When the Yankees and Mariners exchanged 22-year-old blue chip prospects in 2012, both teams figured to immediately reap the benefits. The Mariners netted one of the game’s best catching prospects in Jesus Montero and the Yankees received one of the most high-powered young arms in Michael Pineda. Montero has been vastly underwhelming in Seattle, hitting just .208 in 29 games in 2013 before tearing his meniscus in his left knee. But, the real disappointment has been Pineda, who has yet to pitch a single inning in pinstripes since being acquired by New York. However, all that is about to change, as Pineda declared himself “100 %” for the beginning of spring training.
Now twenty-five, Pineda will compete for the 5th spot in a revamped Yankees rotation, hoping to prove that he has regained his velocity. While at his best, Pineda features a fastball in the high 90’s, complemented by a power-slider and a changeup. As the Yankees look to sculpt a new identity, the highly talented Pineda could be a potent arm in the newly-founded, lethal arsenal that is the Bronx Bombers rotation.