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Michael Ynoa Felled by Chicken Pox

February 12, 2013

The 21-year-old Michael Ynoa, best known for signing a record $4.25M as a 16 year old amateur, has not met the promise that the A’s saw when they signed him. In his career that has seen him pitch for just the AZL Athletics (2010 and 2012) and the Vermont Lake Monsters (2012) he has tossed 39 2/3 innings of 8.3 K/9, 6.6 BB/9 and 0.9 HR/9 baseball. He owns a combined 6.13 ERA in his 17 games (15 of which were starts). Given how long ago he was signed the A’s looking to recoup something from that big signing bonus, added him to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule V draft earlier this offseason. Now Ynoa faces another difficulty, overcoming chicken pox.

Fortunately the contagious disease – which I really thought was sort of eradicated via vaccinations making it like the thing I will one day tell my kids I got that they will never be affected by, like whooping cough to my folks – is not going to affect any unvaccinated Athletics because Ynoa is recovering in the Dominican Republic and won’t be reporting to Phoenix for another 10 days or so. Given his lack of success at the MiLB level, Ynoa is probably the least likely person on the 40-man roster to make the team.

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