Yonny's favorite player growing up was Yankees 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.
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.