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43 Rafael Ynoa LF
Height/Weight: 6-0/185 | Birthdate: 8/7/1987 | Birthplace: Santiago, DR | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Colorado | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rockies option INF/OF Rafael Ynoa to Triple-A on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) The Rockies have optioned infielder/outfielder Rafael Ynoa to Triple-A Alburquerque. Ynoa has struggled this year as a part-time player. In 52 games, he owns a .225 batting average with just four extra-base hits (all doubles) in 89 at-bats.

Ynoa's demotion clears a roster spot for Drew Stubbs, who was recalled from Triple-A on Thursday.


Rockies LF Ben Paulsen draws first start of the year on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Rockies outfielder Ben Paulsen is in the starting lineup for the first time this season on Wednesday against the Phillies, replacing Rafael Ynoa, the team announced.

Ynoa and Paulsen will likely split time while Corey Dickerson is on the 15-day DL with a foot injury. Ynoa is hitting .243 with three doubles in 37 at-bats this season.

Paulsen hit .256 with 15 RBI in 125 at-bats for Triple-A Albuquerque this season.


Rockies LF Corey Dickerson (foot) out of lineup for third straight day


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) For the third straight game, Corey Dickerson (foot) is out of the lineup Tuesday when the Rockies host the Phillies.

Dickerson has been battling plantar fasciitis for most of the season.

It was reported earlier Tuesday by MLB.com that Dickerson is likely head to the disabled list.

Rafael Ynoa will get the start in left field, batting seventh.

Charlie Blackmon started in left the last two games but returns to center field Tuesday and will bat leadoff.


Rockies recall INF Rafael Ynoa from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) The Rockies recalled infielder Rafael Ynoa from Triple-A Albuquerque prior to Saturday's game against the Dodgers, per the team's official website. Ynoa hit .241/.269/.310 in 29 at-bats earlier this season with the Rockies.

He will take Justin Morneau's spot on the roster. Morneau was placed on the 7-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms.


Rockies recall Yohan Flande, option Rafael Ynoa


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) The Rockies recalled pitcher Yohan Flande from Double-A New Britain on Thursday and optioned infielder Rafael Ynoa to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Flande struggled with the Rockies in 10 starts and six relief appearances last year but was 5-0 with a 1.36 ERA and 30:4 K:BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings with New Britain. Ynoa has hit .241/.269/.310 in 29 at-bats with the Rockies.


Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Dickerson out of the lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Rockies outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Corey Dickerson are out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers, the team announced.

Gonzalez has started 10 of the last 11 games for Colorado and will be replaced by Charlie Blackmon in right. Gonzalez is hitting .198 in 91 at-bats this season. Dickerson has started 12 of the last 13 games for the team and will be replaced by Drew Stubbs in center. Rafael Ynoa will make his fifth start of the year in left field. 

The Rockies are currently the underdogs (+170) against Los Angeles.


Tulowitzki, Hundley out of Rockies' lineup Sunday for rest


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Troy Tulowitzki and Nick Hundley are both out of the Rockies’ starting lineup Sunday to rest against the Padres.

Rafael Ynoa will get his first start of the year at shortstop, batting seventh, while Michael McKenry gets the nod at catcher and will bat fifth.


Nolan Arenado out of Rockies' lineup, may pinch hit


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game. 

Arenado also missed Monday's game with a sore left wrist. He was able to swing a bat earlier in the day and is available to pinch hit, if necessary, per MLB.com.

Rafael Ynoa got the start at third base for the second straight day and is batting ninth in the order. 


Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado scratched from lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was scratched from the starting lineup Monday, according to the Denver Post.

Arenado, who is hitting .311 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 45 at-bats this season, had no issues before the game, but is dealing with a sore left wrist, according to the report. Rafael Ynoa will take his place at third and bat eighth in the game.


Rafael Betancourt, Rafael Ynoa land spots on Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Rockies purchased the contract of pitcher Rafael Betancourt while also informing infielder Rafael Ynoa that he has made the team's Opening Day roster Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Betancourt, who turns 40 in late April, didn't pitch last season while recovering from an elbow injury, but he was able to land a spot in the Rockies bullpen by giving up just one earned run in 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking one. He'll join closer LaTroy Hawkins, 42, in giving the Rockies' bullpen a pair of the league's eldest statesmen.

Ynoa earned his spot by hitting .309/.333/.364 in 55 spring at-bats.


Rockies' Adames, Ynoa with slim chance of making Opening Day team


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Rockies prospects Cristhian Adames and Rafael Ynoa know their odds aren't great to make the Opening Day roster, but are taking advantage of the extra playing time this spring, reports MLB.com.

Adames, who primarily plays shortstop, has received work at every position in the infield this year after hitting .353 in the Dominican Winter League.

"I worked to hit the ball the other way, every time, and I played all three positions -- third, second, short," said Adames. "I worked in the Dominican on my running, and it's helped me with my defense." 

Ynoa is just glad to have the opportunity to play in the majors at some point this year.

"Most of my teammates got called up, and I was frustrated -- it's tough when you see you are part of a winning team, playing every day and putting your effort in and you're still stuck in the same spot," Ynoa said. "I went to the Fall League and every year I was an everyday player. But that's life. Nothing is easy.


Rockies' Rafael Ynoa focusing on swing and defensive approach


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Rockies infielder Rafael Ynoa took advantage of his first opportunity with the team after being called up last September, but he's aware of the aspects of his game that need work if he's to stick on the major-league roster, the Denver Post reports.

"I need to work more on my swing and my approach defensively," Ynoa said. "I need to be good in all the positions in the infield. So if they need me up there, I’ll be able to do that. Because I know that will be my job."

Ynoa hit .343/.380/.463 in 67 at-bats during his 19 games with the Rockies last season. He then hit hit .293 in the Dominican winter league before shutting it down, per the team's request.


Rafael Ynoa drives in three runs in four-hit night Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Rockies third baseman Rafael Ynoa went 4 for 5 with two doubles, one triple and three RBI in his team's 15-3 win over the Diamondbacks Friday.

Ynoa has done well since being brought up at the beginning of September, entering the game 11 for 31 in 10 appearances. However, all 11 of his previous hits had been singles before he came through with three extra-base hits Friday. He has now hit .417/.417/.528 in 35 at-bats.


Rockies bring up three from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Rockies purchased the contract of infielder Rafael Ynoa from Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled left-hander Yohan Flande and first baseman Ben Paulsen from Colorado Springs.

Rockies ship six down to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) The Rockies optioned Rob Scahill and re-assigned Brooks Brown, Greg Burke, Matt McBride, Ben Paulsen and Rafael Ynoa all down to minor-league camp on Saturday, the team announced.

Rockies sign three to minor-league deals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2013) The Rockies have signed second baseman Rafael Ynoa and pitchers Pedro Hernandez and Nate Striz to minor-league deals, Baseball America reports.

Ynoa hit .267/.338/.370 with six home runs, 33 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 484 at-bats with Double-A Chattanooga in 2013. Hernandez went 3-3 with a 6.83 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 29:23 K:BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings with the Twins. Striz went 1-4 with a 3.14 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 59:26 K:BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings with high Class A Salem.