Seattle Mariners rookie right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda has been selected to play for the American League in the Major League Baseball All-Star game held July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix. Pineda will be taking the roster spot of Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander, who is ineligible to pitch to due starting today.
Pineda becomes the second Mariners rookie pitcher to be named to the All-Star roster, joining LHP Matt Young in 1983.
Pineda, 22, is 8-6 with a 3.03 ERA (38 ER, 113.0 IP) and 113 strikeouts in 18 starts this season. He became the first Mariners rookie pitcher in club history to record 100 or more strikeouts prior to the All-Star break, and ranks 11th all-time in strikeouts prior to the All-Star break by a rookie pitcher. His 113 K’s are 4th-most by a rookie pitcher pre All-Star break over the last 25 years (1. Kerry Wood – 139 in ’98, 2. Daisuke Matsuzaka – 123 in ’07, 3. Hideo Nomo – 119 in ’95).
He was one of 4 American League starters to record 9 starts of 6.0 or more innings and 1 or fewer ER allowed, joining Jered Weaver (12), Trevor Cahill (10) and Verlander (9). He was named American League April Rookie Pitcher of the Month going 4-1 with a 2.01 (7 ER, 31.1 IP) in 5 starts.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times