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Will Michael Pineda Be The Yankees Ace?

Back in 2011 during his only season in the big leagues, it looked like Michael Pineda was the next big thing in baseball. Pitching for a 67-95 Seattle Mariners team, Pineda managed to go 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA. In 171 innings pitched, Pineda struck out 173 batters and only allowed 133 hits. It had looked as if the Mariners had a bright future with a 1-2 punch of Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda at the top of their pitching staff.

Three seasons later, Michael Pineda is now a member of the New York Yankees, and hasn't pitched in a major league game since the 2011 season. Pineda has been dealing with shoulder issues after suffering an anterior labral tear in his pitching arm.

However the 25 year old has bounced back and the Yankees have named him their fifth pitcher in their starting rotation.

Pineda had a dominating spring as he struck out 16 batters in 15 innings and walked just one. His ERA was 1.20 and a WHIP of 1.00.

Pineda will be the anchor behind CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova in the Yankees rotation.

The upside is there for Pineda as long as he can avoid further injuries. And being that Sabathia has shown signs of breaking down, Kuroda is 39, Tanaka has never pitched in the majors and Nova is very inconsistent, there is a good chance Pineda can be the face of this pitching staff.