When we picked up Manny Pina (along with LF Tim Smith) in the Dan Gutierrez trade last year, I wasn't very excited. He had just posted a 703 OPS at AA. This year he posted a 732 OPS at AA which doesn't sound that exciting. But check this out:
Year ISP BB% BABIP
2009 .124 5.4% .294
2010 .161 9.8% .259
Using minorleaguesplits.com's nifty little tool, it adjust Pina's OPS to a little over 800 when factoring 'luck' into the mix. Manny's defense has always been considered good. But his ISP has been increasing year by year--so it look like he's getting stronger. We'll see if he can maintain that spike in his walk rate (so far at AAA it's back around 5% in 40 PA). He's hitting really well at AAA so far with a 902 OPS.
It will be interesting to see where Pina is at in 2011--he could be ready to be a backup to Kendall--but of course he needs to play more than once every two weeks. Having a young catcher step and be ready to start would be big because it would let Wil Myers move to the OF and come up sooner.