Michael Jose Ynoa Ventura (born September 24, 1991) also known as Michel Inoa, is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox.

Michael Ynoa
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Ynoa pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 2017
Free agent
Born: (1991-09-24) September 24, 1991 (age 28)
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 14, 2016, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record2–0
Earned run average4.42


Oakland AthleticsEdit

Ynoa signed with the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB) for the amount of $4.25 million, setting a new record for the A's organization after lefty pitcher Mark Mulder was signed for 3.2 million in 1998. Ynoa was named the "Number One" and the "crown jewel" in the "Best Latino Prospects of 2008."[1] Ynoa is said to be the most impressive Latin American player prospect since Félix Hernández in 2002.[2] Two MLB teams (Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers) "reportedly offered Ynoa about $5 million."[3] It was reported that Ynoa signed with Oakland after a deal fell through with the New York Yankees. The Yankees reportedly broke off talks with Ynoa after agent Adam Katz sought to renegotiate a handshake agreement with the club.

In August 2010, after pitching nine innings in the Arizona League, Ynoa underwent Tommy John surgery.[4] Ynoa's contract was selected by the Athletics on November 20, 2012, and he was added to the 40-man roster.[citation needed]

Chicago White SoxEdit

After the 2014 season, the Athletics traded Ynoa and Jeff Samardzija to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, Rangel Ravelo and Josh Phegley.[5]

On June 14, 2016, the White Sox promoted Ynoa to the major leagues.[6] In 45 games over the 2016-2017 seasons, Ynoa compiled a 2-0 record, with a 4.42 ERA in 59 innings. He was released on March 15, 2018.

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

On November 13, 2018, Ynoa signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.[7] He was assigned to AAA Omaha Storm Chasers to start the 2019 season. He was released on May 29.

Spelling of nameEdit

"Michel Ynoa" is the original spelling of Michael's name. His first name was anglicized to "Michael" after he signed with the Oakland Athletics in July 2008.[8] Although Michael's last name is more commonly spelled with an "I", as of February 2009, he will be using the original spelling "Ynoa." "According to A's director of player development Keith Lieppman, [Y]noa will start going by the original spelling of his last name, 'Ynoa.' Somewhere along the line, there was a mixup on the spelling, and the pitcher's name made its way into the public forum with an 'I.'"[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Ynoa's younger brother, Huascar, is also a professional baseball pitcher.[10]


  1. ^ Rojas, Enrique. "Inoa, 16, at head of Latin American prospect class". ESPN. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  2. ^ "Inoa agrees to $4.25M signing bonus, minor league deal with A's". Sports.espn.go.com. July 2, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2008.
  3. ^ Jeff Passan, "Ynoa becomes a sign of the times", Yahoo! Sports, Exclusive, July 3, 2008, found at Yahoo Sports. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
  4. ^ Stiglich, Joe (August 14, 2010). "A's lose top pitching prospect Michael Ynoa to Tommy John surgery". Mercury News. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  5. ^ "White Sox acquire Samardzija from A's in six-player deal".
  6. ^ "Michael Ynoa recalled, pitches 2 scoreless innings in debut". 2016-06-15.
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/Royals/status/1062470681449897984
  8. ^ Slusser, Susan (July 2, 2008). "Injury is still keeping Chavez from the field". Sfgate.com. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  9. ^ "Late arrival big in early plans of A's". 2009-02-20. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  10. ^ http://m.mlb.com/news/article/82154470/twins-lock-up-pitching-prospect-huascar-ynoa/

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