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35 Michael Pineda SP
Height/Weight: 6-7/260 | Birthdate: 1/18/1989 | Birthplace: Yaguate, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary: $528,475 | Owned/Started%: 97/78 | Average Draft Position: 140.32
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Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda strikes out eight in win on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda allowed one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work in New York's 4-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday.

Pineda made just one mistake on the day when he allowed a solo home run to Mike Moustakas in the first inning. After that, Pineda settled down and recorded eight strikeouts with just one walk in the rest of his outing. 

"It's nice, I feel very happy today," Pineda said to NJ.com. "Get a win in the game and threw a pretty good start, so it's good for me. My last two starts [weren't] great, but today I threw the ball good and I competed in the mound and got a win in the game. I continue to help my team. That's what I'm looking for."

Pineda, now 6-2, moved his ERA to 3.36 in 64 1/3 innings of work this season. He will look to keep things rolling on Monday against the Mariners.

"I'm working to throw my slider a little down and today that's what we [did]," Pineda said. "When they have my slider, it's tough for the hitter because I'm throwing it, and my slider is really good. That's what I'm looking for. So I threw my slider and get it out."


Yankees P Michael Pineda struggles in loss to Rangers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda gave up seven runs — four earned — in Friday night's 10-9 loss to the Rangers. 

Pineda gave up eight hits and one walk while striking out four. He gave up two home runs — one to Prince Fielder and one to Mitch Moreland. He now has a 3.59 ERA this season. 

After five consecutive games with three earned runs or less, Pineda has hit a bit of a skid with nine in his last two, along with 18 total hits. Pineda's record is still a strong 5-2 with not a lot to be concerned about with him despite his past two outings.

Pineda's next start is projected for May 27 against the Royals. 


Yankees starter Michael Pineda gives up career-high 10 hits in loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Yankees starter Michael Pineda (5-1) allowed five runs and a career-high 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Royals.

Pineda, who had struck out 16 in this last start, fanned just one batter in Friday's defeat.

Pineda's next start is set for Friday against the Rangers.

Michael Pineda strikes out 16 in dominant win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda struck out 16 batters without walking anyone in Sunday's win over Baltimore. 

Pineda was two shy of Ron Guidry's team-record 18 strikeouts in a game, tying David Wells and David Cone for second most in Yankees history. He's the first MLB pitcher with 16 strikeoutsand no walks in a game since Johan Santana on August 19, 2007.

"That's as good as we've seen him," manager Joe Girardi said to NJ.com. "He recorded 21 outs and 16 were strikeouts. He was able to give most of the bullpen the day off today, and we needed that. But God, he was really good."

Pineda allowed one run on a solo home run and gave up six hits over seven innings. His ERA is now 2.40 and his record 5-0.

"In 2011, I had a really good season, and [Seattle] traded me here to the Yankees and I got hurt," Pineda said. "It was very painful for me, for everyone, but thanks to God, today I was able to show them that I am fine, and I'm ready to help my team. I'm very proud of how things are turning out, and I hope that everything keeps turning out that way."

Pineda threw 81 strikes in 111 pitches. His next start is Friday, at Kansas City. 


Yankees starter Michael Pineda goes eight scoreless in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing five hits in New York's 6-3 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Pineda did not allow a runner to get past second base until the third inning when Russell Martin doubled, pushing Devon Travis to third. Pineda worked his way out of the jam by forcing Edwin Encarnacion to line out to left field. Pineda threw 101 pitches, 70 going for strikes, in his outing.

He lowered his ERA to 2.97 in 39 1/3 innings of work. Pineda, now 4-0, will look to keep rolling Sunday against the Orioles. 


Yankees' Michael Pineda allows two runs in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda gave up two earned runs in Wednesday's no-decision against the Rays. The Yankees lost 3-2 in 13 innings. 

Pineda went 5 2/3 innings and struck out five batters. He allowed six hits and walked zero hitters. Pineda now has an ERA of 3.73.

"I thought he threw the ball pretty well," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, via NJ.com. "They made him work after the first inning pretty hard and his pitch count got up, but he gave up the two runs and gave us a great opportunity to win."

Pineda wasn't expected to pitch until Friday. An injury to Masahiro Tanaka forced Pineda to fill in Wednesday instead. 

"When they tell me that, I said 'Don't worry, I'll be ready for pitching' because today is my fifth day for pitching," Pineda said.

His next start is projected for May 5 against the Blue Jays. 


Yankees starter Michael Pineda improves to 3-0 in Friday's win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (3-0) allowed one run and struck out in 7 in 7 2/3 innings on Friday to defeat the Mets.

The outing was his longest of the season.

"He's dominant," Yankees catcher Brian McCann said of Pineda's performance.

After drawing a no decision in his first start, he's now won three straight starts.

"We’ve seen so much from Michael since he went through his injury, how many strikes he throws, the development of his changeup, his mechanics have become very sound, he holds runners -- he just does a lot of things right,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I’ve said all along, if we get 30-to-32 starts out of him, I think it will be really good. He also has power, and we’ll see more of that as it warms up."

