HIALEAH, FL. - ASA Miami right-handed pitcher, Leudeny Pineda was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 26th round of the 2018 MLB Draft on Wednesday, June 6th. Pineda, 22, is a native of Azua, Dominican Republic and attended Romilio Mendez High School. He is the first player in the programs history to be selected in the MLB Draft. During the 2018 season for ASA, Pineda compiled a 2-4 record with an ERA of 5.37 in 52 innings of work. In his last 5-of-7 starts, he threw at least five innings, while allowing three-or-less runs. Pineda turned heads immediately after his opening day start against Florida Southwestern in January. He threw five innings allowing two runs - one earned, while allowing a single hit against the Bucs.
ASA Miami head baseball coach, Jonathan Hernandez is thrilled to see Pineda have his named called. "I'm so proud of this kid. Not everyone gets the chance to prove that they belong among the best in the world." Hernandez shared. "When you sit at 92-95mph and top out at 96mph, you're going to have interest from professional scouts. I am sure that the Athletics organization will work with him to develop his off-speed stuff and his pitch location. There is no doubt, that he will put in the work needed to have the opportunity to develop into a big league pitcher one day."
Pineda is likely headed to rookie ball. The Oakland Athletics run their rookie ball in Phoenix, Arizona.