Right-handed pitcher Jhony Brito signed with the Yankees as an international free agent on November 9, 2015, out of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Brito made his professional debut in 2016 with the Dominican Summer League Yankees. In nine starts he was 0-3 with a 6.81 ERA and struck out 34 batters in 35 2/3 innings with eight walks. Before being promoted to the Gulf Coast League.
In the GCL, Brito was 1-3 in four games with a 5.59 ERA, and 14 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings pitched while walking only one batter.
For the 2017 season, he was assigned to the Staten Island Yankees where he made just three starts, striking out eight batters in 7 2/3 innings before being shut down after being taken out of the game on July 29 against Tri-City Valley Cats. He threw just eight pitches before his arm started bothering him and was removed. The Yankees went on to win the game and complete the third no-hitter in team history.
Brito is a three-pitch pitcher with a fastball, changeup, and curveball. He has a thin frame and uses a 3/4 arm slot delivery.
After missing a considerable amount of time in 2017 before ultimately being shut down due to injury, the Yankees will likely take their time with Brito. However, he is already throwing and will probably start the season back in extended spring training before returning to Staten Island.