Ivan Pineyro, P
Age: 22 (9/29/1991)
2013 Team: Hagerstown Suns, South Atlantic League (A), Potomac Nationals, Carolina League, (A+); Daytona Cubs, Florida State League, (A+)
Northsiders Report 2014 Ranking—# 20
How acquired—Traded by the Nationals for OF Scott Harrison on July 8, 2013
Prior to Cubs
Pineyro made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2011 after signing as a free agent with the Washington Nationals. He went 4-6 with a 2.20 ERA in 14 starts, throwing 69.2 innings with 73 K. Pineyro missed the start of 2012 after suffering a broken jaw when he was hit by a line drive during spring training. He made his season and stateside debut on June 21 in the Gulf Coast League fanning seven in 4.1 shutout innings. He pitched in five GCL games (22.2 IP, 23K, 0.88 WHIP) before earning a promotion to the New York-Penn League. He started eight games for Auburn but his numbers weren't as impressive allowing 49 hits in 34.1 innings with 27 punchouts and a 5.50 ERA in the short-season league.
He was assigned to Class A Hagerstown out of spring training and made 13 starts for the Suns, including seven innings of shutout ball on May 23 against Lexington and fanned a season-high ten the next time he faced Lexington in 5.1 innings. Pineyro threw 66 innings with 65 K, 17 BB, a WHIP of 1.12 and was named a South Atlantic League All-Star. He was promoted to Potomac in mid-June and allowed five runs on eight hits in his high A debut. He tossed seven innings of shutout ball for his first HIgh A win on July 4 and was traded to the Cubs four days later.
The right-hander earned a win in his Cubs debut, tossing 5.1 shutout innings against Jupiter. Pineyro established himself as one of the Cubs top pitching prospects displaying a nasty change-up in his eight starts for Daytona, going 3-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 45 innings and showed pinpoint command, surrendering nine walks. In the FSL finals, Pineyro worked seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts and a walk, earning the win in Game 2. In his third professional season, Pineyro threw a career-high 125.2 innings with 111K.
The Cubs front office has indicated Pineyro will be part of the Tennessee rotation and be re-united with pitching coach Storm Davis. Pineyro worked through some tough starts in Daytona as he reached new territory in innings pitched for his career in 2013. Pineyro is able to hit the glove with consistency and get ahead in the count, which he will need to do to have success in AA and beyond. The right-hander throws a fastball in the low 90s but his best pitch is his change-up. He has great command over his arsenal and also mixes in an average curve. Pineyro has a tendency to fall off towards first base as he's off balance on his landing due to his max-effort delivery.