Battling command issues over three innings on Sunday, New York Yankees flamethrower Michael Pineda surrendered four runs and four walks in a rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton.
Throwing only 32 of 67 pitches for strikes, the 24-year-old Pineda clearly endured the most ineffective outing of his comeback.
Nevertheless, consistently hitting 93 mph on the radar, the 6-foot-7, 260 pound Dominican continues to exhibit a powerful and overwhelming fastball.
Gunning a heater that averaged 94.7 mph as a Mariners rookie in 2011, Pineda is overflowing with potential.
Now 6.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East at 42-39, Pineda possesses the type of arm the Yankees need to even compete on One East 161st Street in the Bronx.
Provided the 2011 All-Star returns healthy and not reeking of booze, Michael Pineda could become Gotham’s newest hero shortly after the All-Star Game.by