Yan Gomes...Pronounced (GOHM-ss)...Attended Miami Southridge High School...Played two years at the University of Tennessee before transferring to Barry (FL) University...Is married to wife, Jenna...They have a daughter, Brooklyn Mae and son, Grayson...Was the first Brazilian-born player in MLB history and now one of five all-time...Brother, Juan, was a 37th round pick in the 2014 Draft out of Odessa (TX) College...Father-in-law, Atlee Hammaker, pitched 12 years in the Majors from 1982-95 and was an NL All-Star with San Francisco in 1983.
Earned his first career All-Star Game selection in 2018 after being chosen by the Office of the Commissioner...Hit .266 with 26 doubles, 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 21 walks and 52 runs scored in 112 games...He led American League catchers (min. 400 PA) in slugging percentage (.449), OPS (.757), doubles (26), runs scored (T1st, 52) and batting average (.266), while ranking second in on-base percentage (.313)...His 26 doubles marked a career-high, while his 16 home runs were his most since he clubbed 21 in 2014... Was his most consistent offensive season since 2014 while helping to lead one of the best pitching staffs in Major League Baseball...Threw out 18 of the 67 (27%) runners attempting to steal off him as the Indians pitchers recorded an ERA of 3.83 with him behind the plate...Hit his third career grand slam on July 2 at Kansas City and recorded his 500th career hit that night as well...Also hit his third career "walk-off" homer on April 8 vs. Kansas City (Maurer)...From July 27 - end of the season, he batted .312 (44-for-141) with nine doubles, six homers and 15 RBI (.841 OPS)...Recorded an OPS of .784 after May 31...Recorded an .840 OPS vs. left-handed pitching...From Aug. 1-end of the season batted .320 (41-for-128) in 35 games, leading all Major League catchers in batting average in that span.
Bounced back offensively after a tough 2016 and provided his usual solid leadership behind the plate while throwing out 40% of baserunners attempting to steal off him (22 of 55 on the season), the top mark in MLB...Indians pitchers compiled an ERA of 3.36 (320 ER, 856 IP) with him behind the plate in 2017...Finished tied for 9th among American League catchers in walks (31) and 5th in RBI (56)... Drove in 56 runs on 79 base hits and teamed with Roberto Pérez to drive in 94 runs, the 5th-highest total among MLB catching tandems...Was a top-three finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award…Started 96 games at catcher, appearing in 103 games behind the dish...Has now thrown out 32 of 84 runners attempting to steal the last two seasons (38%)... Started the year 2-for-30, but went on to bat .248 (77/311) the remainder of the season from April 17-on with 15 2B, 13 HR and 55 RBI over his final 96 games (.745 OPS)... Enjoyed his third career 5 RBI game on May 21 at Houston, connected for his second career grand slam on August 27 vs. Kansas City and his second career walk-off home run on August 8 vs. Colorado off Greg Holland...Had one multi-homer game on the year, connecting for 2 homers and 4 RBI on Sept. 23 at Seattle, his fourth career 2-HR game and first since 9/1/2015 at Toronto…Increased his walk total to 31 in 2017 from 9 in 264 plate appearances in 2016 (did not draw a walk over last 46 PAs dating back to Sept. 5)...Had 8 games of at least 2 walks and drew a single-game career-high 3 walks on July 7 vs. Detroit (had zero 2-walk games in 2016)...Hit .229 (39/170) with runners on base and .243 (37/152) in the second half with 3 2B, 9 HR & 35 RBI in 45 games (had 21 RBI in 60 first half games)...From July 23-on he recorded 34 RBI over his last 40 games played...Batting just .183 (76/416) versus RHP since the start of 2016 (.239 ob%)...Hit .226 vs. RHP... Hit .294 (20/68) from August 25-end of season with 13 runs, 1 2B, 6 HR and 16 RBI over his final 19 games... Slugging .738 (31 total bases in 42 ABs) against left-handed relievers.
