Right-handed pitcher Huascar Ynoa has become the latest Florida Fire Frogs alum to pitch in Major League Baseball with the Atlanta Braves.
Ynoa made his major-league debut Sunday, throwing two shutout innings in a 15-1 Atlanta win over the Philadelphia Phillies. He was optioned back to the Class AAA Gwinnett Stripers on Tuesday.
Ynoa, 21, made stops at every level of the ladder from Class A on up, making 14 appearances for Florida, the Mississippi Braves and Gwinnett Stripers this year, compiling a 2-4 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 41 innings before getting the call. He made three starts for the Fire Frogs, going 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 11 innings.
The Braves traded catcher Anthony Recker and pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Minnesota Twins for Ynoa in 2017.
With another name added to the list of Fire Frogs alumni to reach the Atlanta Braves, here’s a look at the others who have come before him (list does not include major-leaguers on rehab stints):
Ronald Acuna, Jr.: Florida’s 2017 Opening Day center fielder. Made it to Atlanta on April 25, 2018 and won National League Rookie of the Year honors by hitting .293 with 26 home runs, 78 runs and 16 stolen bases. He was rewarded with am eight-year contract worth $100 million, and he’s continued playing at that level, being a reason the Braves lead the NL East. Through Sunday he was hitting .296, leads the league in plate appearances and is on pace to log more than 100 runs and RBI.
Austin Riley: Another member of the first 2017 Fire Frogs, he’s making a charge to be the next Rookie of the Year. He made his Braves’ debut on May 15 and homered in his second at-bat. On June 1 he hit his eighth homerun in 16 games, becoming just the fourth player in major league baseball history to achieve this feat. Through Sunday he had 11 dingers in just 30 games. Riley earned the NL Rookie of the Month Award for May 2019, despite only playing in 15 games. He’s being used in left field despite playing third base for the Fire Frogs.
Touki Toussaint: Just like the right-hander pounded the strike zone for the 2017 Fire Frogs, he’s doing it for Atlanta this year, with 32 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings over 15 appearances out of the bullpen. He reached Atlanta on Aug. 13, 2018, and started 2019 at Class AAA Gwinnett before getting the call up.
Luiz Gohara: Threw the first Fire Frogs pitch on April 3, 2017, and didn’t stay long. Like Ynoa this year, he pitched at every level that year, reaching Atlanta on Sept. 5 and went 1-3 in five starts. He split time between Class AA Mississippi, Gwinnett and Atlanta (nine appearances) but has not pitched yet in 2019 due to injury.
Chad Sobotka: pitched in 29 games for Florida between 2017-18. He made his MLB debut on Aug. 10, 2018 and has pitched in 27 games for Atlanta. He’s currently at AAA Gwinnett but is on the Braves’ 40-man roster.
Bryse Wilson: Like Sobotka, he’s currently playing for Gwinnett. His 2018 time with Atlanta (1-0, 1.88 ERA, 21 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings) was better than 2019 (0-0, 8.25 ERA, 17 strikeouts in 12 innings) has been thus far.
Alex Jackson: Another member of the original Fire Frogs squad, he played the first two months of 2017 before a call-up to Mississippi. He appeared in three games for Atlanta in April, going 0-for-10 at the plate, before getting optioned back to Gwinnett. He’s on the 40-man roster.
Kyle Wright: Righty pitcher was Atlanta’s 2017 first-round draft pick, and got sent here late in that season. He’s pitched in seven games with Atlanta, but is in Gwinnett’s rotation now.
A.J. Minter: Another pitched-at-every-level guy in 2017, including low-A Rome. He’s in the major-league bullpen now but struggling (0-4, 8.38 ERA in 18 games).
Jacob Webb: He pitched to a 1.74 ERA in 22 games for the ’17 Fire Frogs before a call-up to Class AA. He made his Braves’ debut on April 16 and has done well, with a 4-0 record and 2.25 ERA in 26 games through the weekend.
THE 2019 FIRE FROGS PLAY ON. After resetting their record beginning the Second Half of the Florida State League schedule after a 25-41 first half, the team is back home for a seven-day, six-game home stand beginning Thuresday at 6 p.m. against the St. Lucie Mets.
Thursday is BOGO Thursday (Buy one-get one free slushies and canned beer), Friday is International Gnome Day and will be marked by $2 tickets and team-inspired gnomes given to the first 100 fans. The team will also wear its special “El Coquis” uniforms and fans can get a cuban sandwich and beer or soda for $10.
Abbey Road Tribute night occurs Saturday, when Beatles tribute band Liverpool Live will channel the Fab Four. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.