Ricardo Pinto

Position: RHP
Born: 01/20/94
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 165
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Venezuela) on Dec. 28, 2011 (PHI).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
3-3 with a 5.53 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) at Lehigh Valley (Triple-A), striking out 27 and walking 17 in 42 1/3 innings while giving up 53 hits for a .310 batting average against.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Lehigh Valley on May 31 when RHP Vince Velasquez went on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 05/31/17

Debut Details
May 31, in a 10-2 loss to the Marlins. The second of five pitchers, he allowed four runs, all earned, on six hits over two innings, walking three while striking out two. Of 58 pitches, 32 were for strikes. He came on to start the bottom of the fourth inning in relief of right-handed starter Aaron Nola. He quickly gave up two singles, an infield single to second by A.J. Ellis and a single to right by Ichiro Suzuki, with both runners then advancing on Dan Straily's sacrifice bunt. Dee Gordon reached on a fielder's choice which saw Ellis thrown out at home before J.T. Riddle's single to center scored Suzuki. Though Christian Yelich then walked to load the bases, Marcell Ozuna struck out on a foul tip to strand the runners that inning. In the fifth, Justin Bour hit what would be the first of his two homers on the day, a shot to right center field, after which Derek Dietrich singled and Ellis and Suzuki walked to load the bases with no outs. After Straily struck out looking, Gordon's single to right field plated Dietrich and Ellis came home on Riddle's sacrifice fly to cetner before Yelich flew out to left to end the inning.

Player Notes
The Venezuelan-born Pinto comes to town with a fastball in the middle 90s and the organization's best changeup as he still searches for the perfect third breaking pitch to round out the full three-pitch repertoire needed to remain a starter in thr major leagues. In 2016, at Reading (Double-A), he was 7-6 with a 4.10 ERA in 27 games, 25 of them starts, and struck out 101 in 156 innings, allowing 150 hits and walking 51, which actually tied for the most in the system that summer. In 2015, between Lakewood (Class A) and Clearwater (High A) he earned the Phillies' Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors as he combined to go 15-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 24 starts, striking out 105 and walking just 37 in 145 1/3 innings, giving up 129 hits. He'd been similarly effective in 2014 in his Short-Season A stint at Williamsport, posting a 2.11 ERA despite a 1-5 record in nine starts and striking out 48 in 47 innings while walking 15.