Endured a tough offensive season around a two-month stint on the disabled list beginning in July but was his usual reliable presence with the pitching staff behind the plate...Despite ending the season with a .165 batting average his 32 RBI at the time of his shoulder injury ranked tied for 4th among American League catchers at the time...Overall on the year he made 64 starts at catcher (70 games) as the Indians staff recorded an ERA of 3.62 (230 ER, 572.1 IP) with Yan behind the plate and the Indians went 38-26 (.594) in his starts...Threw out 34.5% (10/29) of baserunners attempting to steal off him...Suffered separated right shoulder on July 17 in the 5th inning at Minnesota trying to avoid a tag at first base after an errant infield throw...Snapped an 0-for-27 earlier in the game and ended his July on a 2-for-37 skid...Was placed on the 15-day Disabled List the following day and was transferred to the 60-day D.L. in early September...At the time of his injury was hitting .165 (41-249) with 11 2B, 8 HR & 32 RBI in 71 games and had not been above the .200 mark since April 30...Began a rehab assignment between AA Akron and AAA Columbus on September 2 and rehabbed with the RubberDucks and Clippers thru their respective postseason's before being hit by a pitch in his final rehab game of Sept. 14 vs. Trenton in the Eastern League finals, sustaining a broken right wrist after being hit by 3-2 fastball in his third plate appearance of the night, virtually ending his season...Hit a combined .333 (9-27) w/3 2B, HR, 5 RBI in 9 rehab games...Resumed throwing during last ten days of the season and felt good enough to be activated for the final weekend at Kansas City, appearing in 3 games at catcher in the late innings and making a start at Kansas City on the season's final day of Oct. 2 (homered off Ian Kennedy in the 3rd inning; his first since June 25 at Detroit)...The 2014 A.L. Silver Slugger tied his single-game career-high with 5 RBI (2nd time) on April 23 at Detroit, going 3-for-5 with 3 R, a 2B and a home run...Hit .188 (19-101) with runners on base for the season...Homered in 3 straight games, May 13-16, for the first time in his career...His .127 (23-181) average vs. RHP was the lowest in the A.L. among players with at least 175 plate appearances vs. righties...Was on all three Postseason rosters and appeared in four games in the World Series as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement in the middle innings.
Spent season between Texas and Atlanta...Was on the 15-day DL in Texas from May 15-June 3 with left shoulder inflammation and was later designated for assignment on July 11 and later released...Signed with the Braves and spent the remainder of the season in the Braves bullpen...Left Sept. 10 game vs. NY Mets with a left hamstring strain and did not pitch the remainder of the season...For the year limited left-handed batters to a .234 (18-77) average against...In his career, the Wentzville, MO native has limited left-handed batters to a .233 (123-528, .615 OPS) average against while posting a career relief ERA of 3.98 (53ER/120.0IP).
Had arguably the best season of any American League catcher, hitting .278 (135-485) with 25 doubles, 3 triples, 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 135 games in his first full season in the big leagues, his second in the Cleveland organization... Yan joined Carlos Santana, ..ictor Martinez, Sandy Alomar and John Romano as only Indians catchers (at least 60% games at C) with 20+ HR, 60+ R and 70+ RBI in a season... After the season he earned his first career American League Silver Slugger Award, becoming the first catcher in club history to win the award outright (Victor Martinez shared the award in 2004). He led all A.L. catchers in average (.278), OPS (.785) and ex tra base hits (49) and was second in RBI (74) and 3rd in homers (21) among A.L. players who played in 80% of their games at catcher...He was 2nd among MLB catchers in OPS ... Among all A.L. qualifying batters he was 12th in slugging pct (.472), 19th in OPS (.785) and 9th in average vs. LHP (.331) ... Season OPS of .879 off LHP was 12th-highest in the AL. Got better as the season went along, hitting .294 (69-235) from July 1 thru the end of the season with 16 2B, 12 HR and 46 RBI in 65 games...In the second half he hit .303 (60-198) with 13 2B, 9 HR and 38 RBI in 55 games as his .847 OPS was 12th-highest among all American League batters with at least 200 second half p late appearances ... His 51 RBI from June 24-end of season were second on the club behind Santana (55) and ahead of Brantley (48)...OPS in July/Aug was .990 and .909 resp ectively. Defensively Yan picked up where he left off in 2013, making 121 starts at catcher (126 games) and also made 8 starts at DH and was a 2014 finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award ... Tossed out 27 of 93 (29%) of the runners attemp ting to steal off him, the 2nd-highest pct. among American League catchers behind New York-AL's Brian McCann (31%)...Also made just 3 errors over his last 55 games of the season (July 18)...Set new club records for single-season p utouts (1052) and total chances (1139) for an Indians catcher as the Indians staff set a new MLB record for strikeouts (1450). Took a ball off the catcher's mask on August 21 at Minnesota (deflected off hit batter) and was p laced on the 7-day D.L. w/concussion symptoms from August 22-28...Returned after the 7 days on August 29 and from that p oint thru the end of the season he hit .257 (26-101) with 4 2B, 4 HR and 21 RBI in 26 games. Had a career-high 13-game hitting streak from July 24-August 7, the 3rd highest on the club in 2014...Enjoyed his first career 4-hit game on August 31 at K ansas City, going 4-for-5 with 2 runs scored .... Equaled single-game career-high with 4 RBI (2nd time) on Sep t 20 at Minnesota (3-4, HR)...Hit .333 (17-51) vs. Minnesota this year (4 2B, 6HR) and led all A.L. p layers with 19 RBI vs. the T wins in 2014...Hit .337 (29-86) in 21 starts batting 6th (3 2B, 4 HR, 18 RBI)...Hit .298 (62-208) with runners on base.
