Player: Yoendrys Gomez
DOB: October 15, 1999
Affiliate: Pulaski Yankees
Role: Mid-Rotation Starter
Risk Factor: High
MLB ETA: 2022
Background: The Yankees signed right-hander Yoendrys Gomez as an international free agent on July 2, 2016, for just $50,000. The Nirgua, Venezuela native, was just 16 years old and already was throwing 92 miles per hour at the time.
Gomez went on to make his professional debut in 2017 with the Dominican Summer League Yankees where he was 0-3 with a 4.78 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 32 innings of work. He has a brief cameo in the Gulf Coast League throwing three innings in one game.
In 2018 he returned to the Dominican Summer League for two games, striking out seven batters over nine innings before returning stateside for the Gulf Coast League season. With the GCL Yankees, he was impressive; he worked a 2.33 ERA with 43 strikeouts over 38 2/3 innings while earning a 3-1 record.
Gomez continued to impress many in instructional league, minor league spring training, and extended spring training. The Yankees opted to go slow and have him start his 2019 season with the Pulaski Yankees.
Fastball: Gomez has seen great strides with his fastball. He was hitting 92 miles per hour when he was signed as a 16-year-old. Now his fastball sits 92-95 miles per hour and occasionally touches as high as 97 mph. He has shown good sink with the pitch and the ability to throw it for strikes. The pitch features glove-side run.
Curveball: His curveball has shown flashes of being a plus pitch down the line. He usually throws it in the 75-82 mph range with good spin.
Changeup: Gomez’s changeup lags his other two pitches right now but still shows potential to be an average MLB offering. It is a power changeup; he throws the pitch at 85-87 miles per hour with good depth.
Body: Gomez has a projectable frame; he is listed on the roster sheet at 6-foot 3-inches and 175 pounds. He has an athletic build and will likely add more muscle as he gets older. As he grows into his body, he will likely see his velocity tick up a bit.
Mechanics: Gomez throws a high 3 /4 arm slot with good extension. His delivery is clean, but he is still learning how to consistently repeat it. Gomez has some deception, allowing him to hide the ball from batters until the ball comes over his shoulder. His delivery allows him to release the pitch on a good downhill plane.
Control: He has shown to have good control of his pitches, his BB/9 has gone down in each season since turning pro. He projects to have average control at-worst after he finishes developing. Better control will come as he grows and learns to be more consistent with his delivery and become more accustomed to his increase in velocity.
Overall: The Yankees have decided to be conservative with the development of Gomez, opting to have him open 2019 in extended spring training and report to Pulaski. He has shown to be a hard worker and has earned high praise from his teammates. Having a potential role of a mid-rotation start might be conservative if he continues to develop as he has and increases velocity, he could become a potential front of the rotation start in the big leagues.