar Puello the Eastern League's "Most Exciting Player" and Binghamton Manager Pedro Lopez the League's "Best Manager Prospect."

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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 1, Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) 0

Savannah Sand Gnats' pitching has not allowed a run and just one walk in the first 18 innings of their series against the Charleston RiverDogs.

Tuesday, Gabriel Ynoa led the way: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Ynoa used his ballpark early giving up a long flyball in the first that CF Brandon Nimmo reeled in on the warning track in deep left-center field. All three hits he gave up were singles, and none were hit particularly hard. He pitched very heavily of his fastball although he showed both his slider and changeup. I do not have a specific count, but I suspect he threw many fewer changeups than Luis Cessa did on Monday night. After 76.2 innings last year for Brooklyn (plus whatever he gets credit for in extended spring training and instructional league) he is now up to 116.2 innings in 2013. Without counting the extended/instructs innings, his workload has increased by 40 innings already. Giving him credit for 30 or so innings in extended would give him some wiggle room for the duration of the year.

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A+: @ Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 5, St. Lucie Mets 1

Through six innings tonight, Domingo Tapia had allowed one unearned run on two hits without walking a batter and against six strikeouts. After getting two groundballs to start the seventh, he gave up a walk and two singles to load 'em up before departing the game up against his pitch count. All three runners he bequeathed to RHP Cody Satterwhite, making his Mets' organizational debut, scored.

As he always does when he's on, Tapia induced a bunch of groundballs, in this case, eight.

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A: Hickory Crawdads (TEX) 9, @ Savannah Sand Gnats 2?

This Hickory Crawdads team is quite seriously like no other a-ball team I, or the South Atlantic League has ever seen. They are on pace to easily surpass both the South Atlantic League's single-season homerun and strikeout records for an offense. Through 82 games, Hickory has hit 120 homers (1.5 per game) and fanned 859 times (10.5 per game). Over a full season, that's 205 homeruns and 1,466 strikeout pace. The SAL record for homers in a year is 173 and strikeouts 1,380.

Tuesday, 3B Joey Gallo, who entered the game in an 0-for-20 skid, hit a grand slam off Julian Hilario and a three-run jack off Wanel Mesa. Both were absolutely crushed to right-center, the big part of Historic Grayson Stadium. He also hit a ball to the front of the warning track against Gabriel Ynoa in his first AB that would go out of about 97% of other professional baseball stadiums. Gallo for the night: 2-for-5, 2 HR, 7 RBI. At 19 years old, Gallo now leads all of minor league baseball with 25 homeruns. He's also hitting just .233/.322/.558 overall thanks to 125 strikeouts in 78 games. He's drawn 35 walks, which is fine, but he's striking out in 38% of his plate appearances. He's big (6'5"), strong (205 lbs) with a length in his swing, and he's trying to put the ball over the wall on every swing. It's wildly entertaining to watch.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 4?

C Kevin Plawecki broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run double into right feild, scoring Jayce Boyd and Dusting Lawley who had both singled. Plawecki finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to raise his average to .387 (12-for-31) with four extra-base knocks in his first week in the FSL. He's still looking for his first walk, against four strikeouts in A+.

The 24-year-old Lawley singled and homered, his fourth in his last 10 games and his 16th of the year. He's mashing at a .395/.409/.767 clip in his last 10 games. Lawley's a useful guy to have around because he can third or left field, or even center (his collegiate position) in a pinch. However, at his age, and his all-or-nothing swing, I just do not see it working in the big leagues. He's earning his double-A look but is a poor April weighs down his overall line to .249/.302/.523.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Toby Hyde
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A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 8, Greenville Drive (BOS) 0?

