Minors: Pineda moving up prospect ranks 

June, 24, 2010
A little more than a month ago, I profiled Mike Trout, who had shot up prospect lists as a hitter this season. Well, the Seattle Mariners' Michael Pineda is doing the same thing among pitchers.

The 21-year-old didn't get much attention before the season started, largely because of an elbow problem that limited him to just 47 1/3 innings last year, all but three of them at high Class A. However, he was dominant when he did pitch, with a 52-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and he was coming off a 2008 stateside debut (after two years in the Dominican Summer League) that saw him post a sub-2.00 ERA in 138 innings in the low Class A Midwest League, with 128 strikeouts and just 35 walks.