Get to know Michael Pineda
The Yankees acquired righthander Michael Pineda, 23, from the Seattle Mariners in a January 2012 trade for Jesus Montero. Here are 10 facts about the Bombers' new starting pitcher.
Compiled by Jim Mancari
Pineda earned his first Major League win on April 12, 2011, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched 7.1 innings allowing two runs while striking out seven. He finished the season 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA.
In 28 starts, Pineda struck out 173 opposing hitters. He struck out 24.9 percent of all batters he faced, the third highest mark in the majors. He also held the second highest K/9 ratio (9.11) in the American League behind Toronto’s Brandon Morrow.
Pineda was one of three American League rookie pitchers selected to the 2011 All-Star Game. The other two were Royals reliever Aaron Crow and Angels closer Jordan Walden. He pitched one perfect inning, striking out Brewers’ Rickie Weeks and Reds’ Scott Rolen.
Assuming Yankees pitching prospect Dellin Betances (6-foot-8) starts the season in the minors, Pineda will join Yanks ace C.C. Sabathia as the tallest pitcher on the team’s staff at 6-foot-7.
Pineda struck out the first batter he ever faced in the big leagues, Texas Rangers All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler, on three pitches.
Pineda was named the 2010 Seattle Mariners Minor League Pitcher of the Year after finishing 11-4 with a 3.36 ERA and 154 strikeouts. He had four games of 10 or more strikeouts that year.
Pineda is basically a two-pitch pitcher, which is rare for a starter. He threw either his four-seam fastball or his slider on more than 90 percent of his pitches in 2011.