Minnesota Twins’ Rookie Josmil Pinto Impressive In First Games
Minnesota Twins rookie Josmil Pinto is wasting no time impressing the organization after being called up on Sept 1.
In his five games in the major leagues, Pinto already boasts a .565 average with 13 hits in 23 at bats.
Pinto could be very useful to the organization in the future, seeing as Joe Mauer‘s concussion complications are causing management to consider permanently moving him out from behind the plate.
Pinto spent nine seasons in the minor leagues after being signed by the Twins in 2006. In his 126 games this season with the class AA New Britain Rock Cats and the class AAA Rochester Red Wings, Pinto logged an impressive .309 average with 15 home runs, 74 RBI, 32 doubles, and a .400 on-base percentage.
Pinto’s power is also a point of notice for the Twins. On Sept. 9, Pinto hit a foul ball with so much distance that it hit the glass below the Budweiser Roof Deck at Target Field — a feat that had not yet been accomplished by any player.
While his future as the starting catcher is unsure, the 24-year-old Venezuela native is slotted to become an everyday designated hitter for the Twins.
Pinto’s success shows promise that he will join a laundry list of young Twins (some on the active roster and many in the minors) that will help to pull the Twins out of their three season slump. Many of these young prospects are power hitters, and this will be essential for the Twins as they look to replace the void left by slugger Justin Morneau.
As the Twins finish up another struggling season, it is nice to see young guys like Pinto giving some much needed hope to the squad’s future. If the organization continues to develop their rookies and prospects, in addition to hopefully coming up with a few big name MLB veterans, the future is bright for the Minnesota Twins.
Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @sweetCaro_____