Prospect Watch: Cole and Pimentel Have Good Starts, Lambo and Garcia Homer


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 (2-1, 2.45) - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.03) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.308) - 2-for-6, 2 2B

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.248) – 2-for-6, 2B, BB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.266) - DNP

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) – Low-A DL

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (1-0, 1.80) - DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (3-2, 2.76) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 3.91) –  DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.278) –  DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.254) - 0-for-1

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) – In Majors

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.182) - DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 5.16) - DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 2.87) – DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.34) - DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 0.74) - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR



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Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.45) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Darren Ford, CF (.271) – 2-for-5, HR, BB

Home Runs: Darren Ford (1), Andrew Lambo (4), Willy Garcia (2)


Gerrit Cole cut down on the walks tonight.

Gerrit Cole cut down on the walks tonight.


Box Score

Result:  Lehigh Valley 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.45) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Darren Ford, CF (.271) – 2-for-5, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jared Hughes, RHP (0.00) – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Brooks Brown, RHP (1.57) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Ivan De Jesus, 2B (.367) – 2-for-5, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had 13 walks in 17.1 innings over his previous three starts. He cut down on the control issues in this start, walking just two and throwing 52 strikes in 85 pitches. The game went 13 innings, and featured three shutout innings in relief by Brooks Brown. Darren Ford hit his first homer of the year. Ivan De Jesus wasn’t getting much playing time after Josh Harrison was sent down to Triple-A. He has been getting more playing time lately, and has started the last two games with Jordy Mercer in the majors. De Jesus is 12-for-26 with three doubles and a triple in his last ten games.



Box Score

Result:  Erie 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (0.74) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.375) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, LF (.279) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel gave up a solo homer in the first inning with two outs, snapping a 17.2 inning shutout streak. He gave up another solo homer in the sixth inning. Pimentel now has three earned runs in 36.1 innings this year. Altoona carried a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Jeff Inman gave up two runs for a walk off Erie win. Adalberto Santos is now 5-for-16 with two doubles and four walks since returning from the DL. Andrew Lambo hit his fourth homer of the year.



Game One Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 7, Palm Beach 3

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (2-0, 4.40) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.235) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.314) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Jose Osuna, 1B (.277) – 2-for-4

Elias Diaz, C (.267) – 2-for-3, 3B

Game Notes: Robby Rowland had given up eight earned runs in 8.2 innings over his previous two starts coming into this game. This start was more typical of how Rowland usually pitches. He didn’t allow any walks, and had a high ground ball rate, with a 10:5 GO/AO ratio. Rowland has eight walks in 28.2 innings this year, although seven of those came in two of his six starts. This was the third time in his last four starts that he didn’t issue a walk. Willy Garcia hit his second homer of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 8, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-5, 6.35) – 3.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Benji Gonzalez, 2B (.256) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.248) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: With Zack Dodson joining the rotation soon, Matt Benedict could be on his way to the bullpen. If that happens, it would seem likely that Benedict would step into a long relief or a piggyback role, splitting time with Eliecer Navarro. The Marauders scored two runs in the first inning after two doubles from Alen Hanson and Dan Gamache, but couldn’t score after that.



West Virginia was off today.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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