PINERO, ANTONIO

Position: Shortstop

DOB: March 15, 1999

Height: 6’1″ / Weight: 155

Bats: Switch / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (July 5, 2016)

Profile:  Originally signed by Boston out of Venezuela in July of 2015, Pinero debuted with the Red Sox affiliate in the Dominican Summer League in 2016, but after Boston was hit with penalties from Major League Baseball for their international signing practices, their deal with Pinero was voided and he was declared a free agent.  The Brewers swooped in and signed him for a bonus reported to be worth $375,000 and he finished out his first season of pro ball with the DSL Brewers.  Milwaukee brought Pinero stateside in 2017, assigning him to Helena in the Pioneer League, where he appeared in 55 games.  With good instincts and soft hands, Pinero has the ability to play several positions on the infield, but his strong arm fits best at shortstop where he is an above average defender.  A line drive hitter, who generate occasional pop, Pinero will likely never develop a ton of power, but he can drive the ball out of the park from time to time.

2016:  After signing with the Red Sox a season earlier, Pinero’s first season of pro ball turned out to be a wild one.  He began the year with the DSL Red Sox, hitting just .198 over 22 games, but after MLB voided his contract with Boston, he inked a new deal with Milwaukee and fared slightly better, hitting .235 over 28 games with the DSL Brewers.

2017:  Milwaukee opted to bring Pinero to the states in 2017, assigning him to Helena, choosing to have him skip over the AZL.  Pinero handled the jump okay, hitting .236 in 55 Pioneer League contests, notching four doubles and his first pro home run while scoring 19 runs and stealing seven bases.