Ricardo Pinto was selected the Readers’ Poll 13th prospect. He received 183 of 474 votes (39%).
Pinto signed with the Phillies as a free agent three weeks before his 18th birthday on December 28, 2011. He spent a couple summers at the Phillies’ Venezuelan Academy then jumped to short-season ball at Williamsport in 2014. He started 2015 in Lakewood, but was promoted to Clearwater mid-season when injuries depleted the Threshers’ starting rotation. He was inserted into the first-half division race and won an important game against Daytona. He continued to pitch well the remainder of the season. He pitched well again, but lost, in the playoff opener.
Pinto has decent control, he doesn’t walk many batters. He had a respectable K/9 in the seasons following his first DSL season, but saw a substantial regression once he reached Clearwater in 2015.
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