Jesus Rafael Tinoco … son of Jesus Tinoco and Migdalis Veliz … resides in his hometown of Bocas de Rio Chiquito, Venezuela during the offseason ... Has one sister, Vanessa, and one brother, Jose ... Started playing baseball when he was 12 years old ... Enjoys spending time with his family and friends, going to the beach and traveling in his free time ... His favorite food is Pabellon Venezolano … favorite music is reggaeton, salsa and merengue ... Attended Escuela Bolivariana de Guanaguana in Venezuela.
Pitched a team-high 141.0 innings, while striking out a team-high 132 batters, which also ranked second-most in the Eastern League ... In 26 starts with Double-A Hartford, went 9-12 with a 4.79 ERA (141.0 IP, 75 ER), 38 walks and 132 strikeouts ... Threw a six-inning complete-game shutout as part of a doubleheader on April 25 vs. Portland ... Career highs in starts (26), innings pitched (141.0) and strikeouts (132) ... Named to the 2018 Futures Game and pitched one scoreless inning ... His 26 starts were tied for second-most in the league, while his 141.0 innings pitched ranked fifth-most ... Made 10 relief appearances for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 1.72 ERA (15.2 IP, 3 ER), six walks and 14 strikeouts.
Made 24 starts with High-A Lancaster and set career highs with 11 wins, 140.2 innings pitched and 107 strikeouts ... Went 11-4 with a 4.67 ERA (140.2 IP, 73 ER), 50 walks and 107 strikeouts ... Tied for the team lead and ranked second in the California League with 11 wins … ranked fourth on the club and fifth in the California League in innings pitched and 11th in the league in strikeouts ... Earned two Player of the Week Awards for the weeks of May 14 and Aug. 20.
Went a combined 3-11 with a 6.86 ERA (99.2 IP, 76 ER) between Low-A Asheville and High-A Modesto ... Was 3-3 with a 4.23 ERA (38.1 IP, 18 ER) in seven starts on the road with Low-A Asheville.
Went 2-6 with a 3.54 ERA (81.1 IP, 32 ER) for Low-A Lansing in the Blue Jays system before being traded to the Rockies ... Was assigned to Low-A Asheville and made his first start with the club on Aug. 2 … went 5-0 with a 0.77 ERA (35.0 IP, 3 ER) in August, earning MiLB.com South Atlantic League Player of the Month honors.
Pitched a club-high 56.1 innings while striking out the second-most batters (47) at Rookie Level Bluefield ... His 47 strikeouts on the season were a career high.
Led the Rookie Level Blue Jays in innings pitched and strikeouts ... Failed to record a win and pitched five full innings only two times … led the team with nine starts.
Spent a majority of the season in the Dominican Summer League, making seven starts and five relief appearances ... Went 0-3 with a 5.47 ERA (24.2 IP, 15 ER) as a starter, 0-1 with a 1.46 ERA (12.1 IP, 2 ER) as a reliever.