01-24-2014, 01:18 PM #1
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Josmil Pinto: "Breakout Player"
http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/po...ayers-for-2014 (not behind the paywall)
David Schoenfield from ESPN has Pinto as one of his projected breakout players for the coming season, one of 5 position players he singled out. No real earth-shaking tidbits in the write-up, but nice to see somebody outside our area is hopeful about him.
01-25-2014, 01:01 PM #2
Read that yesterday. Good to see that he is at least on someone's national radar.
01-25-2014, 01:40 PM #3
"but the Twins are moving Joe Mauer to first base due to their confidence in Pinto"
I really don't think that confidence in Pinto is WHY they are moving Mauer to 1B. I think Mauer would have been moved regardless. I do think that if they didn't have Pinto, they probably would have had to be a little more aggressive in the FA catching market than Kurt Suzuki.
I know that's nitpicking because I do think the Twins have confidence in Pinto and I hope he proves them (and Schoenfield) right but it isn't as if Pinto forced the issue of moving Mauer to 1B. Concerns over Mauer's health and long-term value to the club caused the move.
01-25-2014, 02:31 PM #4