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Prospect Watch: Pimentel Gets Hit Again, Bell and Allie Lead West Virginia Offense

Prospect Watch: Pimentel Gets Hit Again, Bell and Allie Lead West Virginia Offense


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 (3-2, 3.75) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-5, 3.02) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.303) – 1-for-4, 2 K

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.272) – 2-for-4, 2B

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (Luis Heredia Close to Joining West Virginia)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 2.12) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (5-2, 3.42) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-3, 5.50) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.295) – 1-for-4, BB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.296) – DNP

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.189) – 0-for-3

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (1-1, 6.94) – DNP

16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.66) – DNP

17. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-1, 2.61) – DNP

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

19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 3.35) – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

20. Jordy Mercer, SS, Indianapolis (.333) – In Majors



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Top Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (3-3, 2.76) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jared Goedert, 3B (.237) – 3-for-4, HR, BB

Home Runs: Jared Goedert (4), Jerry Sands (2), Jarek Cunningham (7), Adalberto Santos (2), Walker Gourley (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Pawtucket 4

Starting Pitcher: Brooks Brown, RHP (3-0, 3.72) – 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jared Goedert, 3B (.237) – 3-for-4, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.288) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Jerry Sands, RF (.170) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, BB

Game Notes: Jerry Sands got the Indians off to a great start with a grand slam in the first inning, leading to a five run inning. Jared Goedert later added some insurance with a solo homer in the sixth, and had three hits on the day. Indianapolis was facing a right-hander, and Sands and Goedert have done better against lefties this year, so the homers were good to see. Brooks Brown made his fifth start of the year. He has a 4.56 ERA in 23.2 innings, with a 14:6 K/BB ratio. This was the first time he went longer than five innings, and the second time he went longer than four innings.



Box Score

Result: Reading 6, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (2-2, 3.35) – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.276) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.211) – 1-for-4, HR

Mel Rojas, CF (.225) – 1-for-3, 3B

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel gave up three runs in the first inning in large part to a two run homer. He gave up two more runs in the fifth inning on another two run homer. In his last three starts, Pimentel has given up 17 earned runs in 17.1 innings. That’s after giving up just three earned runs in his first 36.1 innings this season. Adalberto Santos hit his second home run of the year. Jarek Cunningham hit his seventh homer of the year.



Box Score

Result: Tampa 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-8, 3.78) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.272) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.303) – 1-for-4, 2 K

Game Notes: Earlier today I wrote about Alen Hanson and how he’s turned his offense and defense around since being benched for a few days in mid-May. Hanson continued hitting tonight, getting his sixth multi-hit game in his last ten games, and his fourth double in his last six games. Eliecer Navarro now has a 3.78 ERA in 47.2 innings, along with a 44:9 K/BB ratio. However, he hardly gets any run support, leading to an 0-8 record on the season.


Josh Bell has an .858 OPS in the month of May.

Josh Bell has an .878 OPS in the month of May.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 11, Kannapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (3-3, 2.76) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, DH (.325) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.283) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Max Moroff, SS (.215) – 3-for-5, 2B

Walker Gourley, 1B (.333) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: In his last five starts, Joely Rodriguez has given up two earned runs in 29.1 innings, with a 23:4 K/BB ratio. The lefty has also been working in the low 90s at times this year, topping out at 94. Stetson Allie had three hits in a game for the second day in a row. He has a five game hitting streak and is 9-for-20 with three doubles and two homers in that stretch. Josh Bell picked up two hits and a double, and now has a .292 average, an .878 OPS, and a 16:13 BB/K ratio in 65 at-bats in May. Walker Gourley hit his second homer of the year.

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  • Lee Young

    The ‘olive’ may be off Pimental’s martini?

    Any idea why all of a sudden he is getting knocked around?

    • Ronald Heberle

      Lee, I wasn’t at the game so I don’t know but one thing I see, yeah he gave up 8 hits but there was only one walk in 7 innings pitched. What hurt was two hits were homers. They were both 2 run home runs. The first was in the first inning with 2 outs, the other in the 5th with 2 outs. So I don’t think thats too concerning. He gave up one double so of the 8 hits only 3 were for extra bases. The other 5 were singles. I would say chalk it up to more of a game from a young pitcher who is hitting the strike zone a lot from the stat line. If anyone was there let me know if I am even close.

  • smurph

    West Virginia has some offensive firepower. Hopefully a couple of these kids can be major leaguers, and I am glad to see Stetson Allie make the naysayers eat crow.

  • Slugger14

    What does that kid have to do to make you known believers-BELIEVE! I know it is only A-ball bah-bah-bah. This kid has done it in (2)mo of GCL and (1 1/2) mo. of A-ball. (22) years old and didn’t hit for (2) years. As I said before, you’ve got to give KID his props! He has probably the BEST upside of any of the higher prospects. Let him continue to mature and make ALL of you-“Eat Crow”

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