In the midst of yet another rain delay, Yankees prospect Jonathan Loaisiga was rumored to start Sunday’s doubleheader. Trenton dominated in their game on Tuesday and it’s only now that his elevation is certain.
Right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga of the New York Yankees isn’t your normal prospect for the role of starting pitcher. The 23-year-old Nicaraguan has only thrown 146.2 innings in his career, despite signing with the Giants in 2013.
He underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after signing with the Yankees in 2016, but was able to bounce back in June of last year, pitching 32.2 innings over three levels.
Even though he was placed on the 40-man roster this past offseason, Loaisiga has been nothing but a blessing to the franchise.
In his first outing in nine days on Tuesday, Loaisiga sparked speculation that he was set to make a spot start against the Orioles last Sunday.
Domingo German’s scheduled start was postponed due to the weather, so the Yankees only required two starters in two days instead of three.
On his return to the mound, the Yankees’ No. 12 prospect did exactly what he did before, striking out eight batters in five innings of scoreless ball against Richmond.
Despite missing two weeks last month due to a blister, Loaisiga is now 6-0 with a 2.30 ERA, 1.093 WHIP, and a 54:4 K:BB ratio in 43 innings split between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Loaisiga missed two weeks of action because of the blister.
His fastball, which clocks in at 93-96mph, has been used in nine appearances this season (and as high as 98 mph). He also has a low-80s curveball with “Astros-like” spin rate and an upper-80s changeup that are ready for the big leagues.
Loaisiga should be able to prevent further injury issues with this clean, repetitive delivery. You’ve got some time to think, young Tim Lincecum.
Does Jonathan Loáisiga Have Any Kids?
Jonathan Loáisiga does not have any kids that are known to the public as he constantly keeps his life private from the eyes of the media.