Comments on: Top Performers: Great Pirates Debuts by Andy Oliver and Stolmy Pimentel Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:37:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: buccotime57 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:27:34 +0000 I was at the erie/altoona game on sunday and Pimentel was great at keeping hitters off balance mixing his stuff. He lost control on a couple fastballs up and in a few times but other than that looked solid.

By: meatygettingsaucy Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:14:05 +0000 Taillon was really spectacular to watch for the second time and I recommend anyone who is close to Erie to drive up if he is pitching here again. You are right on top of the action. Some notes on the game:

– The game time temperature was about 47 with a very cool breeze coming off the lake (Jerry Uht Park is only about 1 mile from Lake Erie). I don’t know if Taillon has ever pitched in very cold weather before.

– His 4-seam was sitting roughly 91-93 on the gun (which is notorious for being off), and cranked one up to 95 in the 4th. The 2-seam was sitting roughly 87-90.

-He kept his 4-seam down low in the zone early in counts, missing outside occasionally to hitters. He can easily move the pitch around the strike zone. The 2-seam, which is one of his offerings I haven’t heard a lot about, was highly effective. He used it almost exclusively against righties, running it onto their hands forcing ground balls.

– His curve was hit and miss and he left two of them up, one being smacked into center for a hit, the other being turned into a double play. He also froze several hitters, including three straight on Ramon Cabrera. He recorded 3 strikeouts with the pitch, making each hitter look rather foolish.

– His change only showed up a few times throughout the game and was used to induce two groundball outs against lefty hitters. It was a low 80’s pitch and, I think, it could be highly effective.

– Every single batter was late on Taillon’s fastball. The only two hard hit balls of the game were a curve left up in the zone that was taken back up the middle, and a chanegup low and away that was slapped over the 2B head.

– It should be noted that the Seawolves is not a light hitting team either, they have three very, very good prospects at the top of their lineup in Daniel Fields, Hernan Perez, and Tyler Collins, as well as James McCann and Ramon Cabrera.