Yoilan Quinonez completed his second season of professional baseball in 2018 with the DSL Marlins.
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Yoilan Enrique Quinonez is a 6’4″, 200 lb. right-handed batting and throwing pitcher rom San Felipe, Venezuela, population 19,204. Three major leaguers have originated out of the town including second baseman Marco Scutaro.
Quinonez was born on August 11th, 1999, and on April 26th, 2017, signed his first professional deal with the Miami Marlins. A week later, he was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs in the short-season-A New York-Penn League. Before appearing in a game for them, the Marlins reassigned him to the rookie-level Dominican Summer League, with the DSL Marlins.
Quinonez’s first professional season would seem pitch in 12 games for DSL, including seven starts. He struck out 13 batters in 20 2/3 innings, allowing 10 walks and 16 hits for a 1.26 WHIP. Opponents hit just .208 against Quinonez, with only four extra base hits, all doubles.
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2018 would see Quinonez spend another season with the DSL Marlins. In 33 innings, his K/9 rate increased from 5.7 to 7.4, with 27, while his BB/9 rate dropped from 4.4 to 3.3, with only 12. Despite that encouraging development, Quinonez’ WHIP rose to 1.46, and his ERA to 4.91. He still held opponents to a .277 average, but that was a far cry from his rookie season.
Quinonez started in seven of his 12 appearances in 2018. He had his best game of the year on June 19th, according to the GameScore metric. He racked up a mark of 61 by allowing only one hit over four innings and striking out three in a 6-2 victory against the DSL Braves.
Players who start their careers out in the Dominican Summer League, for the most part, are long-term, low-risk, high reward type players. Quinonez’ earliest appearance with the Miami Marlins, if he continues through the system, would be around 2025. It’s likely he starts the 2019 campaign either with the DSL Marlins for a third time or maybe with the rookie-level GCL Marlins, in the Florida-based Gulf Coast League.
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