Prospect Watch: Stolmy Pimentel and Eric Wood Continue Hot Starts

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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 (1-1, 3.65) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-1, 1.00) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.351) -  3-for-5, 2B

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.176) - 0-for-4, BB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.254) - 1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.200) - 1-for-5

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 1.54) - 4.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) - Triple-A DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-2, 4.02) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-0, 2.57) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.286) - 0-for-3, BB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.270) - 2-for-4

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.209) - DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.43) - DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.86) - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 2.93) - DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.52) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (0.52) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B (.358) – 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Stefan Welch (1), Eric Wood (4)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 

Box Score

Result: Louisville 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2.81) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.270) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.302) – 2-for-5

Vic Black, RHP (3.86) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kris Johnson has a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings this year, with an 11:7 K/BB ratio. Tony Sanchez is 9-for-22 in his last six games. This was his third multi-hit game during that span. Vic Black gave up his first runs since the second inning of his first appearance. He had thrown seven shutout innings over five appearances since that point. On the season he has a 3.86 ERA in 9.1 innings, with a 14:6 K/BB ratio.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE 

Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (0.52) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 3B-1B (.194) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.240) – 2-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel ran into some control problems tonight, walking four batters in five innings. He also gave up his first run of the season in 17.1 innings. Pimentel has a 15:8 K/BB ratio to go with that one run. He threw 87 pitches tonight, with 56 strikes. Stefan Welch hit his first homer of the year. Jarek Cunningham had two hits, with one of those being a triple. He now has a .749 OPS on the year and a .200 ISO, which aren’t great, but are both improvements over last year.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton, RHP (6.00) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.216) – 3-for-4, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.333) – 3-for-5, 3B

Gregory Polanco, CF (.351) – 3-for-5, 2B

Matt Benedict, RHP (0-2, 4.61) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Charlie Morton started the game, making a rehab appearance. For my recap of Morton’s start, click here. Matt Benedict came on in relief and had one of his best outings of the year, and during his entire time in high-A. Jose Osuna has been hitting the ball well lately, and added three hits tonight. Gregory Polanco has also been hot at the plate, and had a three hit night. Add Benji Gonzalez to the list of players who is on a hot streak and had three hits. Alen Hanson didn’t pick up his offense tonight, but looked strong defensively, which is a change from where he was last week.

 

Eric Wood hit his fourth homer.

Eric Wood hit his fourth homer.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Hagerstown 4

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (1.54) – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B (.358) – 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Raul Fortunato, LF (.345) – 2-for-4

Josh Bell, RF (.254) – 1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Barrett Barnes, CF (.200) – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow has had some interesting results early in the season. In 11.2 innings he has given up five runs, but only two earned. He’s only given up five hits, but has walked nine batters. He’s also struck out 13. In his last two starts, Glasnow has given up one hit in 6.2 innings, with a 7:9 K/BB ratio. Eric Wood hit his fourth homer of the season, and is now hitting for a .358/.393/.660 line in 53 at-bats. Barrett Barnes, who was promoted earlier today, made his debut with West Virginia and got his first hit.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.heberle Ronald Heberle

    Tim, may I make a suggestion. SInce Jin-De Jhang is in extended spring training. Might it be possible to move Pimentel up one and add Allie to the list. I am thinking Jhang will not be playing until either State College or Rookie ball starts. Might be wrong. I realize Heredia is also in extended spring training but I think he will end up at West Virginia eventually and is only being kept there to limit his pitch count and wait for warmer weather do you agree.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      I only include the top 20 prospects in that list. Allie wouldn’t be the next guy on the list. I try to include him most nights in the West Virginia section.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.heberle Ronald Heberle

        OK, sounds fair enough. Just a thought.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.smalley.35 Andrew Smalley

    A couple minor issues (possibly semantics):

    1) I wouldn’t call Pimentel’s latest start a ‘continuation of his recent strong starts.’ 4 BBs, in 5 IP, is more in line w/ his last couple of years than the early results this season.
    2) Also, a .200 ISO (admittedly VERY early) *is* great for a MIF like Cunningham. In fact, it’s pretty special. Too bad he can’t make enough contact to realize his power.

    Also, what is Wood’s ranking in the system? For all the guys I’ve followed, I probably know the least about him.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      1. Pimentel is striking out more batters and not allowing as many hits. Yeah, you want fewer walks. I also heard some good reports on his pitching.
      2. With Cunningham I’m looking more at what he’s done in the past. He had a .258 ISO in high-A. I guess I’m also thinking long-term. I don’t look at stats and expect them to stay the same as a player moves up. So I look at a .200 ISO and see that going down in Triple-A and the majors.

      As for Wood, all of that information is in the Prospect Guide.

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