Michael Francisco Pineda Paulino is 33 years old and was born on January 18, 1989. In Major League Baseball, he throws for the Dominican Republic’s Detroit Tigers (MLB).
He has played for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, and Minnesota Twins in Major League Baseball. The Mariners signed Pineda as an international free agent in 2005, and he made his Major League Baseball debut in 2011.
Pineda was put on the 60-day injured list on February 17, 2017, while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Due to a damaged meniscus in his right knee, manager Paul Molitor said on August 28, 2018, that Pineda will not pitch in 2018.
Pineda joined the Twins at the start of the 2019 season. Pineda was put on the 10-day injured list on May 28 due to right knee tendonitis. Pineda had an 11–5 record and a 4.01 ERA before being suspended for 60 games without pay on September 7 after testing positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic typically recommended for blood pressure.
Pineda’s height and weight are reported as 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) and 265 pounds, respectively (120 kg). Pineda was regarded by Baseball America as having the greatest fastball and control in the Mariners’ system in 2010, and the top fastball and slider in the Mariners’ season in 2011.
Pineda’s fastball averaged 94.7 mph (152.4 km/h) in 2011, placing fourth in the American League behind Alexi Ogando, Justin Verlander, and David Price among MLB rookies with at least 100 innings pitched.