Ronny Leonel Paulino is a professional baseball player hailing from the Dominican Republic and plays as a catcher. Paulino came to the United States after being picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an undrafted free agent in 1997. The 16 year old joined at the Rookie league level and by 2002, was picked off by the Kansas City Royals based on a Rule 5 Draft.
After being invited to the spring training session in 2003, Paulino failed to perform and was sent back to the Pirates who decided to give him another run in the minors. Finally, in September 2005, Paulino got a chance to play in the big league and made his debut. He played just one other game that year, picking up two hits in his 4 at-bats.
The following season, Paulino represented the Dominican Republic at the 2006 World Baseball Classic as a backup catcher and that upped his value as well. By the end of the 2006 MLB season, Paulino had played 129 games with 442 at-bats while hitting at .310 with 55 RBI. He had become the starting catcher for the Pirates and was absolutely enjoying his time with the Pirates.
However, with time, Paulino began to be accused of being quite lazy so while there were signs in 2007 that he was in the decline, after posting a batting average of a still respectable .263, the signs became all too obvious in 2008 and Paulino spent the season bouncing between the AAA-League and the Pirates. His batting average dropped to .212 and soon it was time for him to shift to the Indianapolis Indians in the AAA-league. Despite his lazy performance on the field, the pitching staff maintained their stand that Paulino was an excellent catcher to work with.
In December 2008, Paulino was traded out to the Florida Marlins as Jason Jaramillo moved to the Pirates. In March, Paulino was involved in a quick trade scenario where he first moved to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Jack Taschner and then a couple of hours later, was returned to the Marlins for Hector Correa.