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Goldeyes swap pitcher for versatile infielder Pineda

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The Winnipeg Goldeyes have acquired infielder Ryan Pineda from the Sioux City Explorers in exchange for pitcher Kaohi Downing.

Pineda split his time last season between the Grand Prairie AirHogs and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, hitting .288 with six home runs and 49 RBI in 95 American Association games.

Pineda played every infield position except first base in 2013 and also saw playing time in left field.

"We got to see him a little bit during training camp last year when we were playing the RedHawks and I really liked the way he played against us," Fish manager Rick Forney said in a statement released by the team on Wednesday. "He swung the bat really well. He has the potential to be a young impact bat and, in the right situation, be a 20 doubles and 10 home runs type of guy. He's a guy that has a lot of value."

Pineda -- a 28th round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2010 -- is well travelled lately. After starting the 2013 season with Fargo, Pineda finished up the year with Texas-based Grand Prairie, who then shipped him back to Fargo at season's end. Fargo then shipped him to the Explorers in Sioux City, Iowa, who in turn shipped him to Winnipeg in exchange for Downing.

Downing, 27, spent the last two seasons in the Goldeyes bullpen, going 8-6 with a 3.97 ERA in 79 appearances.

 

AAA midget loop salutes stars

The MFMHL announced their goaltender of the month for December and player of the week on Wednesday.

The goalie of the month is Elisha Oswald of the Central Plains Capitals, who has a record of 7-1-2, a goal-against average of 1.55 and a save percentage of .928 this season. In her third season with the Capitals, Oswald holds team records for games played (77), wins (37) and shutouts (13).

The MFMHL player of the week for the week ending Jan. 5 is Jalin Adams of the Yellowhead Chiefs, who scored the game-winning goals in both Chiefs wins over the weekend. Adams, a Grade 11 student at Neepawa Area Collegiate, has eight goals and seven assists this season.

 

Bisons skaters players of week

Fifth-year forwards Kyleigh Palmer and Ian Duval are the Manitoba Bisons players of the week for the week ending Jan. 5.

Palmer scored three goals, including an overtime winner, and fired 16 shots during a two-game Manitoba sweep of home games against the Saskatchewan Huskies on Jan. 3-4. Palmer is now tied for fifth in Canada West scoring with 10 goals and five assists.

Duval recorded assists on four of Manitoba's six goals in a pair of games against the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon on Jan. 3-4. Duval had three assists in a 5-4 shootout loss last Friday and had another assist the next night in a 3-2 loss.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 9, 2014 D7

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