Larry Rothschild, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia.
Michael Pineda has a change-up, but you probably would not know it unless you watch him very closely when he pitches or read his scouting reports, because he only used it three percent of the time in 2011.
There is a reason for that: It is unfinished.
When he has his change-up locked down, which he does occasionally, it is a true plus pitch. But it will take some work with Yankee pitching coach Larry Rothschild before he is comfortable using it as a true complement to his fastball.
Pineda's incredibly high 0.95 HR/9 in 2011, despite pitching 45 percent of his innings at home, can be attributed to this pitch. He tends to leave it floating in the middle of the zone without much drop, which means it might as well be batting practice for major league hitters.
If he can work on this pitch and not use it very often until he has mastered both pitching and locating it, he can keep down his number of fly balls and home runs.
When he does master this pitch, which could be sometime in 2012, he will have three pitches that he can locate and make hitters swing and miss.
Throw in great mentors, such as CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera, and Pineda is in great hands to succeed.