Ynoa he’s good: Brooklyn hurler pitches ‘Clones to seventh shutout
It’s a credit to Cyclones pitching coach Marc Valdes that his young hurlers expect performances like the one they got out of Gabriel Ynoa on Tuesday night in Lowell, Mass.
The 19-year-old Dominican right-hander, one of four Cyclones pitchers selected to next week’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game, tossed a season-high seven innings of four-hit ball with eight strikeouts and no walks as Brooklyn blanked Lowell, 1-0, for its circuit-leading seventh shutout of the season before 3,311 fans at LeLacheur Park.
Ynoa (4-1) set the tone for the aptly nicknamed Baby Bums’ league-best staff on Opening Day, pitching Brooklyn to a 2-0 victory over archrival Staten Island at MCU Park on June 18. The 6-foot-2, 158-pound third-year pro hasn’t slowed down since, going at least six innings in each of his nine outings while yielding two runs or fewer eight times.
The youngest starting pitcher in the 12-year history of the Cyclones has worked closely with Valdes, a former big leaguer, on displaying the confidence, pitch location and winning spirit of a hurler far beyond his years. By issuing only seven walks in 55 innings thus far this summer, Ynoa is remaining true to Valdes’ oft-repeated mantra of throwing strikes and challenging batters, rather than working around them and hoping they’ll swing at something out of the strike zone.