Spent most of the season in Cleveland, posting an impressive season at and behind the plate for Terry Francona...Started the year at AAA Columbus, appearing in just six games total for the Clippers, and was with the Indians from April 9-24 and April 28 thru the remainder of the season...Overall made 79 starts (85 games) at catcher and 1 game at first base for Cleveland...Also made 1 start at DH...Indians pitchers recorded an ERA of 3.56 (710.0IP, 670H, 281ER) with Yan catching as he threw out an impressive 38.3% (18-47) of runners attempting to steal off him (would have led the AL with more appearances at catcher)...Indians were 49-30 (.620) when he started at catcher...Started 39 games at catcher in August and September (55 team games/22GS at C in 27 Sept team games)... Club recipient of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, which is determined by using a formula that balances scouting information, sabermetric analysis and basic fielding stats...Finished 2nd among Major League catchers with at least 275 plate appearances in slugging pct (.491) and 3rd in OPS (.837) and batting average (.298) as 31 of his 86 base hits went for extra bases....From June 28 thru the end of the season he hit .317 (59-186) with 14 doubles, 5 home runs and 20 RBI in 56 games...Enjoyed a career day on May 20 vs. Seattle (3-5, 2RS, 4RBI), connecting for a career-high 2 home runs and 4 RBI, including his first career "walk-off' home run in the 10th inning off Charlie Furbush...On the year he had 9 three-hit games and enjoyed a career-best 9-game hitting streak from Aug 29-Sept 10...Yan hit .309 (25-81) in 24 September games (6 2B, 2HR, 9RBI) and for the year hit .296 (37-125) with runners on base...Recorded an OPS of .934 off left-handed pitching...Scott Kazmir posted an ERA of 3.32 (130.0IP/48ER) in 23 starts with Yan catching.
Split the season between Las Vegas and Toronto, his first taste of big league action in just his 4th professional season...Was recalled by Toronto from Las Vegas (AAA) on five separate occasions...Had a solid year at AAA Las Vegas as his batting average (.328), slugging pct (.557) and OPS (.938) all would have ranked in the top 10 in the Pacific Coast League had it not been for the five stints in the big leagues. Started the year in Las Vegas and was recalled for the first time on May 17, collecting his first hit that day vs. New York-AL off Phil Hughes...Homered the next day (May 18) for the first time off NY Mets' Jonathon Niese...Hit four home runs at the Major League level, with the 4th being a game-tying 2-out, 9th inning home run vs. Minnesota off closer Glen Perkins...Collected hits in four of his first five games (5-14) batting .357 over that stretch...After that collected hits in just 13 of his final 38 contests (15-84) while batting .179. Appeared in 79 games for Las Vegas batting .328 with an OPS of .938, including 29 2B, 13HR and 59 RBI...Split time at catcher, first base, third base, left field and designated hitter along both spots...Made 25 starts for Toronto in 2012 (5-C, 12-1B, 6-3B & 2-DH)....3 of his 4 HR came off LHP (had .457 slg pct off LHP at the big league level)...Was 7-for-19 (.368) after Sept 7 recall. At AAA he hit .344 (21-61) off LHP with 4HR, 12 RBI (1.026OPS) and in the first half he hit .346 (79-228) with 25 2B, 10HR & 44 RBI in 59 games (T5th in the PCL in first half batting avg)...Drove in 12 runs the last 8 games of the Triple-A season, hit .373 (56-150) with runners on base and .341 (31-91) for Las Vegas..Played for Team Brazil in WBC qualifier in November, leading the club to a 1-0 victory over Panama with the game's lone RBI to advance to the 16-team WBC field held in March... Also appeared in 17 games for Este in advance of the WBC qualifier.
Spent the majority of the season at New Hampshire (AA) along with four games at Las Vegas (AAA)... POWER SOURCE: Combined to hit .248 with 19 doubles, three triples and 13 home runs in just 83 games... His .781 OPS with the Fisher Cats ranked 3rd on the club... C/1B: Appeared in 43 games behind the plate and 20 at first base, with the balance coming as the designated hitter... HOT AND COLD: In May and August combined to hit .328 (42-128)... In all other months batted .186 (33-177)... FALL BALL: Played in the Arizona Fall League, posting a .302 average with one home run and eight RBI.
Combined to bat .270 between Lansing (Low-A) and Dunedin (High-A) with 33 extra base hits and a .780 OPS... Spent most of the season at Dunedin and posted a .373 average vs. left-handed pitching... Batted .342 in the second half, including a September average of .417 (10-24).
Made his debut, spending the majority of the season with Auburn (Short Season-A)... Added his first proefssional home run on July 5.