Prospect Watch: Cole Has His Best Start While Pimentel Has His Worst Start

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 (2-1, 2.23) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.26) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.303) – 0-for-3

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.252) – 2-for-5

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.287) – 1-for-4

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (2-0, 1.80) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (4-2, 2.95) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 6.10) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.264) – 1-for-4, HR

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.269) – 1-for-5, 2B

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.182) – 1-for-4

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.26) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.84) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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, 1.99) – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.23) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.231) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Brett Carroll (4), Dilson Herrera (2)

 

Gerrit Cole didn't have any control issues tonight.

Gerrit Cole didn’t have any control issues tonight.

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Scranton W/B 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2.23) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brett Carroll, DH (.268) – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Vic Black, RHP (2.84) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Tony Sanchez, C (.269) – 1-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Gerrit Cole had his best start of the year. It was the second time he went seven innings, and the third start in a row that he’s gone 6+ innings. A big positive is that Cole only walked two batters, and has four walks in 13 innings in his last two starts. Control has been a problem for him this year, with 15 walks in his first 23.1 innings. Tonight he threw 97 pitches with 68 strikes. Vic Black picked up his ninth save, throwing a perfect inning in the bottom of the 11th. Brett Carroll picked up his fourth homer of the year.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE  

Box Score

Result: Altoona 9, Richmond 8

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (1.99) – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.231) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Neil Walker, 2B (.250) – 1-for-4, 2B

Adalberto Santos, LF-3B (.345) – 3-for-4, BB

Andrew Lambo, 1B-LF (.290) – 3-for-5

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.152) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel had given up three runs in 36.1 innings heading into this start. He dealt with some control issues tonight, and had what was easily his worst start of the year. On the bright side, Pimentel did hit as high as 98 MPH, and was hitting 97 MPH a few times. Click here for John Eshleman’s report on the game.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (5.77) – 6.0 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.264) – 2-for-4, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.252) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Matt Benedict has been giving up a lot of runs lately along with a lot of hits. Tonight he gave up a lot of hits, but limited the damage through six innings. He threw 90 pitches, with 62 strikes, and had a 6:3 GO/AO ratio. Alen Hanson had his second straight multi-hit game. Jose Osuna also picked up his second straight multi-hit game.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Lexington 2, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (3-3, 1.58) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.264) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, DH (.339) – 2-for-3, BB

Josh Bell, RF (.287) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Orlando Castro had another strong start for West Virginia. On the season he has a 1.58 ERA in 40 innings, with a 35:2 K/BB ratio. He gave up a solo homer in the seventh inning, giving Lexington the go-ahead run. Dilson Herrera hit his second homer of the year. Stetson Allie is now hitting for a .339/.427/.603 line. His numbers are coming back to earth a bit, but they’re still up there. One big positive is that he has seven walks in his last seven games, and only five strikeouts in 19 at-bats during that span.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Sure he hit a HR, but as you have mentioned several times, Lambo needs to be playing in AAA over Carroll.

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    • pirates1026

      I was at the Scranton game last night to watch Cole. At times he was completely dominant. To be quite honest it appears as though he dials it up when he wants to. Granderson was down from the Yankees and Cole dialed it up against him. I watched alot of games and I can’t remember when I saw so many bats broken by one pitcher in a game (8-9). I am a little concerned about Cole with his stuff (hit 98 several times) he should be missing more bats ( only had 5Ks) but they made some good contact against him

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