A former South Atlantic League pitcher was involved in the current Chicago Cubs trade-a-thon Monday.
First reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports on Sunday night, the Washington Nationals acquired outfielder Scott Hairston from the Cubs for a Class-A pitcher. The pitcher was later confirmed as Ivan Pineyro.
Pineyro brings a quick arm with a fastball that sits 90-94 along with an above-average changeup that should become plus. His breaking ball is a step behind the other two pitches, but some development and gained feel should make it worthwhile in the upper levels.
I was told Pineyro has great makeup, which mirrors reports from scouts and online sources. He has battled adversity after getting hit in the face by a line drive that broke his jaw during extended spring training in 2012, then returned to pitch in an advanced league for a 20-year-old at Auburn.
Pineyro is making his full-season debut this year and had excellent peripherals at Hagerstown (65 K, 17 BB, 66 IP) before being assigned to Potomac for 11.2 innings. He has good control and average command. He will likely be assigned to A-Advanced Daytona to finish the season.
Pineyro signals a trend in the Cubs system toward quick arms with good changeups and confidence in their abilities. Perhaps it's an indication of a belief that it's quicker and easier to develop a young arm with an advanced changeup and developing breaking ball rather than the other way around. This is me thinking out loud, but it gained my attention at the very least.