Feb 14, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35), catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) and pitching coach Larry Rothschild (58) talk as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Girardi sees 'more polished' Michael Pineda

When the Yankees traded Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for All-Star Michael Pineda, many thought the Yankees came out on top.

Pineda has yet to pitch in pinstripes. At the beginning of 2012, Pineda was placed on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. He then suffered a tear in his right shoulder, resulting in surgery and ruling him out for that season. Until July, Pineda was still rehabbing from the shoulder surgery. He pitched the last half of the season for the Yankees’ Triple-A team and this year, he has a chance to finally debut for the Bronx Bombers.

So far, Pineda’s thrown a couple of bullpen sessions, and Joe Girardi feels like the 25-year old is improving, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

How the ball is coming out of his hand is the biggest thing for me…it’s coming out easy. I don’t see him overthrowing and the stuff being sharp, hitting his spots with some sink and some run to it…His mechanics look much more polished than they were a couple of years ago…He’s much more consistent in his delivery.

In his rookie year in Seattle, Pineda started 28 games with a 9-10 record and a 3.74 ERA with a 9.1 K/9 and 3.15 K/BB ratio. He made an All-Star appearance and finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2011.

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