Braves: Huascar Ynoa set to make his first career MLB start tomorrow

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Ever since the Braves lost Mike Soroka for the season on Monday, aside from a feeling of pure devastation, there has also been the anticipation of which young arm would fill in for him, or if Brian Snitker might turn to the bullpen for an answer to the rotations woes. The Braves kept it to the vest for a while, but after tonight’s 5-0 loss in the series opener to the Phillies, Snitker pronounced Huascar Ynoa as tomorrow’s starter in Game 1 of their double-header with Philadelphia. 

Ynoa sort of came out of nowhere last year, beginning the season in A+ ball and ending it in AAA, with a stop in Atlanta in between. He made his major league debut, appearing two times but had a bloated 18.00 ERA in just three innings. Both of those outings came out of the bullpen, though. He’s yet to make his first start. 

That will all change tomorrow. We currently have Ynoa ranked 12th on our list of top Braves prospectsFangraphs has him ranked 16th. His repertoire primarily consists of a fastball and slider, but his heater sits in the high-90s and can touch 100. In his two appearances for the Braves last year, his average fastball was 97.6. He also has a changeup that he’ll mix in around 5% of the time. Here is what Brian Snitker had to say about him making his first start. 

Ynoa is certainly not the player many were expecting to earn the next opportunity in the rotation. But with the upside he brings to the table, why not? At this point, the Braves don’t have much to lose by sending any of their talented young arms out for a start. And if he looks like he can handle the pressure, there’s no reason the Braves shouldn’t see if it is sustainable. 

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