Shortstop prospect Luis Pintor completed his third season in the Marlins system in 2018.
Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 243 of 286.
Luis Pintor is a 5’9″, 170 lb. right-handed batting and throwing shortstop from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, population 37,665. The town of Yabucoa has produced two major leaguers, Outfielder Jerry Morales and second baseman Felix Millan.
Pintor was born on June 6th, 1995, and attended New Mexico Junior College starting in 2015. In two seasons of Western Junior College Athletic Association baseball with the Thunderbirds, he slashed .392/.481/.708, with 25 home runs and 122 RBI. He also stole 53-of-66 bases while at the institution.
In the 2016 MLB Amateur Entry Draft, the Miami Marlins chose Pintor in the 21st round. If Pintor makes it to the majors, he’d be the eighth player chosen 623rd overall to get that far. The group is led by John Frascatore (1991, St. Louis Cardinals, 2.5 career WAR), George Cappuzzello (1972, Detroit Tigers, 0.5 WAR), and Shooty Babitt (1977, Oakland Athletics, 0.3 WAR).
Pintor came to terms with the Miami Marlins on June 24th, soon after the draft, and was initially assigned to the rookie-level, Florida-based Gulf Coast League, with the GCL Marlins. In 31 contests, Pintor hit .257/.344/.303, with 12 RBI and seven stolen bases in eight attempts. Pintor only collected five extra base hits, all doubles, and played mostly at second base. He earned a .976 fielding percentage at second, in 133 innings, while putting up a .987 mark in 124 2/3 innings at shortstop.
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Pintor was promoted to the single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2017, in the South Atlantic League. He led the club with 119 games played, and hit .236/.325/.313 with four homers and 43 RBI. He drew 43 walks and struck out 64 times, stealing nine-of-14 bases.
In 2018, Pintor spent most of the season at the high-A level, with the Jupiter Hammerheads. He put up some pretty weak numbers in his first look at the level, slashing .179/.287/.220 with 10 RBI in 145 plate appearances. Pintor didn’t attempt a single stolen base, and fielded .912 in 260 innings at shortstop, .889 in 70 frames at third base, and .909 in 18 innings at second.
Pintor didn’t fare much better in a 21-game look at double-A with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League. Just two-for-40 at the plate, with 14 K’s in 46 plate appearances and one RBI. Pintor is still rostered with the Jumbo Shrimp.
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