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Michael Pineda tops out at 93 mph during second spring outing

Mar 10, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

Remember the panic over Michael Pineda’s velocity — or lack thereof — after he sat between 88-91 mph with his fastball during his Grapefruit League debut Monday against the Phillies? He’s still nowhere near his average of 94.7 mph from last season, but he did make some progress this afternoon against the Braves.

While Pineda threw a bit harder this afternoon, the results weren’t so great. The 23-year-old right-hander tossed 2 2/3 innings while allowing one run on four hits. He struck out one, walked three and threw a wild pitch.

UPDATE: Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Andrew Marchand of that he had Pineda as high as 94 mph. This whole velocity situation will probably be a non-issue before long.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    talk about a non issue…

  2. randygnyc - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I think Pineda got schooled by his teammates and coaches about coming to camp out of shape and a fat slob. He was reminded that this isn’t seatle. Much more is expected from him. Local NY news says he’s already lost 10 pounds. Hopefully, this is a lesson he only needs to learn once. He had better not be only looking to CC for guidance.

    • djpostl - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Hell, if he comes out puttin up CC numbers he can look to him for guidance on everything, including what shelf the Cap’n Crunch is on.

    • Mark - Mar 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      There is so much wrong with the above post I don’t even know where to begin.

  3. paperlions - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    If the scoreboard is putting up 93, he’s probably actually throwing 90-91. I’ve never heard of a scoreboard putting up accurate MPH for pitches…..that 94.7 MPH average from last year was from actual pitch data, not souped-up stadium guns.

    I am not saying this is an issue….just that 93 on a scoreboard is never actually 93.

  4. randygnyc - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    So far, the consensus on the Yankees is “concerned”, about his mentality AND physicality. Hope he’s learned his lesson.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Step 1, stop listening to the local ny media about anything sports related. The next time they get a story right will also be the first time.

  5. randygnyc - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    @paper. There are as many scouts with guns at ST games than right before playoffs. I’d guess the guns are very accurate or we’d be hearing otherwise.

    • paperlions - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Agreed. One of the tweets above said that the scoreboard had his velocity between 89-93. If that 93 is what the other tweeters are referring to…it’s probably not 93.

  6. uyf1950 - Mar 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    The simple truth is posters the media and nearly everyone else after his 1st outing a few days back were pointing to the fact that his fastball only hit 91 and were preparing a doomsday scenario. Today he gets his fastball to 93 in his 2nd outing and there are still the conspiracy theorists that maybe it really wasn’t 93. Isn’t the early days of spring training supposed to be for the players to loosen up and get rid of the rust of a winter without MLB.

    Welcome to the world of Yankees baseball. Where good is never good enough and every little thing is often completely blown out of proportion by the opposition. Four (4) weeks until opening day.

    • protius - Mar 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      That’s why there’s the Yankees, and then there’s everyone else.

  7. gabrielthursday - Mar 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    We should have an ONWHVG? (Oh No Where’s His Velocity Gone?) tracker. Brett Cecil produced similar worries a few days ago (though that was more in keeping with his velocity struggles last year). It seems like there’s always a few of these stories in Spring Training.

    • byjiminy - Mar 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      I prefer this without the contraction (Oh No Where Has His Velocity Gone?). The second H in ONWHHVG gives it style.

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