Trade Breakdown: Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda

So after a quiet offseason, the Yankees made a splash.

 

As reported earlier, Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero was traded with right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda and minor league right-handed pitcher Jose Campos.

 

Michael Pineda, 22, burst onto the scene with his 6’7″ frame and became a part of a 1-2 punch behind Mariners’ ace Felix Hernandez. Pineda’s first half of the season was strong enough to earn him an All-Star appearance in his rookie season. He finished the season with a 9-10 record, a 3.74 ERA, and a 1.099 WHIP. He struck out 173 over 171 innings pitched. He throws a fastball in the upper 90′s and a sharp breaking slider with a developing changeup. He finished 5th in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.

 

Jose Campos, 19, throws a fastball that has topped out at 97 while in a 93-94 range, a slider and a changeup. In the minor leagues Class-A level, Campos went 5-5 with a 2.32 ERA and 85 strikeouts over 81.1 innings. Some scouts believe he has huge upside as he has a power arm that can develop with time.

 

Jesus Montero, 22, was a highly touted catcher within in the Yankees organization and the Yankees fans got to see him when he was a September call-up last season. Jesus Montero hit .328 with 4 home runs and 12 runs batted in. The most notable flaw in Montero’s game would be his abilities as a catcher. Many believed he did not possess the defensive qualities to be a catcher and felt his offensive abilites would justify his spot on a major league team.

 

Hector Noesi, 24, spent most of the last season coming out of the bullpen for the Yankees but he did have 2 starts. Noesi posted a 2-2 record with a 4,47 ERA.

 

Pineda is likely going to be the #2 or #3 starter behind CC Sabathia and possibly Ivan Nova.

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  • http://www.FromThisSeat.com/ FromThisSeat.com

    Cashman should have simply increased the payroll and signed Edwin Jackson. Montero was the future face of this franchise. He came up through the Yankees system and now he is gone for a pitcher that won’t be in a Yankees uniform but for 3 years.