Yonny and his wife, Jansi, were married last October back home in Venezuela...He was never considered a highly-touted international prospect, instead signing with the Rays for $100,000 when he was 18 years old...Yonny's favorite player growing up was Yankees Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera...As a child, Yonny and his friends would play a game similar to baseball that replaced the ball and bat with chapitas, or bottle caps, and a broomstick...His favorite meals are arepas-baked cornmeal patties sometimes stuffed with cheese or meat- and chicken with rice.
Totaled 18 apps (7 starts) over two stints with the Rays, his first career major league action…was on the major league roster from Opening Day-June 3-which included a stint on the disabled list- and June 24 through the end of the season...Went 5-2 with a 2.83 ERA (57.1-IP, 18-ER) and .233 opp avg. (48-for-206) in 11 apps out of the bullpen and 0-3 with a 4.73 ERA (32.1-IP, 17-ER) and .288 opp avg. (36-for-125) in 7 starts...Was 4-0 with a 2.89 ERA (37.1-IP, 12-ER) over his final 7 apps of the season, all in relief...Began his career on a scoreless streak of 14.1 IP…it was the longest scoreless streak ever for a Rays pitcher to begin his career, passing Doug Waechter (11.1 IP) in 2003, according to the Elias Sports Bureau...Through the end of April, his 24 SO ranked 2nd among AL rookies behind LAA Shohei Ohtani (26), and his 5 starts tied CWS Carson Fulmer for most among AL rookies...On April 1 vs. BOS, made his major league debut in relief and his only hit allowed in 4 IP was a game-winning single by Rafael Devers in the 6th inning (run charged to José Alvarado)…became the third pitcher in club history with a scoreless app or start of at least 4 IP in his major league debut, following Enny Romero (4.2 IP, start) on Sep 22, 2013 vs. BAL and Scott Kazmir (5 IP, start) on Aug 23, 2004 at SEA…it was the longest scoreless relief outing ever for a Rays pitcher making his major league debut...On April 5 at BOS, became the fifth Ray all-time to go at least 5 IP and not allow a run in his first career start, joining Matt Moore (5 IP) in 2011, Scott Kazmir (5 IP) in 2004, Doug Waechter (9 IP) in 2003 and Jason Standridge (6.1 IP) in 2001… joined Scott Kazmir (6 IP) in 2004 and Steve Trachsel (9 IP) as the only Rays with a scoreless outing of at least 5 IP in their first career game at Fenway Park…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he was the first pitcher to make the first start of his career at Fenway Park and not allow a run in at least 5 IP since ATL Kyle Davies did it in his major league debut on May 21, 2005 (5 IP)...Placed on the 10-day DL on May 1 with a right forearm strain, retroactive to April 29…was reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Durham on June 4…was on the minor league disabled list, June 22-July 7, with right shoulder inflammation...From Aug 4-Sep 15, became the first pitcher since Baseball Reference data is available (1908) to go at least 5 IP in eight consecutive apps, with all of them coming in relief...On Aug 9 vs. BAL, recorded his first career win, entering in the 3rd inning…allowed a 2-out single in the 3rd, then retired 10 straight batters before a 7th-inning solo homer to Renato Núñez, his only run allowed...On Sep 3 at TOR, went a career-high 7 IP, replacing Ryne Stanek to start the 2nd inning…his 7 IP tied a franchise record for a reliever, and his 3 GDP tied a club record for a reliever, joining Rob Bell on June 19, 2004 at ARI...Went 0-2 with a 5.28 ERA in 8 starts with Durham…made his first 2 starts there on rehab assignment, then another 6 starts following his option…also made a start with Class-A Charlotte, beginning his major league rehab assignment with the Stone Crabs.
Named Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the Rays Baseball Operations department…spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Durham, earning a May 2 promotion from Double-A Montgomery…went 13-5 with a 2.73 ERA (168.1- IP, 51-ER) in 27 apps (26 starts) between the two levels... Led Rays minor leaguers in innings…tied for 2nd in wins, one shy of José Mujica (14)…ranked 3rd with 141 SO and 4th in ERA... Despite spending a month at the Double-A level, ranked among International League leaders in ERA (2.74, 4th), wins (12, tied for 4th), innings (141, 5th) and WHIP (0.98, 2nd)... In his third start at the Triple-A level, on May 13 vs. Toledo (Tigers), pitched a 9-inning CG SHO… tied his career high at the time with 9 SO, but surpassed that mark later in the season with 11 SO on July 2 at Norfolk (Orioles)....Named the Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July, going 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA (39-IP, 7-ER) and 43 SO in 6 starts... Twice was named IL Pitcher of the Week… received the honor for the periods of May 8-14 and July 3-9....Made 2 starts for the Bulls in the postseason, going 1-1 with a 0.75 ERA (12-IP, 1-ER)…did not allow a run in 7 IP of Game 2 of the IL Semifinals vs. Indianapolis (Pirates), giving Durham a 2-0 series lead…received no run support in a Game 2 loss vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) in the Governors' Cup.... Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 23 prospect in the Rays system following the season… named by the publication to its Triple-A All-Star Team.