Blue Jays 2018 Hidden Gem: Eduard Pinto

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It seems as though every year a handful of prospects manage to kick their development into overdrive. Some discover something inside themselves to elevate their status from ‘Organization Filler’ to ‘Top Prospect’. While there are others whose untapped potential remain hidden by low draft position or being an unheralded International Free Agent or even an Undrafted Free Agent until busting out.

 

In 2017, fans of the Blue Jays farm system experienced a ‘busting out’ moment when Lansing Lugnuts outfielder Edward Oliveras hit for the cycle near the end of April.

 

He never looked back.

 

While I don’t view Eduard Pinto as a player on the cusp of a breakout season which elevates his status to Top 100 Prospects in all baseball. I do view Eduard Pinto as a player with the ability to put up strong numbers in 2018.

 

***Disclaimer- There is not a lot of information available on Eduard Pinto. My views are based on reviewing stats and game logs.***

 

Eduard Pinto Stats

 

Register Batting
Year Age Lev G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 17 FRk 56 222 47 88 13 1 1 29 8 6 31 13 .396 .475 .477 .953
2013 18 A–Rk 36 134 8 37 4 0 0 6 0 1 5 13 .276 .307 .306 .613
2013 18 A- 22 80 3 20 1 0 0 2 0 1 5 7 .250 .302 .263 .565
2013 18 Rk 14 54 5 17 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 6 .315 .315 .370 .685
2014 19 A–A 82 327 49 96 14 0 1 33 5 4 24 28 .294 .341 .346 .686
2014 19 A 23 76 6 12 3 0 0 6 0 1 4 12 .158 .200 .197 .397
2014 19 A- 59 251 43 84 11 0 1 27 5 3 20 16 .335 .382 .390 .772
2015 20 A 98 349 39 91 12 5 2 36 2 9 34 21 .261 .329 .341 .670
2016 21 A-AA 80 294 39 97 16 0 5 40 4 4 26 24 .330 .385 .435 .820
2016 21 AA 29 110 13 35 5 0 0 12 3 1 9 8 .318 .372 .364 .736
2016 21 A 51 184 26 62 11 0 5 28 1 3 17 16 .337 .392 .478 .870
2017 22 A+ 61 224 34 62 11 1 4 23 8 4 12 28 .277 .325 .388 .713
2017 22 A+ 46 177 30 55 10 1 4 18 7 3 10 21 .311 .358 .446 .804
2017 22 A+ 15 47 4 7 1 0 0 5 1 1 2 7 .149 .208 .170 .378
Year Age Lev G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/22/2018.

 

The native of Valencia, Venezuela came to the Blue Jays organization on July 2nd, 2017 from the Texas Rangers organization in return for RP Jason Grilli.

 

The Rangers signed the 5-foot-11 outfielder on July 2nd, 2011 as an International Free Agent. In his first two seasons, Pinto won batting titles in the Dominican Summer League (2012, .396 BA) and Northwest League (2014, .335 BA).

 

Despite not being a top-rated prospect, Pinto has a habit of hitting above .300. Unfortunately, durability appears to be an issue after 7 trips to the disabled list since 2015.

 

Contact and OBP

 

Pinto can be described as a free swinger. He walks around 5-8% of his at-bats while striking out roughly 10% of the time. That means he will put the ball in play about 80% of the time, or in that neighborhood.

 

Pinto will never be mistaken for a power hitter (.136 ISO) but with regular playing time, it’s possible for him to reach double digits in the HR department. In 2016, he hit 5HR in 80 games and in 2017 he hit 4HR in 46 games. Over the past two seasons, he owns a 10HR/FB rate between A-Ball and Advanced-A.

 

Ground balls are also an issue for Pinto. He hits a lot of ground balls (103 in 2017) resulting in a lot of groundouts (63). He generates more than two groundballs (47.7%) for every fly ball (27.8%) he hits while making solid contact roughly a quarter of the time (24.5 LD%).

 

When on his game, Pinto sprays the ball all over the field. According to MLBFarm.com, Pinto sent 45 balls to LF, 34 balls to 2B, and 27 balls to CF.

 

Splits

 

The left handed hitting Pinto batted .347 off LHP and .297 off RHP in 2017. Of his 4 HR, 2 were hit off RHP and 2 off LHP. He walked 6 times when facing LHP (49 at-bats) versus 4 times when facing RHP (128 at-bats).

 

Usage

 

Being a contact hitter with a high batting average, Pinto’s name appears anywhere from the middle of the lineup to top of the order. In 2017, Eduard Pinto hit leadoff 28 times and 3rd 14 times.

 

In the field, Pinto has played most of his games in LF (207 GP) but played more RF (31GP) than LF (23GP) in 2017. He was credited with 7 outfield assists in 2017.

 

2018 Outlook

 

With a logjam of outfielders in the upper minors, I expect that Eduard Pinto will start 2018 as a member of the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays.

 

I expect that Pinto will be asked to bat in the upper third of the batting order. With Joshua Palacios and Rodrigo Orozco, similar type outfielders, ready to join the D-Jays in 2018, I don’t expect any of the trio to have defined roles. Palacios will likely get the bulk of the time in CF with Orozco and Pinto occupying the corner spots.

 

 

 

 

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Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn't cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I'm more right.