While my bio claims that I know about 2000 players currently in affiliated baseball (and I stand by that claim), my knowledge begins to fracture as you get lower and lower in the minors. I have a decent sense of almost everyone in Triple-A and a good amount of Double-A, but particularly when you get to Low-A and short-season leagues, all I know are top prospects, high draft picks, and A's players. However, one player in the short-season Appalachian League caught my eye recently: Elizabethton Twins catcher Josmil Pinto. Pinto had a nice pro debut in 2008 in the Rookie Gulf Coast League, hitting .329/.394/.541 in 24 games. He hit nine doubles and three triples, and even managed to hit one ball over the fence. However, the 20-year-old topped that in a big way in 2009 after a promotion to shor ...
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