Michael Ynoa, the 17-year-old right handed Dominican pitcher the A’s signed last summer for $4.25 million, was at the A’s Papago Park complex Monday morning. He threw 25 pitches, mainly fastballs with a few changeups, before a few onlookers as fellow A’s prospects warmed up beside him.
Ynoa, who requested to conduct his interview with reporters in English, admitted he was a bit tired after he arrived in Phoenix from the Dominican Sunday night. But catcher Anthony Recker, who was Double A Midland last year, was impressed with the teenager.
“He was working at maybe 75 percent today, and the ball was still jumping out of his hand,” said Recker, who estimated that Ynoa’s fastball was around the mid-80s. “Great movement. He’s got pretty good mechanics. … He’s defintely well ahead of most 17-year-olds.”
Ynoa said he thinks he could be in the big leagues in two years, although A’s Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman said earlier that the organization is certainly in no rush with Ynoa. But Recker wouldn’t necessarily put it past the kid.
“That wouldn’t surprise me,” Recker said.
More in tomorrow’s paper.