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Michael Pineda is the player on the Yankees this season that will have the most pressure on him.
General Manager Brian Cashman traded beloved top prospect Jesus Montero and formidable pitcher Hector Noesi for Pineda and prospect Jose Campos this offseason. This gave the Yankees a young controllable pitcher that has ace potential in Pineda and another prospect that is expected to produce at the majors level in Campos.
Fans absolutely loved Montero, so Pineda will be expected to perform or else he may suffer the wrath of the Yankee faithful this season.
The first question is where will Pineda pitch in the rotation? Will he pitch behind CC Sabathia or will he be slotted behind Kuroda in the three hole? Also, can he repeat his success from his rookie season, or will he suffer the ever unfortunate sophomore slump?