Join Jays From the Couch in uncovering the Blue Jays minor league system’s hidden gems
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
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.
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).
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.
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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