Dini, who just turned 26, is a former 14th-round draft pick who stands at just 5’8. He has mostly flown under the prospect radar while steadily moving up the ladder. Dini has a history of strong batting averages (.288 career), low strikeout rates (13.6%), and even a bit of speed (29 career steals).
Given a shot this year at Triple-A, Dini has made the most of his opportunities this season. Even given the Pacific Coast League’s offensive context, he has impressed offensively with a .296/.370/.565 batting line (119 wRC+). Dini has swatted 13 home runs, swiped seven bags, and turned in a strong 29:21 K/BB ratio over 213 plate appearances.
It seems that Dini will have a chance to turn into a reasonably capable offensive backstop. His defensive acumen isn’t really evident from public reports, though there is video evidence of a nice back pick last spring.
For the Royals, this is the latest move in a season-long effort to fill in for injured stalwart Salvador Perez. Having traded away Martin Maldonado, the club is cycling through much less established options. Meibrys Viloria and Cam Gallagher have been handling the position of late, but the latter recently came down with an injury that may require a stint on the injured list. The club just acquired Adam Moore, bolstering an organizational depth chart that also includes another player with MLB experience in Andrew Susac.