PINA, MANNY

Position: Catcher

DOB: June 5, 1987

Height: 6’0″ / Weight: 215

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Trade with Tigers (December 10, 2015)

Profile: Acquired by Milwaukee in a 2015 trade with Detroit, Pina was originally signed by the Texas Rangers out of Venezuela in 2004. He spent his first two seasons in the AZL, then spent 2007 with Clinton in the Midwest League before splitting 2008 between High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Frisco. Pina returned to Frisco in 2009 and spent most of the season there before being traded to Kansas City in September. He saw time at both Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha in both 2010 and 2011 and received his first call to the big leagues in August of 2011 with the Royals. Pina spent the bulk of his 2012 season back at Double-A and split 2013 between Double-A and Triple-A. He signed with Seattle as a free agent prior to the 2014 season but was traded just two months in to the year to Detroit. He spent the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015 with Triple-A Toledo then opened 2016 with the Brewers Triple-A team in Colorado Springs before being called up in August following the trade of Jonathan Lucroy. A defense-first catcher with a big arm and a quick release, Pina has thrown out opposing base stealers at a 36% clip during his career. Pina also hits well for a catcher, posting a career minor league average of .262 with 55 home runs.

2005: In his first season after signing with the Rangers, Pina appeared in 27 games for their Arizona League affiliate. He hit .247 in his first taste of pro ball, striking out just 12 times in 101 plate appearances.

2006: Returning to the AZL in 2006, Pina was limited to just 14 games due to injury and after joining the AZL Rangers in August, he went on to hit .244 with four doubles.

2007: Pina moved up to Single-A Clinton in 2007, getting his first dose of full-season action with the Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League. In 86 games he hit .228 with 13 doubles, a home run, and 23 runs batted in.

2008: The Rangers promoted Pina to High-A Bakersfield to begin the 2008 season and in 61 games there, he hit .265 with three home runs, earning a bump to Double-A Frisco in August. He appeared in 23 more games there, batting .275

2009: A return trip to Frisco awaited Pina in 2009 and he made the most of it, appearing in 86 games for the RoughRiders and batting .259 with eight home runs, earning a spot on the Texas League All-Star team before being traded to Kansas City in September.

2010: Upon joining the Royals organization, Pina was sent to Double-A Northwest Arkansas to open up 2010 and saw action in 74 games there, batting .259 with seven home runs. He earned an early-July bump to Triple-A Omaha, but played in only 17 more games there before being sent back to Double-A.

2011: Pina began 2011 at Omaha, where he hit .238 in 68 games. With the Royals in need of another catcher, they summoned him to the big leagues in early August and he made his big league debut against the Orioles on August 3rd. He played in just four games with the Royals however, before being sent back down to the minors.

2012: After missing the first two and a half months of the 2012 season due to a torn meniscus suffered during spring training, Pina finally got back on the diamond in late June, and after a brief rehab stint in the AZL, he re-joined Northwest Arkansas in July. In 43 games he hit .260 and he received a late September call-up to the Royals, appearing in just one game near season’s end.

2013: The 2013 season had a familiar feel to it for Pina who once again split time between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. He saw his average dip to .228 over 86 combined games at the two levels with seven total home runs.

2014: As a minor league free agent, Pina opted to sign with the Seattle Mariners prior to the 2014 season and he opened up the year with Triple-A Tacoma. He caught just four games there before being sent down to Double-A Jackson, then appeared in just 17 more games before being traded to Detroit in June. He finished out the season with the Tigers Triple-A team, the Toledo Mud Hens, hitting .268 over 38 games.

2015: The Tigers assigned Pina to Toledo once again in 2015 and he responded with one of his best offensive performances, hitting .305 with 19 doubles and seven home runs over 77 games. He was traded to Milwaukee following the season, completing an earlier trade that had sent closer Francisco Rodriguez to Detroit.

2016: Joining his fifth franchise in Milwaukee, Pina was again sent to the minors, opening 2016 with the Brewers Triple-A team in Colorado Springs. He handled himself well in 63 games there, batting .329 with 21 doubles, three triples and five home runs, earning a spot on the Pacific Coast League All-Star squad. In need of a catcher following the trade of Jonathan Lucroy, the Brewers called up Pina in August and he finished out the year with the Brewers, hitting .254 with a pair of homers in 33 games.