Name is pronounced Mat Your-kin. ... Attended St. Mary's (CA) College. ... Graduated from Napa (CA) High School where helettered thre years in baseball and two years in football ... was voted team MVP and selected all-state as senior for baseball.2011Spent his 8th season with triple-A Fresno and pitched exclusively in starting rotation, going 10-8 with 4.69 ERA (87er, 167.0ip) in 29 starts. ... Matched his then career-high with 9 strikeouts on April 14 vs. Tacoma ... tossed 6.0 innings and yielded ER on three hits and BB, however did not factor into decision. ... Ended month of April tied for Pacific Coast League lead with 29 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched. ... Struck out New Orleans' catcher Vinny Rottino in bottom
of first inning on May 21st to record his 500th strikeout of his professional career. ... Posted best month as starter in June, when he went 1-0
with a 3.67 ERA (11er, 27.0ip) in five outings, notching three quality starts. ... Struck out career-high 10 River Cats on July 15, eclipsing
his previous career-high of nine, last set against Tacoma Rainiers on April 14. ... Tossed season-high 6.1 innings on July 30, striking out eight
batters ... worked into seventh inning for first time in 2011 after reaching exactly 6.0 innings on 14 previous occasions ... with victory, Yourkin set new career-high with eight wins, surpassing seven wins he had in 2010 with Grizzlies ... southpaw also set new single-season career-high in strikeouts with 112, surpassing his total of 110 from 2010 in 12.0 less innings pitched.2010Pitched mostly as starter for triple-A Fresno, posting 7-8 record with 4.24 ERA (64er, 136.0ip) and 110 strikeouts in 29 games (24 starts)...Tallied new career-highs in innings (136.0) and strikeouts (110).2009Signed with San Francisco and had his best minor league season yet, going 6-2 with 2.42 ERA (17er, 63.1ip) in 50 games for double-A Connecticut...Posted 10.2 SO/9.0ip ratio.2008Spent majority of season with double-A Carolina, however also pitched for Class A Advanced Jupiter...posted 3-5 mark with 5.31 ERA (37er. 62.2ip) in 77 games between 2 stops.2007Appeared in 52 games between double-A Carolina and triple-A Albuquerque fashioning 1-1 record with 4.26 ERA (27er, 57.0ip).2006Split time between double-A Carolina and triple-A Albuquerque, going 1-4 with 3.65 ERA (27er, 66.2ip) in 56 games.2005Played between 3 levels (Class A Greensboro, Class A Advanced Jupiter and double-A Carolina), forging 3-5 record with 3.53 ERA (26er, 66.1ip) in 54 games.2004Split time between Class A Greensboro and short-season Jamestown, going 2-3 with 7.34 ERA (22er, 38.0ip) in 27 games.