RHP Gabriel Ynoa rolled through five innings. He allowed just three singles, did not allow a runner to third or a walk and fanned six. The Mets had Ynoa (pictured), who turned 20 at the end of May, on a 80-85 pitch count, and he was lifted after finishing five innings at 76 pitches. I was told there is "no way" he will throw in the SAL All-Star game, to which he was elected, on Tuesday in Lakewood. So, the Mets limited his workload. Why? Does this portend a promotion to St. Lucie in short order, or is the team just starting to manage his workload already? I was told by a scout that Ynoa was 92-95 and sitting 93-94 in his previous start, last Monday, but did not get velo on Sunday's outing. That increase in velocity from a year ago, combined with a slider and changeup will bring him a whole lot more attention by season's end. Ynoa's last six starts: 41.1 IP, 30 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 32 K. That's a 1.52 ERA and a .194 opponents' batting average (30 H/155 AB).

?1B Jayce Boyd finished up a ridiculous series against Greenville by going 2-for-2 with three walks. The 22-year-old has hit safely in his last eight games, but in the four games against the Drive, he reached base safely in 17 of 19 plate appearances as part of a 11-for-13 binge, with a triple, two homers and six walks to boost his season line to 361/.441/.494 in 65 games in the SAL. I would be shocked in Jayce Boyd did not fly directly from the SAL All-Star Game Tuesday to the Florida State League on Wednesday.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Jayce Boyd, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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A+: Sunday: @ St. Lucie Mets 8, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 2

The FSL did not play baseball on Memorial Day, which seems almost un-American.

They did play on Sunday, and Matt Bowman was sharp again: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Bowman's been great in four starts in the FSL: 27 IP, 2.57 ERA, 21 H, 4 BB, 33 K. The Princeton product has a full five-pitch arsenal, two and four seam fastballs, curve, slider and splitter, which replaced his changeup this year. There's a little bit of deception in his Tim Lincecum-like delivery. Bowman, who will turn 22 in five days, is rolling through a-ball because he throws strikes, can spin his off-speed pitches for strikes, and can out-smart hitters. His strike-throwing ability will move him up the ladder, but?there's just a really sharp limit on the ceiling on a 6' right-hander with a fastball regularly at 89-91 mph.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Matt Bowman, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ Dunedin Blue Jays 4, St. Lucie Mets 3?

Matt Bowman: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K. In three starts in advanced-A, he's allowed 13 hits, fanned 27 and walked three in 20 innings. Those are excellent numbers. In some ways, perhaps his ability to think through at-bats and set up opposing hitters plays better in advanced-A where hitters have a more refined approach than in a-ball where hitters are usually just attacking fastballs.

I'm still skeptical about Bowman long-term. The scouting report has not changed: Bowman is still a 6'0" right-hander who throws 90-91 with some deception from a Tim Lincecum-like delivery. Maybe he's a middle-reliever in the end in the big leagues.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Bowman, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 4, Brevard County Manatees (MIL) 0?

RHP Matt Bowman and LHP TJ Chism combined the one-hit shutout for St. Lucie in this matinee. Bowman made his second start for St. Lucie and was excellent: 7 iP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.

Bowman, who was Savannah's Opening Night starter, told MiLB.com:

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Bowman, Toby Hyde
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A+:?@ Fort Myers Miracle 3, St. Lucie Mets 2

Alex Panteliodis, who had been sidelined and delayed by discomfort in his shoulder, made his first start of the year. The big lefty was solid if unexceptional: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

TJ Chism issued a bases-loaded walk to force home the winning run for the Miracle, who are 22-4, six games ahead of St. Lucie at 16-10 in the FSL South.

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Mike Newman of Fangraphs saw Rainy Lara and Gabriel Ynoa last week and wrote about it. He really likes Ynoa.

His conclusion:

Lara is a decent pitching prospect, but Ynoa is the gem of the Savannah pitching staff. Look for the 19-year old to vault up Mets mid-season prospect lists and into the top eight overall by season?s end.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Gabriel Ynoa, Rainy Lara, Toby Hyde
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A+: Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 9, @ St. Lucie Mets 1?

The St. Lucie bullpen helped turn a 1-1 tie into a laugher. Domingo Tapia left in a 1-1 game in the sixth with a runner at third at two out. Wanel Mesa allowed that run to score and then the rout was on.

Tapia's line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. 7 GB/2 AO. That's good if not great. His fastball will get him to the big leagues.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Jayce Boyd, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 1, Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 0 (10 innings)

The game winning rally in the bottom of the 10th: CF Gilbert Gomez walked, C Cam Maron ground a single to right field and then 2B TJ Rivera ground a single to left field.

