2014 Mets Top Prospects: No. 17 Gabriel Ynoa, RHP

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17. Gabriel Ynoa

Height: 6’2”
Weight: 158 lbs.
Age: 20
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Gabriel Ynoa is a promising pitcher in the lower level of the minor league system who flies under the radar. Other than Syndergaard and Montero who are set to make their debuts this upcoming season, there’s been talk of pitchers like Fulmer and Matz who are next in line to take the reigns of top prospect status. Ynoa should be in that conversation as well. In his arsenal is a low 90’s fastball with sink, a fringy slider, and average changeup.

He may not have as high of a ceiling as Fulmer or Matz, but his pitchability is what stands out. At only age 20, Gabriel has already displayed impressive control and command of his pitches, which will only improve as he matures. He already has 135.2 innings pitched under his belt and his repeatable delivery should help him stay healthy in the future. In Savannah last season he pitched to a 2.72 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with a 106:16 K:BB ratio. His K/9 (7.0) should improve as he adds a few ticks to his fastball and both his slider and change develop some more.

Outlook: Ynoa is a type of pitcher like Rafael Montero; one who does not have the highest ceiling but should climb the system with relative ease as his already impressive control improves even further. He’ll most likely begin this upcoming season in St. Lucie and, if he shows he can handle the hitters there, could be moved to Binghamton by the end of the season. He should be able to handle the upper levels of the minors quite nicely because of his command and feel for pitching. He’s a name to keep a close eye on because if all goes well with his development, he could make his major league debut sometime in 2016. The Mets won’t waste any time promoting him because he is so advanced. His ceiling is probably a mid rotation starter; sort of like Dillon Gee with a better fastball.


25. Wilfredo Tovar, SS

24. Juan Centeno, C

23. Cory Mazzoni, RHP

22. Jeff Walters, RHP

21. Jack Leathersich, LHP

20. Luis Mateo, RHP

19. Jayce Boyd, 1B

18. Domingo Tapia, RHP

17. Gabriel Ynoa, RHP

















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  • Taskmaster4450

    It looks like a nice crop of guys when you look at Ynoa, Tapia, and Mateo.

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  • WillisReid

    It will be interesting to see the reactions when fan favorites in the rotation are traded away to make room for the next guy with a high ceiling and low price tag.

  • CThomp519

    I highly doubt they’ll skip Lucy with him and send him strait to Bingo. They just don’t do that with their pitchers.

    I think Gnoa will get himself 10-12 starts in st Lucy and if all goes well, he’ll move up the ladder. The mets really don’t need to rush any of their young arms and will continue to crank out these guys every year.

  • You’re right. That’s a mistake on my part. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • It will also be interesting to see who they get for those players.

  • Did it with Robles.

  • Peter S

    One reason I don’t think Harvey will ever see a 200million contract from the mets.

  • Jeff Roland

    not really. robles just skipped low A savv and went to high A, not AA. thats a much smaller jump than going from low A savv to AA. doubt ynoa does that

  • Lotus1209

    Robles and Ynoa arent really comparable. Ynoa is a young 20 years old and he’ll still be ahead of where Syndergaard was or roughly the same pace. He’ll start at St Lucie where he’ll make 10-15 starts like CThomp said and then make the jump when necessary.

    No way this regimen pushes the bill with Ynoa, or quite frankly any of their young upside pitchers.

  • I think the Mets will dish out the green for Harvey but if Wheeler and Syndergaard both reach their potentials as well, there’s no chance they can keep all three.

  • Tired_OF_FakeRumors

    Lets hope that in 4 to 6 years the Wilpons will have money to handle this team as a NY team.

  • Let’s hope that in 4-6 years, Jerry Seinfeld owns this team.

  • Lare Clark

    Seinfield’s going to buy the Mets! Wow!! Well, guys you heard it here first. . .

  • Adam

    This is based on what, Dickey?

  • WillisReid

    I think the idea of Harvey and $200 mm contracts are absurdly premature.

  • WillisReid

    Based on the fact that it’s only a 5 man rotation, they seem to consistantly draft pitching and most teams don’t lock up 5 starters to long term deals.

    By next year you’re looking at Harvey, Wheeler, Syn, Meija, Niese, Gee, and Colon and possibly deGrom for one starting rotation.

  • Just_Da_damaja

    Seinfeld would need to be part of a group to make that happen.

    i wonder if the other subsidaries that are connected to Citifield go away or do they stick around.

    if u scroll all the way down, someone refers to a financial statement from the mets after an audit of 2011/2012 seasons.

    scroll all the way down ==> http://forums.prosportsdaily.com/archive/index.php/t-744175.html

    so yeah, none of that is counted towards the mets financial sheet, despite the profit they make.

    check out this link.


  • Just_Da_damaja

    sad, the braves had problems selling out their stadium and they kept glavine, maddux and smoltz for eons.

    the mets? not so much

  • skyking26

    Not when Harvey is a Yankee fan and his agent is named Boras. Mets need to control their young pitchers and not allow them to see free agency if possible.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Hopefully we will get to see Ynoa in the big league in the next few years. He sounds like he could be a Gee-type pitcher.

  • skyking26

    I would be happy with any owner not named Wilpon or Katz.

  • WillisReid

    Fans need to pump the brakes on Harvey’s impending FA.

    That being said you can count the number of Boras clients who didn’t go to free agency on two fingers. Then use those those two fingers to make the number zero.

    4 years from now, I hope Harvey has been good enough for me to worry if the Mets keep him.

  • BehindTheBag

    It’s interesting with these guys who don’t have great strikeout numbers, but really command their pitches well. They’re a little harder to project. You never know if, when they get to the next level, they keep fooling hitters and keeping them off balance…or AA and AAA batters pound on their weak stuff.

    I think the Montero comp is actually not a great one. Montero, while he lacks a plus plus fastball, seems to have a tick or two more than Ynoa. So when you look at their strikeout rates in the minors, Montero has 8.4/9, while Ynoa is at 6.1/9. That’s a lot of extra outs Ynoa has to pick up on batted balls.

  • Tired_OF_FakeRumors

    That would be awsome…one can dream.

  • Adam

    Fair enough. That would be a good problem to have if we do, but pitching is always a gamble. In any case, your comment sounded a lot more negative than it meant to be, and I misunderstood!

  • Loved the work in Brooklyn and then Savannah. Interested to see how he fares in St. Lucie. However…I won’t really care until he hits Bingo.

  • vigouge

    Is Ynoa still as skinny as his height/weight suggests? Seems like as he matures he has a good chance of filling out and adding some velocity.

  • DrDooby

    Let´s worry when we get there.
    Who knows what the situation is going to be like in 2017 and 2018. Harvey will be eligible after the 2018 season. Who knows what sort of pitcher he´ll be by then.
    Wheeler & Mejia project to be eligible after 2019.
    Syndergaard & Montero won´t be eligible until after 2020 in all likelihood. There´s a lot of time to decide on who gets a long term extension and who doesn´t.
    You can easily enter extension talks with Harvey after the 2016 season and take it from there.

  • DrDooby

    Ynoa´s upside probably is Rafael Montero. Both seem to be somewhat similar – with Montero more advanced & maybe a tick harder with his fastball right now.
    In any case, Ynoa should be a fast mover due to his fine control and should be knocking on the major league door at some point in 2015…