In case people haven't noticed, Josmil Pinto has been raking in AAA. In 43 games, he's hitting .300/.405/.525 (.930 OPS). More importantly, after displaying impressive excellent plate discipline to go along with solid pop in AA a year ago, Pinto has improved in both of those areas despite playing against tougher competition: his BB% has ticked up from 14.1% to 14.2%, while his strikeout rate has dropped from 15.7% to 13.7% (causing his BB:K ratio to increase from .90 to 1.04) and his ISO has increased dramatically from .174 to .225.
Not only is this solid improvement, but he's been flat-out spectacular in AAA. Consider this: in 47 games in AAA, Pinto has more walks (27) and almost as many extra-base hits (23) as he does strikeouts (26). I don't know what to say about that other than it's really impressive. Combine this with the fact that Pinto was solid offensively in his time with the Twins (107 wRC+ despite a .245 BABIP) and I don't think it can be denied that Pinto is more than ready offensively for the major leagues.
The question of course, then comes down to whether or not he is ready to play catcher every day. His defensive struggles were a major reason why he was sent down to AAA (maybe the main reason) and so he will have to prove that he can handle the position before he is promoted. Let's hope he's nearly there.
Edited by Boone, 19 August 2014 - 11:11 AM.