“He’s got a big arm,” manager Brian Snitker said. “Big stuff. He throws upwards of 100 (mph) with a hard slider and a change-up. I hear that, you look at it, and it’s one of those things where if he gets it over, it’s going to be really good.”
Ynoa is close with Julio Teheran, who was somewhat a mentor for him in spring. Ynoa said Teheran is a “great person” who’s given him valuable advice in the past two years.
With Sean Newcomb starting Saturday and on a pitch limit, the Braves wanted a fresh option in the bullpen. Enter Ynoa, who may not be here long, but could make his way into the Braves’ future plans.
“He’s a young kid,” Snitker said. “In order for him to refine his pitches, he needs to start (in Triple-A). He needs to pitch. So that’s what he’s been doing. He’s experienced out of the bullpen, so he may be a guy down the road that we call on to put in the bullpen. If he’s stretched out, we need a spot start and he’s on the roster, he’ll be doing that also.”