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43 Josmil Pinto C
Height/Weight: 5-11/210 | Birthdate: 3/31/1989 | Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 8/2 | Average Draft Position: 252.57
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Twins announce September callups


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Twins announced their September callups on Monday. The following players will be promoted from the minors: Aaron Hicks, Josmil Pinto, Chris Herrmann, Doug Bernier, Lester Oliveros, Logan Darnell, Michael Tonkin and A.J. Achter.

Josmil Pinto lands on minor league DL with hip issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) 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
(6/17/2014) 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."


Twins send down Josmil Pinto


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) The Twins optioned catcher Josmil Pinto to Triple-A Rochester, reports 1500ESPN.com. He's hit .200 since May 1 and has not thrown out a baserunner all season.

Triple-A trip could be looming for Josmil Pinto


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) The Twins are trying to figure out what the plan for catcher Josmil Pinto will be moving forward, now that he can't really serve as DH with the signing of Kendrys Morales.

Pinto, who got off to a strong start with the bat, has been flailing for a while, both at the plate and behind it. He has yet to throw out a baserunner as a catcher, and is hitting just .200/.227/.329 sine May 1.

As a result of the roster crunch, manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB.com Wednesday the team is considering sending him down to Triple-A Rochester to play every day.

"It's all the things we're talking about," Gardenhire said. "We're trying to figure out our route here. We're trying to see how we can work him in and keep him developing, too. We're working on it. The whole process."


Twins have 'talked about' demoting Josmil Pinto


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Since May 1, Twins catcher Josmil Pinto is batting just .200 with two home runs and seven RBI in his last 23 games (18 starts). However, manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB Network Radio Tuesday the bigger concern is Pinto's defensive struggles, which might led to a demotion to the minors.

"Our biggest concerns are that he's struggled throwing the ball, calling the game and moving balls outside the strike zone," Gardenhire said. "We need him to develop and swing, there's always the possibility we send him down. We've talked about it."


Josmil Pinto knocks seventh home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 2-1 loss to the Giants Saturday.

Pinto smacked his home run in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough to push the game into extra innings in the low-scoring loss. He has hit .243/.353/.459 with seven home runs and 14 RBI in 111 at-bats.


Hitters to sit in Week 8


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/17/2014) Planning on starting Josmil Pinto, Juan Francisco, Brandon Phillips, Martin Prado, Jonathan Villar or Chris Colabello in Fantasy Week 8 (May 19-25)? You might want to think twice about that.

I have them all as "sits" in the latest Start and Sit Hitters. Find out why by clicking here.


Josmil Pinto productive for Twins despite mediocre average


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Twins rookie catcher Josmil Pinto has just 14 hits in 19 games, but has certainly made the most of them. Five have left the yard.

Pinto has taken the momentum gained from a strong start to his major league career in 2013 and run with it. Though his average is just .230, he has 12 runs, nine RBI and 17 walks. He boasts a strong .405 on-base percentage and .492 slugging percentage.


Josmil Pinto crushes fourth home run of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto crushed his fourth home run of the season Sunday afternoon against the Royals.

Pinto took reliever Louis Coleman deep for a solo home run in the fifth inning. He finished 1 for 3 with two walks, two runs scored and one RBI in an 8-3 victory. He has three home runs over his last nine games. He is hitting .233 with four homers and eight RBI in 43 at-bats.

Josmil Pinto hits home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto clubbed his third home run Sunday against the Royals.

Pinto hit a two-run shot against Jason Vargas in the bottom of the seventh inning. Pinto worked a five pitch at-bat, hitting the home run on an 86 mph fastball. Pinto finished the game 1 for 3, with with one run scored and two RBI.


Josmil Pinto gets the start, launches first home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto got his first start of the season on Thursday, and made his presence felt with a home run against the White Sox.

Pinto was held without a hit in his first three at-bats before launching a solo home run off Ronald Belisario in the eighth to tie the game at 8-all. He finished 1 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI in a 10-9 victory.

Josmil Pinto wins backup catcher role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto has made the team's initial 25-man roster as the backup to Kurt Suzuki, MLB.com reports.

"He's got offense, I think he's improved some defensively and I think he can learn a lot from [bench coach Terry] Steinbach and Suzuki just being around this club and being with the big league club," assistant general manager Rob Antony said.

Pinto's bat is ahead of his glove at this point, and the team felt his offense was worth keeping him on the roster while he works on improving defensively.


Josmil Pinto goes 1 for 2 in start Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto drew the start in Monday's 9-2 win over the Orioles, going 1 for 2 and catching six innings.

