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Michael Pineda | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yankees and RHP Michael Pineda avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million contract.
It's a nice raise for Pineda, who was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The big right-hander was excellent when healthy in 2014, holding a 1.89 ERA and 59/7 K/BB ratio over 76 1/3 innings. He's a health risk but has loads of upside for 2015. Jan 16 - 3:23 PM

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Michael Pineda fanned 10 while limiting the Red Sox to one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings Sunday in the Yankees' 9-5 victory.

It was a 'B' lineup that Pineda was facing, but he still would have been strong against David Ortiz and company given the chance today. He really ramped up the strikeouts in his last two starts, fanning 18 batters in 13 2/3 innings. Prior to that, he had 41 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings this season. At this point, Pineda looks like the best bet of any Yankees starter for 2015.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 05:37:00 PM

Michael Pineda pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in the Yankees' 5-0 victory over the Orioles on Monday.

Pineda's incredibly strong return from his shoulder/back injury is the best thing that's happened to the Yankees all year. He struck out eight and walked just one tonight before coming out after 106 pitches. Shawn Kelley, Rich Hill and David Phelps finished the one-hitter. Pineda has a 1.93 ERA and a 49/7 K/BB ratio in 70 innings.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:23:00 PM

Michael Pineda was solid on Tuesday, but wasn't backed by the Yankee offense as he took a loss despite yielding two runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings.

Pineda has been strong since returning to the Yankees' rotation on August 13, posting a 2.30 ERA in seven starts. Against the Rays, he relented four hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. Overall, he owns a 2.15 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and a 41/6 K/BB ratio. Pineda matches up against the Blue Jays at home on Sunday in his next outing.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 11:08:00 PM

Michael Pineda got a no-decision on Thursday, allowing four runs over 7 1/3 innings against the Rays.

Pineda appeared to be in line for a loss as Alex Cobb brought a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but the Yankees walked off winners. Pineda surrendered 10 hits, including two Yunel Escobar home runs that accounted for all four of the Rays' runs. He struck out two and did not issue a walk. It's the first time in 10 starts Pineda had allowed more than two runs. He'll take a 2.20 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 36/4 K/BB ratio into another start against the Rays on Tuesday in Tampa.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 10:26:00 PM

Michael Pineda allowed one run in seven innings against the Royals on Friday.

Pineda was saddled with the loss despite giving up just one run, as he was opposite a brilliant James Shields. Norichika Aoki hit an RBI single off of Pineda in the third inning, but otherwise, Pineda produced a clean line. He struck out four and walked none in his seven innings of work. Pineda has been strong for the Yankees since his return from the DL in early August. He has not given up more than two runs in any of his five starts since August 13. His strikeout totals in these starts (4, 3, 5, 3, 4) have been relatively low, so it'll be interesting to see if he's able to bring those numbers up next year, after he's had a full winter of strength training with (hopefully) no injuries to rehab. On the season, Pineda has a 1.84 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 09:54:00 PM

Michael Pineda gave up two runs over six innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

His only mistake on the day was a two-run homer by Jose Bautista in the first inning, but with Drew Hutchison dealing for Toronto, it was enough to put him on the losing side. He struck out three and walked none in the loss and owns a 2.31 ERA and 15/1 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings over four starts since coming back from the disabled list.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 03:47:00 PM

Michael Pineda pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball Monday as the Yankees topped the Royals 8-1.

Again very strong, Pineda has allowed four runs and walked just one batter in 17 1/3 innings since coming off the disabled list. He got up to 96 pitches tonight after throwing 67 and 89 in his first two starts back. He should be ready to top 100 next time out, though one imagines the Yankees will continue to be very careful with him beyond that point.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:50:00 PM

Michael Pineda got a no-decision after allowing two runs over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

Pineda, making his second start since being activated from the disabled list, held the Astros to four hits and a walk while striking out three. He started the seventh inning, but issued a lead-off walk before being pulled. The Yankees' bullpen would then allow four runs, taking Pineda out of the running for a win. Now with six starts under his belt, Pineda has a 2.05 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 22/4 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Royals on the road on Monday.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:48:00 PM

Michael Pineda, making his first start since April 23, was solid over five innings, allowing one run in a no-decision against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Pineda threw 67 pitches after taking nearly four months to recover from an upper back injury following his suspension for pine tar use. The right-hander gave up only two hits, walked none, and struck out four. Now with five starts under his belt, he has a 1.82 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and a 19/3 K/BB ratio. Pineda will try to go deeper into the game when he takes on the Astros at home next week.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 10:11:00 PM

Yankees activated RHP Michael Pineda from the 60-day disabled list.

Pineda is starting for the Yankees on Wednesday night in Baltimore. It will be his first time on a major league mound since he was ejected (and then suspended) for pine tar use on April 23. Pineda strained a muscle in his upper back while trying to stay in pitching shape during that suspension and took nearly four months to recover. The 25-year-old had a 1.83 ERA over his first 19 2/3 innings this season and could carry significant fantasy value down the stretch.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Michael Pineda has been confirmed as the Yankees' starter for Wednesday's game in Baltimore.

It will be Pineda's first time on a major league mound since he was ejected (and subsequently suspended) for pine tar use on April 23. Pineda strained a muscle in his upper back while throwing on the side during his suspension and is just now returning to full health. The 25-year-old right-hander had a 1.83 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 15/3 K/BB ratio over his first 19 2/3 innings (four starts) this season.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 02:33:00 PM

Michael Pineda (back) looked good in Friday's minor league rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowing one run on six hits over 4 1/3 innings of work while striking out seven.

Pineda threw 72 pitches in the game and afterwards declared himself ready to return to the Yankees. It's expected that he will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday in Baltimore, though he may be on a limited pitch count for that first start back. He's worth the add if available in mixed leagues.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 08:37:00 AM

Michael Pineda (back) is expected to rejoin the Yankees' rotation on August 13 in Baltimore.

Esmil Rogers will make a spot start on Friday as Pineda makes one more rehab start, but the big right-hander will be back next week if all goes well. Pineda has been on the shelf since late April with a strained muscle in upper back, but struck out four over 3 1/3 scoreless frames in his first rehab outing last weekend. Fantasy owners should stash him now if he's still on the waiver wire.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 09:01:00 AM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it's unlikely Michael Pineda (back) will be ready to rejoin the rotation Friday in place of David Phelps (elbow).

Pineda threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his first rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. He's slated to throw 75 pitches in his next rehab start, so it's possible he'll be ready to rejoin the Yankees' rotation next week. "I really don't think it's going to be here," said Girardi. "Sometimes circumstances dictate that you need a guy sooner than maybe they're ready. Sitting here today, I would say our plan is not for [Pineda] to start here on Friday. You want to make sure a guy is healthy. You also want to make sure that they're up to full strength before you throw them out there, because the competitive nature is going to kick in. But you also want him sharp. Obviously he's getting closer."
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 09:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
3John Ryan Murphy
4Juan Graterol
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Garrett Jones
2B1Stephen Drew
2Robert Refsnyder
3Nick Noonan
4Cole Figueroa
5Jonathan Galvez
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Brendan Ryan
3Jose Pirela
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
3Slade Heathcott
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Tyler Austin
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2CC Sabathia
3Michael Pineda
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Chris Capuano
6Scott Baker
7Ivan Nova
8Chase Whitley
9Domingo German
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2Andrew Miller
3David Carpenter
4Justin Wilson
5Adam Warren
6Chasen Shreve
7Bryan Mitchell
8Chris Martin
9Esmil Rogers
10Jared Burton
11Branden Pinder
12Jose De Paula
13Andrew Bailey
14Wilking Rodriguez