Pineda's next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Rays.


Yankees' Michael Pineda earns second win of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Yankees starter Michael Pineda moved to 2-0 on the season, helping New York finish a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay on Sunday. 

Pineda allowed three runs in five and two thirds innings. He allowed seven hits, including a two-run home run by Steven Souza Jr.

Pineda walked one and struck out five. He threw 58 strikes in 92 pitches and lowered his ERA to 5.00. He next pitches Friday, against the Mets and Jacob deGrom.  


Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda strikes out nine in win Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda allowed five runs on nine hits in New York's 6-5 win over the Orioles Monday. Pineda added nine strikeouts with no walks in his first win of the season.

Pineda had issues in the second inning, allowing back-to-back doubles to Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, leading to two runs for Baltimore. Then in the sixth, Pineda gave up a two-run home run to Adam Jones before finishing the inning with a strikeout.

Pineda now posts a 5.11 ERA and will look to keep rolling Sunday against the Rays.


Yankees' Michael Pineda strikes out six in debut vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda didn't factor into the decision in his season debut Wednesday after surrendering two earned runs on six hits and one walk in six innings and striking out six in his team's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Pineda is coming off an excellent showing in a shortened 2014 season that featured a 1.89 ERA and 59:7 K:BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. He'll square off against the Orioles in Baltimore Monday.


Yankees set pitching rotation for opening series


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Yankees have set their starting rotation for the first three games of the season, against the Blue Jays. 

RHP Masahiro Tanaka will start Monday's opener. After an off day on Tuesday, the Yankees will start RHP Michael Pineda on Wednesday and LHP CC Sabathia on Thursday.


Yankees' Michael Pineda finishes spring with 23:1 K:BB ratio


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda finished his spring training campaign on a high note, allowing only one run on six hits and no walks while striking out six over 5 1/3 innings of work in a 6-2 split-squad victory over the Pirates. Pineda finished Grapefruit League play with a 1.42 ERA and a 23:1 K:BB ratio over 19 innings of work.

"It's good. I'm very happy for that. I'm not really paying attention, but thank you for telling me about it," Pineda said of his K:BB ratio, per MLB.com. "I'm very happy because I'm feeling, in spring training today, it's a really good number. I'm very happy. It's what I try to do: throw a strike when I get on the mound and get an out."


Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda tosses five strikeouts in outing Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda threw five scoreless innings Friday against the Phillies with five strikeouts and five hits allowed. 

Pineda, who has a 1.32 ERA so far this spring, did not allow more than a single to any hitter in his appearance.


Yankees tab Masahiro Tanaka for Opening Day start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Friday starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will start Opening Day (April 6) against the Blue Jays. It will be his first Opening Day start.

Girardi added Tanaka will be followed in the rotation by Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi. Sabathia has started the last six openers for New York.

“We feel that’s the way it works the best. We feel that gives everybody a chance to be pretty ready,” Girardi said, per the New York Post. “Tanaka will be on a little bit of a pitch count the first time. We just like the way it works for our guys.”

The Yankees have not yet officially announced a fifth starter, but general manager Brian Cashman indicated earlier this week Adam Warren is the favorite to land the final spot in the rotation.

Tanaka and Sabathia were considered the top two candidates to start Opening Day. However, Girardi held off in making the decision as he wanted to see how both pitchers responded this spring coming off injury-plagued campaigns in 2014. While Sabathia is coming off knee surgery, Tanaka did not undergo surgery last season for a partially torn UCL. Although, he did miss a few months due to the elbow injury.

Tanaka is 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in three spring starts. He also has 12 strikeouts to just one walk in 10 1/3 innings.


Michael Pineda strikes out six for Yankees


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Michael Pineda struck out six of the 15 batters he faced in three and two thirds innings of work, Saturday. 

A two-run home run by Chris Carter in the first inning was the onlyl damage, as Pineda allowed four hits and didn't walk a batter. 

For the spring, Pineda has struck out 12 batters in eight and two thirds innings, allowing five hits and one walk to post a 2.08 ERA. 


Yankees' Pineda, Eovaldi combine for five scoreless innings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Yankees starting pitchers Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi combined for five scoreless innings during Monday's spring game against the Rays.

Pineda, who was making his spring debut, opened the game with two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and racked up two strikeouts.

"I like the command and my offspeed pitches," said Pineda, who threw 17 of 25 pitches for strikes, per MLB.com. "My changeup and my slider are very good today. I'm excited because the command is there and everything is good."

Eovaldi, who was making his second spring outing, pitched three innings in relief. He allowed three hits, but he also recorded five strikeouts. Eovaldi lowered his ERA from 4.50 to 1.80.

"I felt like I did pretty good," Eovaldi said. "I ran into some trouble in the second inning, but I was able to get out of a jam. I felt good for the most part. It felt like I was rushing a little bit on some of my offspeed pitches, but other than that, I felt pretty good."


