Kyle Yates, the young hurler for Toronto, is a product of the University of Texas and was selected in the 13th round of the 2004 draft. After going a combined 11-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 2005 at Low-A, and High-A, the organization promoted Yates to Double-A New Hampshire to begin the 2005 season. Yates struggled to begin the 2006 season going 0-5 with a 7.15 ERA. The organization then sent him down to Dunedin to work out his flaws, and after 14 innings (2 starts), he was ready to go back to New Hampshire after allowing just one run. After his return to New Hampshire he went 6-3 with a 2.97 ERA.
After he finished strong with New Hampshire the Blue Jays decided to send Yates to the Arizona Fall League to gain more experience.
Yates simply dominated the Arizona Fall League going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 innings, while issuing just 6 walks and fanning 25 batters.
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