Working the Wire: Seattle Mariner Starting Pitcher Michael Pineda

Andrew SwansonContributor IIApril 15, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 12:  Starting pitcher Michael Pineda #36 of the Seattle Mariners talks with catcher Miguel Olivo #30 during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Safeco Field on April 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Mariners boast one of the best young arms in the American League. A flame-throwing pitcher who possesses a knee-buckling slider, an excellent changeup and a blazing fastball that has been clocked in the triple digits. No, I am not referring to reigning AL CY Young winner Felix Hernandez, but rather rookie sensation Michael Pineda. 

With just two starts under his belt this season, it may be premature to anoint Pineda as the Robin to King Felix’s Batman. After all, the 21-year-old Dominican prospect has just one major league win under his belt and has yet to experience the grind of a full major league season. Only time tell if young Pineda has the focus and moxie required to succeed in the pressure-filled major leagues.

Until that time comes, Pineda is certainly worth a waiver wire pick in all fantasy baseball formats. His 11 strikeouts and 2.70 ERA over his first two big league starts provide a small sample size of evidence that he will be an above average strikeout pitcher, and his spot at the bottom of the Mariner rotation ensures that he will pitch in favorable match ups against opponents’ lower tier starters. 

Pineda is available in 74 percent of Yahoo leagues; a number that will certainly change when owners review his excellent performance on Tuesday against the Blue Jays. I recommend picking him up before he becomes a well-known commodity in fantasy circles.

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