Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pineda Opens Eyes in Florida

There was mixed response when the Yankees dealt top prospect Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners  prior to the 2012 season for young gun Michael Pineda.

I personally loved the deal; yes getting rid of Montero did not make me happy, but the possible second coming of Felix Hernandez did. Pineda had a fine rookie season and his mid to upper 90's fastball was tantalizing.

Things got off to a rocky start when Pineda came to camp out of shape. Things went from bad to worse when Pineda walked off the mound after getting thumped during a Spring Training game and was in a lot of pain. That pain resulted in shoulder surgery that kept him sidelined for the 2012 season and put his future in doubt.

The fans that were against the deal or on the bubble went ballistic and trashed GM Brian Cashman. Ever hit, home run, or RBI Montero produced just made things worse.

But perhaps there is some room for optimism. Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch reported that Pineda
consistenly hit 93 mph on the radar gun in extended spring training and even hit 95.

A mid-season return for the 24-year old is not out of the question.

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