Discussion thread for Michael Pineda, recently acquired SP for the NYY. Basic Pitch Information: Fastball - 62.2% / 94.7mph Slider - 31.5% / 84.1mph Circle Changeup - 6.3% / 87.6mph Cutter - ??? Two-Seamer - ??? (source: fangraphs.com) Representative Pitch Data horzspeed.php-pitchSel=501381&game=gid_2011_07_30_tbamlb_seamlb_1&batterX=0&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp.jpg speed2.php-pitchSel=501381&game=gid_2011_07_30_tbamlb_seamlb_1&batterX=0&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_ty.jpg Notes Traded from Mariners to NYY on 01/13/12 for Jesus Montero.
A snippet from Josh's article at IATMS on Pineda after the trade:
While Pineda’s repertoire lacks in variety, it more than compensates with effectiveness. Last year his fastball generated swings-and-misses 9 percent of the time, which is significantly above the major league average of around 7 percent. His slider is even more effective, inducing whiffs at around 19 percent — a similar rate to A.J. Burnett‘s curveball. Overall, he got swings-and-misses on about 12 percent of his pitches — the best rate in the MLB.
Lucas and I are have both looked at his fastballs and tried to pick out his two-seamers. I have <1%, Lucas has a post at FG going up later. Any links or press notes about him trying/using it?
Prospect Insider has an article from 8-2-2010; mention a developing Cutter but no mention of Two-Seam (also note that the Changeup Grip is a circle change):
I'm guessing that cutter never made it off the farm.
Heavy on four-seam. I picked out 23 sinkers against 1,602 four-seamers.
He uses an interesting grip for his slider, as his index finger is off the ball (similar to Adam Wainwright's curveball grip):
Sometimes it looks almost palmball-y, but he's gripping the ball firmly with his middle finger.
Here are some other images of Pineda's interesting slider grip, as Lucas talked about previously: