|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||300.00||10.00||.263||33.00||42.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Detroit||12||4||1|| .385|| .583|| .333|
|vs Price (Career)||5||1||0|| .200||.429||.200|
|vs LHP||57||10||2|| .309|| .333|| .175|
|Last 10 Games|
|Josmil Pinto in starting lineup for Sunday's season finale |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(9/28/14) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto (illness) is in the starting lineupf or Sunday's season finale against the Tigers.
|Josmil Pinto departs game with illness |
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(9/27/14) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto left Saturday's game against Detroit because of an illness. Pinto left the game before his catching duties even started in the bottom of the first inning. He is hitting .216 with seven homers and 18 RBI over 167 at-bats. His status for the season finale on Sunday remains uncertain.
|Josmil Pinto lands on minor league DL with hip issue |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(6/26/14) Not much has gone right for catcher Josmil Pinto lately. He suffered through a 2-for-24 slump with the Twins, got sent down to Triple-A Rochester and has now been placed on the minor league disabled list with a hip ailment.
The good news is that the problem is not considered serious.
Pinto owns a fine .282/.417/.513 stat line with the Red Wings this season.
|Josmil Pinto must improve the way he frames pitches |
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
(6/17/14) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN Radio that catcher Josmil Pinto, demoted to Triple-A Rochester last week, has a lot of work to do on his defensive game. Closer Glen Perkins echoed those thoughts in an interview with the same station.
"He’s a long ways away, to be honest with you," Perkins said. "Balls close to the zone, balls below the zone — I guess I don’t really know about blocking and all those things — but his pitch framing, he’s got some work to do. … I don’t know what level he’s at, but he’s surely not at the big-league level as far as catching for me."
Perkins added that pitch framing "makes the biggest difference in the world."
|Josmil Pinto is that curious sort of prospect who doesn't get any love from the rank lists despite stellar minor-league numbers, which normally means those numbers are a mirage that won't hold up against major-league pitching. But a .342 batting average and .963 OPS in a late-season trial would seem to suggest otherwise. Defensive shortcomings might also explain why so few prospect hounds had heard of Pinto before last September. He plays a position where it's kind of important, which is why the Twins were reluctant to turn over full-time catching duties to him even with Joe Mauer moving to first base. Instead, they signed Kurt Suzuki to help prolong the transition. Ultimately, the Twins have more to gain by developing Pinto than by resorting to a placeholder in what will probably be a lost season, so he'll get his shot this season even if he begins it in the minors. Obviously, he still has to prove those 76 at-bats weren't a fluke, but in leagues that require two catchers per team, he's a worthy late-round gamble no matter where he begins the year.
(Updated 1/15/14) |
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