In a 3 game span from Sunday to Tuesday, Pinto went 8 for 14 with 2 doubles, a homerun, 5 RBIs and 4 runs scored, raising his average to .347 while also throwing out another runner trying to steal. After going 1 for 5 in a morning game today he is leading the team in average (.341), slugging (.550), HR (6), RBI (29), and Runs (25). He aslso has 7 doubles.
With Rochester's catchers batting .242 at best and combining for only 12 runs scored, 0 HRs, and 10 RBIs, I'd say the path is pretty clear at this point for Pinto to move up. I won't speculate on when a promotion might happen but he has got to be turning some heads in the organization. He's not ready to be Joe's backup in the show but I can't imagine he'll be kept in New Britain for long if his great start continues.
I've been following Pinto's numbers closely, he's having the breakout season among Twins minor leaguers that few are touting. Thanks for the work, Keenan!
In addition, giving everyone a further idea of where his hitting rates in his League, Pinto is 2nd overall in the entire Eastern League in BA (.347) and OPS (.964) and Hits (44), while 1st in RBI (29) and Total Bases (71), and one behind the league leader in HR (6).
Now the only question about his game that seems to be holding him back is his defense. I have admittedly never seen him play, but the defense (or lack thereof) seems to be the rap on him. His career caught stealing rate is only 33%, but is there something more significant that the Twins are concerned about? He's been in the organization going into his 8th season now!