Prospect Watch: Pimentel With Another Shutout Start, Bell Hits Third 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 (1-1, 2.76) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-1, 2.63) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.338) –  DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.243) – DNP

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.284) – 1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 2.40) – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (1-2, 3.92) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-1, 3.50) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.273) – 2-for-5, SB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.277) – 1-for-1, 2 BB

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.69) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.167) – DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.00) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.18) – DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.76) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.39) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 0 HR



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Top Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (1-0, 0.39) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.284) – 1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Josh Bell (3)



Game One Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Lehigh Valley 1

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (2-1, 2.08) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jerry Sands, RF (.164) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.304) – 2-for-3

Bryan Morris, RHP (1.69) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kris Johnson was removed in the sixth inning with two runners on base. Bryan Morris came on to strand both runners for the final out. Morris stayed on to get the save, but gave up a run in the seventh inning. Jerry Sands made the difference in the game with a two RBI double in the fourth inning. Matt Hague and Jordy Mercer added RBIs in the 5th. Johnson now has a 2.08 ERA in 21.1 innings this year, with a 15:10 K/BB ratio.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 6, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, RHP (1-1, 3.76) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.319) – 2-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.344) – 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, SB

Josh Harrison, 2B (.278) – 1-for-4, RBI, SB

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Andy Oliver continued to have control issues and unlike three of his four previous outings when he threw shutout ball, this time the walks came back to hurt him. Oliver walked five batters and gave up two homers, leaving after five innings with Indianapolis down by a 6-1 score. He has now issued 17 walks in his 26.1 innings. Duke Welker threw a scoreless seventh inning and has now thrown 11 shutout innings on the year over six appearances. Indianapolis was 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts. Alex Presley played both games on the doubleheader, his first games since being sent back to the minors when the Pirates recalled Brandon Inge.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Richmond 2

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (1-0, 0.39) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.333) – 2-for-4, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Andy Vasquez, 3B (.350) – 2-for-5

Jeff Inman, RHP (1.80) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel didn’t have much trouble this afternoon. The only serious jam he faced was in the sixth inning. Pimentel gave up a single, then walked two to load the bases with one out. He escaped the inning with back to back strikeouts. The first came on a seven pitch battle with Mark Minicozzi. The second was a three pitch strikeout against Jarrett Parker. Pimentel has given up one run in 23.1 innings this year with Altoona, along with a 23:13 K/BB ratio. He has only given up 13 hits on the year. The walks are an issue, but overall his stuff has been dominant. Andrew Lambo extended his hitting streak to ten games, and has reached base safely in all 20 of his games this year.



Bradenton was off today.


Josh Bell hit his third homer of the year today.
Josh Bell hit his third homer of the year today.


Box Score

Result: Charleston 6, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (2.40) – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.284) – 1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.273) – 2-for-5, SB

Jason Creasy, RHP (5.52) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow had some trouble in the fourth inning. He put two runners on, and allowed one to score on a ground rule double. I’m not sure how he was credited for two runs. David Jagoditsh came on with one inherited runner. That runner was thrown out at the plate. Jagoditsh then put four runners on, and all four scored, but was only credited for three runs. Josh Bell provided most of the offense for West Virginia. He hit a two run homer in the top of the 4th inning, which was his third of the year. He also knocked in a run with a ground out in the ninth. WV pitchers used a total of 113 pitches to get through the first four innings.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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NorCal Buc

Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (1-0, 0.39) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Me thinx Stolmy belongs higher than Prospect no. 20.

I wonder if he’d be ticketed to Indi when Cole comes to PNC this summer?

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