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TFD: Josmil Pinto was a much better Twins DH than Kendrys Morales

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 24th at 6:14pm 268514932

When the Twins acquired Kendrys Morales in early June, most of us figured two things: 1) it was probably a rental and 2) in spite of that, it was worth the money and gamble because he would probably help out a stagnant offense.

As part of that, Josmil Pinto, who had been getting at-bats as DH, was shipped back to the minors to work on his catching. That’s a good thing. But as it turns out, the Twins missed Pinto’s bat. And that’s a bad thing.

Morales was traded to the Mariners today, as you probably knew. Here are the comps between he and Pinto this season with the Twins:

Morales: 162 ABs, .234 BA/.259 OBP/.325 slugging, 1 HR, 18 RBI.

Pinto: 158 ABs, .222/.323/.407, 7 HRs, 16 RBI.

It’s not as though Pinto was lighting the world on fire, but his 7 home runs are still tied for third-most on the team. Morales was a rental, but an unproductive one. He slugged .325; Nick Punto, in his Twins career, slugged .324.

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