January 6, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #43 Yohan Pino

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #43 | Yohan Pino

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| December 26, 1983 (Turmero, Venezuela)

School | U.E. Ramon Bastidas High School (Venezuela)

| 6'3''

| 158 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 31

Yohan Pino was signed by the Twins on May 12, 2004 as a non-drafted free agent. After a very successful 2007 campaign, he never fully recovered from a foot injury in 2008 and it really effected his performance. Twins broadcaster Bert Blylevin always emphasises strength in the lower body being key for a pitcher, and certainly having an injured foot will definitely be negative. Pino spent the majority of the time as a starter in 2008, but he figures to make it to the majors as a reliever, Matt Guerrier-like. Pino really made his name known in June, 2007 when he threw a 7-inning no-hitter against the New York Mets Single-A Farm Club, the St. Lucie Mets. Unfortunately, Pino has not been able to regain the same form that he had in the Florida State League, which has slowed his progression through the Twins system. Here's his "Scouting Report? from The Baseball Cube:

The reason I posted it is because those are pretty respectable numbers and I thought it would be good to give another point of view. Those numbers reflect his success in 2007, but I just wanted to show that without his injury, he probably would have had a much better season in 2008.

2008 Statistics
Level      W      L      ERA      IP      K      BB      WHIP      FIP
AA         7      7     4.54   109.0     76      37      1.39     4.98

2009 Outlook

Pino will likely start the season in New Britain, but he should be in Rochester by seasons end.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball
  • Curveball
  • Slider

Estimated Time of Arrival