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99-63 5-5 L2
92-70 7-3 W1
86-76 2-8 L5
83-79 4-6 L1
78-84 6-4 W3

2022 Batting

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Batting Average
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OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
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Regular Season .213 2 10 .566 0

Top Rene Pinto News

  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Not on wild-card roster

    Pinto was left off the Rays' 26-man roster ahead of their AL Wild Card Series with the Guardians.

    With Francisco Mejia returning from the paternity list Friday, Pinto was no longer needed to serve as the backup option behind Christian Bethancourt at catcher heading into the postseason. The 25-year-old Pinto produced a .213 average with two homers, 10 RBI and five runs scored over 25 games in the big leagues this season and appears unlikely to be considered for a roster spot moving forward barring any injuries.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Serving as backup catcher

    Pinto was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times

    With Francisco Mejia getting placed on the paternity list, Pinto will serve as the Rays' backup catcher over the final two games of the season. Pinto is hitting .211 with two home runs in 79 plate appearances this season.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Optioned to Triple-A

    Pinto was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Thursday.

    The Rays had been carrying Pinto as a third catcher, but they'll drop down to two backstops for the time being. Pinto is hitting .211/.241/.316 with two home runs in 24 games.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Rejoins big club

    Pinto was recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville ahead of Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader in Toronto, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

    Pinto was sent down in early August but will rejoin the major-league club Tuesday. He has a .548 OPS in 22 games this year and is unlikely to see much playing time with Francisco Mejia and Christian Bethancourt healthy.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Sent to minors

    Pinto was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The 25-year-old was promoted in late July when Francisco Mejia (shoulder) landed on the 10-day IL, and Pinto will return to Triple-A after Mejia was reinstated Friday. Pinto has appeared in 22 games for Tampa Bay this year and has a .206/.239/.309 slash line and 43.7 percent strikeout rate in 71 plate appearances.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Not in Thursday's lineup

    Pinto isn't starting Thursday against the Tigers, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

    Pinto went 1-for-3 with a strikeout Wednesday against the Blue Jays and will take a seat for the second time in the last three games. Christian Bethancourt will take over behind the plate and bat ninth.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Gets Tuesday off

    Pinto is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

    After starting three of the past four games behind the plate, Pinto will cede catching duties to Christian Bethancourt on Tuesday. Though Pinto temporarily finds himself atop the depth chart at catcher, both he and Bethancourt could soon see their opportunities take a hit after top backstop Francisco Mejia (shoulder) was cleared to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with the Rays' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Stealing work from Bethancourt

    Pinto will start at catcher and bat ninth in Sunday's game against the Guardians.

    After going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Saturday's 6-4 win, Pinto will be rewarded with his third start in the last four contests. He may have overtaken Christian Bethancourt as the Rays' top catcher while Francisco Mejia (shoulder) is on the shelf, but even if that's the case, Pinto's fantasy upside is minimal. In 64 plate appearances with the big club this season, Pinto is slashing .210/.234/.323 with two home runs and nine RBI.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Rejoins big-league club

    Pinto was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

    The 25-year-old was sent down July 11 after Tampa Bay acquired Christian Bethancourt, but Pinto will now return to the majors with Mike Zunino (shoulder) out for the year and Francisco Mejia (shoulder) also on the injured list. Pinto has a .204/.218/.315 slash line with two home runs and eight RBI in 17 games this year and should serve as the backup option to Bethancourt behind the plate until Mejia is reinstated.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Dropped from active roster

    The Rays optioned Pinto to Triple-A Durham on Monday.

    Pinto was sent to the minors after Tampa Bay added another catcher to their ranks in Christian Bethancourt, whom the team acquired from the Athletics over the weekend. Though he had seemed to work his way into a timeshare behind the plate with Francisco Mejia while Mike Zunino (shoulder) has been on the shelf, Pinto didn't perform well enough to stick around as a third backstop. Over his month-long stay with the big club, Pinto slashed .205/.225/.282 across 12 games.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Sharing time with Mejia

    Pinto will start at catcher and bat eighth in Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Pinto will stick in the lineup for the fourth time in six games and looks as though he's carving out more work behind the plate than anticipated following his call-up from Triple-A Durham on June 10 to help replace injured backstop Mike Zunino (shoulder). At the very least, Pinto is part of a timeshare at catcher with Francisco Mejia, who isn't holding up to his reputation as a bat-first backstop by producing a .629 OPS on the season.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Recalled from Triple-A

    Pinto was called up from Triple-A Durham on Friday.

    He was recalled Friday to take the open roster spot of Mike Zunino (shoulder) who was placed on the 10-day injured list. Pinto has gone 3-for-15 with a homer and two RBI in five games with the Rays this season.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Returns to Triple-A

    Pinto was optioned to Triple-A Durham after Wednesday's 3-0 win over the A's, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Pinto appeared in five games since being recalled from Durham on April 22, and he went 3-for-15 with a home run and two RBI. Francisco Mejia (illness) is expected to be activated from the COVID-19 injured list Thursday and resume his role as Tampa Bay's No. 2 catcher.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Homers in debut

    Pinto went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in an 8-4 loss Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Pinto entered the game in the fifth inning as a defensive replacement after Mike Zunino left with a biceps strain. After striking out in his first at-bat, he homered off Matt Koch in the seventh for his first major-league hit. The 25-year-old has been in the Rays organization since 2014, compiling a .278/.334/.434 batting line across eight minor-league seasons. With Zunino leaving the game with an injury and Francisco Mejia on the COVID-19 injured list, Pinto may be in line for more playing time in the near future.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Joins big-league club

    Pinto was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Pinto missed out on Tampa Bay's Opening Day roster and has a .729 OPS through 12 games at Triple-A this season. He'll join the Rays for Friday's series opener with the Red Sox after Francisco Mejia tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the injured list. Pinto should operate as the backup to Mike Zunino and appears likely to make his major-league debut in the next couple days.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Optioned to minors

    Pinto was optioned to minor-league camp Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Pinto was in big-league camp after being added to the 40-man roster in November but never had much of a chance at making the Opening Day squad with Mike Zunino and Francisco Mejia healthy. He'll open the season at Triple-A Durham, where he hit .299/.327/.532 with 12 homers and 35 RBI in 52 games last season.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Added to 40-man roster

    Pinto was added to the Rays' 40-man roster on Sunday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

    The 25-year-old catcher has never played in the majors and hit .299/.327/.532 with 12 home runs in 52 games at Triple-A last season. His 27.5 percent strikeout rate and 3.3 percent walk rate portend a much lower batting average against MLB pitching, but he's essentially ready to provide big-league depth behind Mike Zunino and Francisco Mejia.

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  • Rays' Rene Pinto: Added to 60-man pool

    Pinto was added to the Rays' 60-player pool Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Pinto was at spring training as a non-roster invitee and will now head to the team's alternate training site in Port Charlotte. The 23-year-old provides catching depth after veteran Chris Herrmann exercised his opt-out clause last week.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela
Age: 26
Bats/Throws: R, R