Yan Gomes

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Yan Gomes
Yan Gomes 2017 (cropped).jpg
Gomes with the Cleveland Indians in 2017
Washington Nationals
Born: (1987-07-19) July 19, 1987 (age 31)
São Paulo, Brazil
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 17, 2012, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.248
Home runs87
Runs batted in308
Career highlights and awards

Yan Gomes (/ˈjɑːn ˈɡmz/; Portuguese: [ˈjɐ̃ ˈɡomis]; born July 19, 1987) is a Brazilian American professional baseball catcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012 and the Cleveland Indians from 2013 to 2018. Gomes is the first Brazilian-born player in major league history.

Personal life[edit]

Gomes was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His father Décio is a tennis instructor, and his mother is named Cláudia.[1] He was introduced to baseball by a Cuban coach his father met in São Paulo. Gomes's family moved to the United States when he was 12.[1][2]

Gomes married Jenna Hammaker, daughter of former pitcher and All-Star Atlee Hammaker, in 2012.[1] The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Brooklyn, in 2014 and in 2017 they welcomed their second child, son Greyson.[3]


Amateur career[edit]

Gomes attended Miami Southridge High School in Miami, Florida, where he played for the school's baseball team.[1] He enrolled at the University of Tennessee, where he played college baseball for the Tennessee Volunteers in the Southeastern Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. At Tennessee, he started at every infield position except shortstop. He also spent a season as J. P. Arencibia's backup at catcher.[2] After his first season with Tennessee, he was named an NCAA Division I Freshman All-American.[2]

Gomes was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 39th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, but he did not sign.[4] After playing two seasons with the Volunteers, Gomes transferred to Barry University, where he continued his collegiate career with the Barry Buccaneers in the Sunshine State Conference. He set school records with 92 runs batted in (RBI) and 172 total bases.[4] He was named to the All-South regional team,[5] and he was honored as the All-South player of the year and an All-American.[4] After his junior season, the Toronto Blue Jays drafted Gomes in the tenth round of the 2009 MLB Draft, and he signed.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Gomes made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Blue Jays of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2009. He was promoted to the Auburn Doubledays of the Class A-Short Season New York–Pennsylvania League that season. In 2010, he played for the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League and Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.[7] Gomes played most of the 2011 season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Class AA Eastern League,[8] receiving a brief promotion to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. During his first three professional seasons, Gomes spent most of his time as a backup catcher, but he soon began to receive playing time at first base and third base as well, as he sat behind top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud in the organization's depth chart.[2]

After batting .359 (47-for-131) with five home runs and 22 RBI at the start of the 2012 season with Las Vegas, Gomes was promoted on May 17, 2012 as the Blue Jays optioned the struggling Adam Lind to Las Vegas. Upon his MLB debut that day, Gomes became the first Brazilian player in MLB history.[9][10] On the same day, Gomes got his first MLB hit, a single off of New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes.[11] On May 18, 2012, Gomes hit his first ever MLB home run on the first pitch off of New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese in a 14–5 win. Gomes was optioned back to Las Vegas on May 27. He hit 5–22 with 2 HR in 8 games.[12] Gomes was recalled from Triple-A on June 5, with pitcher Jesse Chavez being optioned to make room for him.[13] Gomes was sent back down to Triple-A Las Vegas 51s on June 20. Gomes was again recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas 51s on July 19; pitcher Sam Dyson was optioned to Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats to make room on the roster.[14] Gomes was optioned back to the Las Vegas 51s after an 11–2 loss to the Texas Rangers on August 19.[15][16] Gomes was recalled to the Blue Jays active roster on September 7 after the Las Vegas 51s season ended.[17]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On November 3, 2012, the Blue Jays announced that they had traded Gomes and Mike Aviles to the Cleveland Indians for Esmil Rogers.[18] The Indians recalled Gomes from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on April 9, 2013.[19] Gomes' first hit as an Indian was a 2-run HR on April 13, 2013 against the Chicago White Sox. Gomes was returned to Columbus on April 24 when Lou Marson came off the disabled list. He was brought back up on April 28 when Marson was returned to the disabled list.[20] On July 30, 2013, Gomes faced André Rienzo, the first Brazilian pitcher in MLB history. He finished 1–2 with a walk and a single off Rienzo.

Gomes and the Indians finalized a six-year, $23 million extension on March 31, 2014.[21]

On August 9, 2017, Yan Gomes hit a walk-off 3-run home run against Colorado Rockies in a 4-1 win, which is his second walk-off home run in his career.

Batting .251 with ten home runs and 31 RBIs, Gomes was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. He became the first Brazilian player to be featured in an All-Star Game in an American sports league.[22]

Washington Nationals[edit]

On November 30, 2018, Gomes was traded to the Washington Nationals for right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodríguez, minor league outfielder Daniel Johnson, and a player to be named later.[23]

World Baseball Classic[edit]

Gomes helped the Brazilian national team qualify for its first ever berth in the World Baseball Classic by leading them out of the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifying round. Gomes was the only Major Leaguer on Brazil's team for the qualifiers and helped his team advance despite the other teams in the pool at the time boasting several Major Leaguers. He opted not to participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic to focus on winning a spot on the Indians' Opening Day roster.[24][25]


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  11. ^ "MLB.com Gameday | MLB.com: Gameday". Mlb.mlb.com. May 17, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Blue Jays bring back versatile Yan Gomes
  14. ^ Chisholm, Gregor. "Gomes called back up to Blue Jays". MLB.com.
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  16. ^ Lott, John (August 19, 2012). "Texas Rangers chase Henderson Alvarez in rout of Toronto Blue Jays". TheNationalPost.com. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
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  18. ^ "Blue Jays Acquire Rodgers". MLB.com. November 3, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  19. ^ Grayshock, Rick (April 9, 2013). "Lou Marson to DL; Indians call up catchers Yan Gomes and Omir Santos". Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  20. ^ "Indians put C Marson on DL, recall Gomes, Barnes". April 28, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  21. ^ "Yan Gomes signs six-year deal". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  22. ^ https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2018/07/yan_gomes_announced_as_an_amer.html
  23. ^ http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/25420692/cleveland-indians-trade-catcher-yan-gomes-washington-nationals
  24. ^ Bastain, Jordan (January 17, 2013). "Gomes may pass on Classic, focus on Indians". MLB.com. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  25. ^ Hoynes, Paul (February 28, 2013). "Six Cleveland Indians are honored to be World Baseball Classic-bound". Cleveland.com. Retrieved April 8, 2014.

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