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.
Pinto cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A on Wednesday. He has an invite to major league camp for spring training, but it would be surprising if he broke camp with the team, now that he is no longer on the 40-man roster. Pinto went unclaimed due to a concern within the industry that head injuries have eliminated him as a potential long-term catcher. That said, if the Brewers can find a way to keep him behind the plate, he could be an option to join the big league roster if the team is successful in trading Jonathan Lucroy. If he made it to the big leagues his above average power would make him intriguing in NL-only formats.
Pinto was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Wednesday. Pinto was claimed as a free agent back on Dec. 23, but his days on the 40-man roster will prove to be short lived. With both Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado on the roster, Pinto was unlikely to earn a roster spot out of camp anyway. He'll now get to choose between working his way back up in the Milwaukee farm system, or testing the free agent waters in search of a team looking for depth at catcher.
Pinto was claimed off waivers by the Brewers on Wednesday. He was claimed by the Padres earlier in the offseason, and then they attempted to designate him for assignment, but the Brewers stepped in. The main concern with Pinto, as far as his fantasy value is concerned, is whether or not he will stick at catcher after dealing with concussion issues for much of last season. With that in mind, the Brewers are a prime landing spot, as Jonathan Lucroy is being shopped, and if he is moved the club would need someone to step in and share catching duties with Martin Maldonado. Pinto was a top-100 prospect a couple years ago with the Twins, primarily because his offensive skill set was extremely promising for a catcher. If he can find his way to 300-400 at-bats with the Brewers he would become an interesting endgame target in two-catcher formats.
Pinto was designated for assignment Monday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Pinto was claimed off waivers last month, and he'll now be removed from the 40-man roster to clear a space for Buddy Baumann, who was signed to a minor league deal Monday afternoon.