Long, lean frame; long, loose arm action. Ball comes out free and easy. Repeats his release point and mechanics despite a long delivery.
St. Lucie Mets (High A, Mets)
Number 3/4 Starter
Easy velocity, does not have to sell out for velocity. Little movement on fastball. Command was erratic, but with consistent mechanics and arm action, he should be able to improve.
Hard sweeping break; more horizontal than vertical; not a big break. Average command. Will be a good pitch against right-handed hitters; froze many right-handed batters when started at their hip and breaking over the plate. Also used as a chase pitch with two strikes. Left-handed hitters were able to square it up unless he buried it down at their feet.
Below-average pitch that he just started throwing. 12-6 action, but break is not sharp. Throws it for strikes, but very hittable when up in the zone. Telegraphs it in order to get on top of the pitch.
Change-up was inconsistent on this day, but he flashed a few extremely good ones, which means he can do it. With long, quick arm, the change of velocity keeps hitters off balance with ease. Command was off during this start, but he missed down in the dirt with it rather than up, which kept it safe. When he threw it well, it featured good arm-side fade. Potential above-average pitch.
Ynoa struggled with his command on an incredibly hot day in a noon start, but he showed flashes of what he can do so I'll give him some leeway for the lack of consistency. His fastball jumps out of his hand with a free, easy motion and he has no trouble generating velocity. His command should continue to improve as his legs fill out and help to better stabilize him. His slider was better in this start because he was more consistent with it, but the good change-ups he threw were better than his best sliders. The change-up has the potential to be a better pitch. He'll need it to combat left-handed hitters, who had no trouble squaring up his slider.