Prospect Watch: Pimentel Has Strong Debut, Polanco and Allie Hit First Homers


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 6.75) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.267) - 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.211) - 2-for-6, 2B, SB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.083) – DNP

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, Extended Spring Training

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 9.00) – DNP

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-1, 3.60) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 9.82) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.222) – DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.000) – DNP

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.167) – DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 10.13) - 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

17. Victor Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 8.10) - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR



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Top Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (0.00) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C (.600) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

Home Runs: Brandon Inge (1), Alex Dickerson (1), Jacob Stallings (2), Gregory Polanco (1), Stetson Allie (1), Eric Wood (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Columbus 0

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brandon Inge, 2B (.182) – 2-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.308) – 2-for-3, 2B

Ryan Reid, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Vic Black, RHP (8.10) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kris Johnson had a great winter in the Dominican Winter League. The Pirates opted to stretch him out as a starter this year with Indianapolis. He’ll be a guy to watch to see if he can carry the DWL success over to the season. He doesn’t look like a starting option in Pittsburgh, but could be a lefty relief option. Brandon Inge continued his rehab, and hit his first home run of the season.


Stolmy Pimentel threw six shutout innings today.

Stolmy Pimentel threw six shutout innings today.


Box Score

Result: Erie 5, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (0.00) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.313) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, 3B (.429) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel had a strong debut for the Curve. He threw 76 pitches, with 49 strikes. I wrote at the start of the season about how Pimentel looked great in Spring Training. He needs that to carry over to the start of the season with more starts like tonight. Pimentel has one option remaining, and will need to move to Indianapolis by mid-season at the latest. Alex Dickerson brought in the only two runs with an inside the park home run.



Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 9, Bradenton 8

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (10.13) – 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C (.600) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.267) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Willy Garcia, DH (.313) – 2-for-5

Alen Hanson, SS (.211) – 2-for-6, 2B, SB

Dan Gamache, 2B (.188) – 3-for-5

Game Notes: Click here for my story from the game.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Asheville 5

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (10.80) – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Stetson Allie, 1B (.235) – 2-for-5, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Jason Creasy, RHP (1.59) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

David Jagoditsh, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Pat Ludwig, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Walker Gourley, RF (.353) – 3-for-6, 2 2B

Eric Wood, 3B (.231) – 2-for-5, HR

Game Notes: Stetson Allie hit his first home run of the season. Eric Wood also hit his first homer of the season. John Kuchno had a rough second inning, giving up all four of his runs. The West Virginia bullpen combined for 7.2 shutout innings, allowing the Power offense to come back.

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