Yankees' Michael Pineda to make spring debut Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will make his spring debut Monday, Sportsradio 66 WFAN reports.

Pineda excelled in 13 starts last season, going 5-5 with a 1.89 ERA and 59:7 K:BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. He dealt with a suspension and a shoulder issue in 2014.


Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda feeling good after bullpen session


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda threw a bullpen session and live batting practice Sunday and said he felt no issues, reports NJ.com.

"I feel pretty good, everything is good," Pineda said. "My fastball's coming out, my other pitches have good [movement.]"


Rothschild: Yankees pondering using a sixth starter in April and May


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Wednesday the team is considering using a sixth starter at times in April and May to help reduce a potential early strain on their rotation, per MLB.com. The Yankees have a stretch of 30 games in 31 days beginning April 17.

"It's a result of some of the stuff that's gone on over the last few years, not just here, but everywhere," Rothschild said. "We're aware of situations here and early in the season, we need to get these guys through these stretches. Being that possibly early in the spring, some of them aren't going to be able to throw a lot, we're going to need to build them up too and give them the extra days when we can."

CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and Chris Capuano are expected to make up the team's five-man rotation. However, Tanaka, Sabathia and Pineda were all injured last season, as the Yankees used 13 starting pitchers.

Bryan MitchellEsmil RogersAdam Warren and Chase Whitley are some of the other pitchers that will be stretched out this spring.

"It'd be nice to go through a season with five starters, but there's a good chance we're not going to," Rothschild said. "There's a good chance every team in baseball won't, so it doesn't hurt to see who might fit in as a sixth starter."


Yankees SP Michael Pineda: 'I want to be ready for 200 innings'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said starting pitcher Michael Pineda is past the pine-tar incident that led to a 10-game suspension in 2014. Pineda was suspended after he was caught with pine tar on his neck during an April 23 start at Boston.

“There’s no excuses − it was a mistake and we were all involved and I think he’s learned,” Rothschild said Thursday, per the New York Daily News. “He didn’t need it at the end (of the season) and I haven’t seen where he’s even thought about it.”

Aside from the suspension, Pineda also missed a great deal of time in 2014 due to injury. Injuries have plagued Pineda in his young MLB career. He missed the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to a shoulder injury and has made just 13 starts since making 28 as a rookie in 2011 with the Mariners.

"I want to be healthy and strong,” Pineda said. “I want to be ready for 200 innings."

While Pineda has the potential to be one of the Yankees' top starting pitchers, Rothschild said it is up to the right-hander to show he can be a top arm in the rotation.

“I can say what I think but it doesn’t matter -- he’s going to have to prove it," Rothschild said. "If he picks up where he left off last year, we’ll obviously be really happy. You can’t expect him to be perfect all the time. It’s a long season. As long as he can grind his way through it -- stay healthy is the biggest thing and you’re going to hear me say that a lot this year, unfortunately.

“It’d be nice to have him for a full year and make sure he’s completely over the hump because shoulders, you just never know about. So far, knock on wood, he’s handled it pretty well.”


Yankees avoid arbitration with SP Michael Pineda


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda avoided arbitration, settling on a one-year contract worth $2.1 million for next season, the Journal News reports Friday. 

Pineda went 5-5 with a 1.89 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and 59:7 K:BB ratio over 76 1/3 innings last season. He was suspended 10 games for his use of pine tar on the mound, and sustained a shoulder injury upon his return, which limited him to 13 starts.


Michael Pineda spins 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda got back on track with a gem Monday night at home against Baltimore, improving to 4-5 on the year. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out eight over 7 1/3 scoreless innings of a 5-0 victory.

Pineda owns a 1.93 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 12 starts (70 innings). He will look to end the season at .500 on Sunday against the Red Sox in Boston.


Michael Pineda strikes out five in loss vs. Rays Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda took a loss Tuesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Rays.

Pineda (3-5) tossed four scoreless innings before the Rays broke through with a run on an error in the fifth. The second run against the starter came on a bunt single in the sixth with runners on the corners. Pineda owns a 2.15 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 41:6 K:BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Orioles Monday.


Michael Pineda settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda wasn't a factor into the decision Thursday night at home against the Rays. He allowed four runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out two over 7 1/3 innings of a 5-4 win.

Over his last three starts covering 20 1/3 innings, Pineda has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 2.20 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 10 starts (57 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

Michael Pineda can't pull out the win Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda turned in a fantastic start Friday against the Royals.

Pineda allowed one run on three hits over seven innings. His only run of the game was unearned. He struck out four and did not issue any walks during the outing. Pineda allowed his only run in the third inning. After Alcides Escobar reached second on a throwing error, Pineda gave up a run-scoring single to Norichika Aoki. Pineda was able to get out of the inning without giving up any additional runs. 

The Yankees couldn’t get anything going against James Shields. Because of that, Pineda was saddled with the loss. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start.