Pinto dealt with a back issue this week but has started the spring 2 for 3 over two appearances. He's competing for a major-league role as the team's No. 2 catcher.


Josmil Pinto able to catch Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto was able to catch Friday, according to MLB.com.

Pinto has been dealing with a sore back, and has been limited in workouts. He was able to catch during a bullpen session. Pinto hit .342 in 76 at-bats last year. He'll compete for a role behind Kurt Suzuki.


Josmil Pinto will have 'restrictions'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto will have some "restrictions" during Thursday's intrasquad game, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Pinto came into camp with a shoulder injury, but has been bothered by a back issue the past few days. He was able to return to practice Tuesday, and got in full swings. Pinto will compete for a spot behind Kurt Suzuki.


Josmil Pinto 'getting closer' to 100 percent


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said catcher Josmil Pinto (back) took "some light swings" and "did some throwing" Monday, per the Pioneer Press. Gardenhire added Pinto "is moving forward" and "getting closer" to 100 percent.

Josmil Pinto sits out again Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto sat out of practice Sunday, according to MLB.com.

Pinto has now missed three days due to the injury. He's hoping to return Monday, though he said he's unsure if he'll hit. Pinto is expected to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster. 


Josmil Pinto sits out Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto missed practice Friday with a sore back, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Pinto was a little sore after working on blocking pitches Thursday. He's had shoulder issues this spring, so at least that injury isn't bothering him. The injury shouldn't keep him sidelined too long. 


Josmil Pinto throwing without any discomfort


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto said Tuesday he's now throwing without any discomfort after dealing with a bout of shoulder inflammation in the offseason. Pinto is playing catch from 150 feet and throwing to all bases without any issues.

"My shoulder is good now," Pinto said, per MLB.com. "I'm almost at 100 percent. I don't feel any pain right now. I started throwing about two or three weeks [ago] and it's feeling really good now."


Josmil Pinto getting closer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto is getting closer to being 100 percent, according to MLB.com.

Pinto said he's been able to throw pain-free for the past two to three weeks now. He added that his shoulder hasn't bothered him when swinging a bat, which has been a positive development. Pinto says the injury, which bothered him during the offseason, is almost 100 percent. 

Pinto enters the year fighting for a spot behind Kurt Suzuki. He hit .342 in 76 at-bats last season.


Josmil Pinto doesn't have to start to stay on roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) While Twins catcher Josmil Pinto said Sunday he is not quite 100 percent after hurting his shoulder in the offseason, manager Ron Gardenhire said Monday Pinto has no restrictions at this point, according to the Pioneer Press.

Gardenhire added Pinto doesn't have to win a starting job to stay on the major-league roster. Gardenhire said he could learn a lot from Kurt Suzuki, who was added to the roster in the offseason.


Josmil Pinto (shoulder) getting 'close' to 100 percent


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto said Sunday he spent three days in Minnesota in early December undergoing tests on his right shoulder, per the Pioneer Press. Pinto said an MRI showed no structural damage and he said the discomfort was related to a bout of inflammation.

Pinto said he was cleared to resume throwing three weeks ago. He's progressed to 150 feet and has started to throw to bases as well. Pinto also said he was cleared to swing a bat in mid-January.

"I'm feeling much better," he said Sunday. "I'm almost 100 percent. Not quite, but close."


Twins warming up to Josmil Pinto as starting option


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/11/2013) Having been thwarted in their attempt to sign a free agent catcher, the Twins are increasingly inclined to use Josmil Pinto as their primary catcher in 2014, according to MLB.com.

Manager Ron Gardenhire is still expressing some reluctance to trust the 24-year-old with the starting job, saying "he has a lot of things to learn about calling a ballgame and handling pitchers and working with a lot of different pitchers." However, Gardenhire will look to former catcher Joe Mauer, now slated to be the Twins' first baseman, to tutor Pinto.

Filling in for Mauer when he suffered a late-season concussion, Pinto hit. 342 with four home runs in 21 games in 2013.


Josmil Pinto not a given to inherit catching job


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/11/2013) Twins general manager Terry Ryan told MLB.com that a successor to Joe Mauer as the team's catcher has not been named. The team announced Monday that Mauer was moving from catcher to first base permanently.

Josmil Pinto, who made his debut this past September and hit .342 with four home runs in 21 games, is a candidate but may not be ready to assume the starting role, according to Ryan. The Boston Globe reports the team may consider Jarrod Saltalamacchia and other free agent options.