Domingo Tapia: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 10 groundball outs, and three flyouts. The ground balls are good, but Tapia should miss more bats with his fastball. I worry that relatively few strikeouts means opposing hitters are sitting on his fastball and making contact rather than fearing his slider at all.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Philip Evans, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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After getting burned going ga-ga over Brad Holt in Brooklyn a few years ago, I?ve become very conservative about ranking a pitching prospect coming out of the short-season league without a plus pitch or two.

 

#41 - RHP Matt Koch

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Luis Cesa, Matt Koch, Toby Hyde
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SSA: Tri-City Valley Cats (HOU) 4, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3?(11 innings)

Not a Cyclone, but 1B Jesse Wierzbicki had the first cycle in 'Cats history and hit a two-run homer in the 11th to win it. He's 23 in the New York Penn League from UNC in his second year as a professional. Feel free to forget the name.

RHP?Gabriel Ynoa had another nice start: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. I'm a fan, at least as far as a I can go with a guy with an averagish MLB fastball in the New York-Penn League. The 19-year old has a sweet looking 6.9 K/BB ratio (55 K/8 BB) in 66.2 innings and feel for throwing strikes. He should be in the Top 41 too.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Gavin Cecchini, Toby Hyde
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The Brooklyn Cyclones, who lead the New York Penn League in ERA at 2.48 had four pitchers selected to the New York-Penn League All-Star game, starters RHP Gabriel Ynoa, RHP Hansel Robles and RHP Luis Mateo and reliever LHP John Mincone.

Ynoa is third in the NYP in innings pitched, second in WHIP (0.84) and fifth in opponents' batting average (.196) and fifth in opponents' walk rate among starters (1.15 BB/9). For the year, he's 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA with 45 strikeouts against seven walks. I saw him at 90-92, touching 93 in his first start of the year, with the ability to spin a below average slider for a strike. That's plenty of stuff to succeed in the New York Penn League. He's just 19, and the Cyclones press release claims he's the "youngest starting pitcher in franchise history" so there's a little bit of projection left for him. I view him as a back-end type rotation guy if everything works out and his secondary offerings progress.

Mateo leads the New York Penn League with 67 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched, the fourth-most innings on the circuit. Among starters, Mateo has the second-highest strikeout rate (11.10 K/9) behind only teammat Rainy Lara and has the fourth-lowest walk rate (0.99 BB/9). Overall, he's 4-4 with a 2.82 ERA. I saw him at 90-95 over the course of 5.2 innings. He was mostly 92-92 with a slider that was 88-90. I, and other professionals behind home plate, had trouble even identifying the pitch. That's not a good sign. With inconsistent velocity, a full-effort delivery, and two potential plus pitches, I see a bullpen pitcher for Mateo if he ever reaches the big leagues.

Tags: Analysis, Gabriel Ynoa, Hansel Robles, Luis Mateo, Toby Hyde
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SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 1, @ Lowell Spinners (BOS) 0?

We'll start off the field, where Brandon Nimmo did not play for the second straight game. Nimmo was hit in the shoulder on Sunday and is considered "day-to-day."

On the field, Gabriel Ynoa?(pictured) was dominant: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. I saw Ynoa on Opening Night in Brookly, when he was mostly 90-91 with his fastball and touched 93. He had a below average slider, that he could spin up to the plate for a strike and showed a changeup. He has a sharp 6.4 K/BB ratio (45 K/7 BB) in nine starts in which he's allowed just 39 hits in 55 innings. At this point, Ynoa seems like a safe bet for the back half of my off-season Top 41 Mets prospects.

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SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 2, Staten Island Yankees 0?

On his first night in a Cyclones' uniform, 2011 first round pick Brandon Nimmo was upstaged by fellow teenagers Philip Evans and Gabriel Ynoa.

Ynoa needed just 63 pitches to shut out the Yankees through six innings on three hits, all singles. He did not allow a runner to third base nor did he walk a batter and struck out four.

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