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Michael Pineda
Birthdate: 1/18/1989 (28 y, 2 m, 12 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-5/265     Position: P
Contract: $7.4M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Pineda has been tabbed as the third starter, set to make his first start April 5 against the Rays, Bryan Hoch of reports. (3/25/2017)
Profiles:  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: There he is, seventh in all of baseball in a very important stat in a year that looked like it was lost: Michael Pineda and his stellar strikeout-minus-walk rate. Look at the guys sandwiching him: Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale, Corey Kluber. There he is, fourteenth in all of baseball in a very important stat in a year that was lost for many pitchers: Michael Pineda and his 1.38 home runs per nine innings. Look at the guys sandwiching him there: Mike Fiers, Jaime Garcia, Wade Miley. Which group does he belong in? We know he has gas, a great slider, and can limit walks, but is his command any good? And that splitter, which was at times unhittable and at other times just a hanger -- can that be any good? It's taken him forever to stay healthy enough to amass 600 innings, so you can't even zoom out that well -- are his 2011 numbers even relevant any more? Projections love Pineda, and plenty of prognosticators will tell you that you need to buy, buy, buy. This one can't be so definitive, at least not with a guy who was bottom-25 in exit velocity on air balls as Pineda was. As much promise as his strikeout and walk rates offer, his health and command take away. Buy only if he's cheap. (Eno Sarris)

The Quick Opinion: Strikeouts and walks are hugely important, but as we better understand how pitchers can limit the effectiveness of balls in play, we'll find that Pineda gives up hard contact for a reason. Bad command and big velocity are not a great combo when it comes to a fly ball, after all. Buy only if he's cheap.

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