Bryan Pineda completed his second professional season with the DSL Marlins in 2018.
Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 248 of 286.
Bryan Pineda is a 6’3″, 165 lb. right-handed batting and throwing outfielder from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, population 965,040. 177 major leaguers have originated out of the city, including Jarlin Garcia, Albert Pujols, and Emilio Bonifacio.
Pineda was born on February 28th, 2000, and signed his first professional deal with the Miami Marlins on July 2nd, 2016. He didn’t make his pro debut until nearly a year later, with the rookie-level DSL Marlins, in the Dominican Summer League.
Pineda remained with the team through his first season, spending the last month of it on the disabled list. In 18 contests, he was 12-for-59 with six runs and one double. He collected eight RBI, and drew five walks against 14 strikeouts. Defensively, he took 29 chances (including four assists) without an error in the outfield.
Players who make their professional debut with the Dominican Summer League are generally of the low-risk, high-reward variety, and PIneda is no exception. Players who make their professional debut with the Dominican Summer League are generally of the low-risk, high-reward variety, and Pineda is no exception.
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In 2018, Pineda played another season with the DSL Marlins, getting into 27 of their 72 games. He started 22 times, making six starts in left, seven starts in center, and nine in right field. He was nearly perfect for a second time in the field, making only one error out of 42 total chances for a .976 fielding percentage, along with a pair of assists. At the dish, Pineda was 18-for-83 and scored 13 runs. He hit two doubles, collected seven RBI, and stole three bases in four attempts. He again drew five walks, but struck out 24 times.
On June 14th, Pineda batted ninth and collected three singles in a 4-3, 11-inning victory against the DSL Astros. He scored a go-ahead run in the top of the 10th to give the Marlins a lead. On July 30th, Pineda hit seventh in the order and played in right field. At the plate, he went three-for-three with a double, two runs, and two RBI in a 9-2 win against the DSL Rays1.
Pineda should begin his third professional season with the DSL Marlins again, or possibly with the rookie-level GCL Marlins, in the Gulf Coast League. Longer range projections place Pineda, if he’s destined to get that far, in competition for a big league roster spot sometime around 2025.
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