AROUND THE FARM: YATES
In this week’s look “Around the Farm” we take a look at Kyle Yates, pitcher for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Much like teammate Chip Cannon, Yates for the most part has failed to build upon an impressive showing in the Arizona Fall League. Entering action today the 5’10″ right-hander has a record of 6-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 18 starts for New Hampshire.
Yates has showed signs of putting a slow start behind him. Over his last two starts he has not allowed a run in 12.1 innings pitched and has struck out 14 opponents while walking just four. With Ismael Ramirez and David Purcey currently on the New Hampshire DL Yates would seem to be the likely candidate should a spot in the Syracuse rotation open.
The Blue Jays 13th round pick out of Texas at Austin in the 2004 draft, Yates began last season in the Florida State League before being quickly promoted to Double-A New Hampshire. Combined during the regular season he was 8-9 with a 3.44 ERA in 32 appearances including 20 starts and struck-out 115 batters in 141.1 innings pitched.
The Jays sent the Kerrville, Texas native to the Arizona Fall League after the ’06 season where he made a name for himself going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in six appearances including 4 starts and struck out 25 opponents while walking just six in 24 innings. For his efforts he was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team.
Yates played two seasons at Midland College (2002-2003) before moving on to the University of Texas. In his junior season at Texas he was 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA over 28 appearances during which he struck out 45 opponents in 41 innings. The Longhorns behind current Major Leaguer’s Huston Street, JP Howell and Curtis Thigpen made it to College World Series Championship before being defeated by Cal-State Fullerton and Yates current Fisher Cat teammate Ricky Romero.