#2 Hector Yan – LHP Signed as an International Free Agent (2016)
Hector Yan and the aforementioned Jose Soriano have been a lethal one-two punch for the Burlington Bees. Yan has been almost as impressive, if not more so, as Soriano so far in 2019.
Yan has pitched in 13 games and thrown 55.2 innings striking out 78 batters and walking 31. Just like Soriano, Yan has some control problems at times which leads to a high pitch counts.
Yan has gone more than five innings only once (tonight) in a game this season, but his quality of pitches has been outstanding. He throws a mid-90’s fastball that tops out at 97. He also throws a wicked split-fingered fastball, a change-up, and a curve ball.
Yan’s last three starts have been particularly memorable as he went five innings in each. The first start Yan gave up only one run on three hits with 12 strikeouts. In his next start Yan pitched five hitless innings striking out five and like Soriano was almost a part of a combined no-hitter as the Bees lost the no-hitter with two outs in the 9th.
In his latest start tonight he pitched 6.1 innings of no-hit baseball again with seven strikeouts. The Bees lost the no-hitter in the ninth with one out and ended up losing the game 2-1.
Overall in his last four starts Yan has thrown 20.2 innings and given up only one run and six hits with 29 strikeouts and seven walks.
Yan has a mid-to-high 90’s fastball and the fact that he does it from the left side is a rarity in the Angels minor league system. He has a 2-2 record with a 3.07 ERA and has an opponents batting average of .182. The lack of run support has caused both Yan and Soriano’s record not to be better.
There is a strong likelihood that Yan will also get promoted before too long. We will see how he progresses, but with his stuff and his left-handed arm Yan could move up the ranks quickly if he can keep getting batters out.