Despite missing the entire 2018 season, Pineda returned, this time with the Twins and in fine form. He lost some velocity on all his offerings but the results were still pretty good. His changeup was pretty solid at 87.1 mph with a 12.1 SwStr% alongside a 5.4 pVAL. It allowed Pineda to go deeper into games, something he has struggled with in the past. His 4.7 BB% was in the top 5% in MLB.
There really is nothing too deceptive about Pineda’s primary offering, but it holds a solid 9.3 pVAL from 2019. Decent velocity averaging at 92.5 mph, and… that’s about it. Maybe he got away with it last season, but whatever Pineda was doing worked, and he needs more of the same in 2020.
Pineda’s success in 2019 was a pleasant surprise on the back of an above average slider with a 19.9% SwStr. A decent 44.2 GB% was another big plus for the innings eater.
Pineda’s cutter has some nice movement on it, but it gets hit a lot. In 2017, opposing hitters had a .398 wOBA and a .241 ISO against it.
This is Pineda’s strikeout pitch, and it’s quite a nice pitch. It doesn’t have a ton of movement, but it’s effective, generating a 20.7% whiff rate and a 46.6% chase rate in 2017. Not only that, but opposing hitters had just a .238 wOBA against it.
Generally speaking, Pineda switches between his cutter and his slider, but he does occasionally throw a changeup as well. His change comes in fairly fast, around 89 MPH on average, and it has some above-average horizontal movement on it. He had some trouble controlling it, throwing it in the zone just 38.2% of the time in 2017 and it didn’t really miss bats much, with a decent 9.2% whiff rate. Not only that, it got it a fair bit, as opposing hitters had a .331 wOBA and a .174 ISO against it.