I’m probably wrong about Ricardo Pinto. Every time I see him, he looks good. I’m higher on him than most of the other people who watch the organization. His arrival in Philadelphia wasn’t that impressive, I’ll admit.
In the coming days, we’re going to recap every player who spent a part of 2017 with the Philadelphia Phillies. The previous post looked at starter Jerad Eickhoff. We even have a landing post with a link to each player’s season.
Pinto has a nice arm. He’s also, during his minor league career, demonstrated nice control (2.7 walks per nine innings) and home runs allowed (.8 per nine). In fact, in 156 innings in the launching pad at Reading, he gave up just 20 home runs.
Pinto had been a starter for much of his career, but saw some bullpen action in 2017. Maybe this isn’t the mistake I think it is. Maybe the Phillies can get good use out of him in the back of the rotation. But I think the 23-year-old could develop into a middle of the rotation starter.