Josmil Pinto once again showed a tantalizing bat in 2016, the bat that has made it impossible to fully give up on him even as he approaches his late 20s. He continued to pound minor league pitching to the tune of a 132 wRC+ over 315 plate appearances. Of course, it should be noted that he did a lot of that damage at Colorado Springs, one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the minors. Pinto still strikes out at a decent clip and simply hasn't developed into a quality defender behind the plate, in large part because multiple concussions have forced him to miss a great deal of developmental time in recent years. As good as his bat would look at catcher, it all of a sudden looks pedestrian compared to right fielders or first basemen, the only other two positions Pinto would have a chance of sticking at in the majors. He signed a minor league deal with the Giants this offseason and simply looks like an organizational depth piece at this point.
Pinto has signed a minor league contract with the Giants, Baseball America reports. Pinto battled concussion issues throughout the entire 2015 campaign and only caught 40 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs last season, making 31 appearances at first base. His future behind the plate is uncertain. Still just 27, Pinto has hit .277/.346/.451 in parts of four seasons at Triple-A. He had seven homers in 57 games for the Twins in 2014.
Pinto declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday and is now a free agent. Pinto had some success in the minors, putting together an .879 OPS as a catcher and first baseman for the Sky Sox, but he was never able to translate it to the big leagues. That being said, the 27-year-old could garner some interest given his solid right-handed power.
Pinto was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday. He was recalled in late September, but will be removed from the 40-man roster in advance of the Brewers protecting players from the Rule 5 Draft. Pinto hit .308/.362/.517 with 11 home runs in 315 plate appearances with Colorado Springs last year, with almost half of his starts coming at first base. He should serve as organizational depth going forward, remaining slightly intriguing as a bat-first option behind the plate.
The Brewers recalled Pinto from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Pinto will provide the Brewers another option behind the plate for the final couple weeks of the regular season. He posted an .879 OPS in 86 games with Colorado Springs this season, but his playing time figures to be limited as the fourth catcher on the depth chart.
Pinto was unable to reach base in his only at-bat for the Brewers in their exhibition game against the Reds on Tuesday. Pinto is just 4-for-17 through his 17 appearances in the Brewers' spring training so far. The catcher will be hard-pressed to find much playing time in the majors with Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado eating up most of the starts for Milwaukee.