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Mariners shut down pitching prospect Michael Pineda

Aug 28, 2010, 9:51 PM EST

The Mariners flirted with the idea of calling up top pitching prospect Michael Pineda multiple times this year to give him a taste of the major leagues in what has been a lost season in Seattle.  They never pulled the trigger, though, and now it definitely won’t happen.

According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, the M’s decided Saturday to shut Pineda down for the rest of the season. 

The 21-year-old began this year with Double-A West Tennessee and turned in a gorgeous 2.22 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 13 starts.  He was then promoted to Triple-A Tacoma, where he kept rolling to the tune of a 1.14 WHIP and 76/16 K/BB ratio over 62.1 frames. 

The results have been fantastic at every level dating back to 2006 for Pineda but he’s thrown nearly 140 innings this year and registered only 47 total innings last season.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik made it a point to note Saturday that Pineda is going to be in the mix for a major league rotation spot in 2011.

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