Minor League Schedule: Cole Gets The Afternoon Start Today

Top prospect Gerrit Cole will make the start this afternoon for Indianapolis, trying to bounce back from a tough outing six days ago. Also looking for a bounce back is Stolmy Pimentel, who has been hit hard since the calendar flipped from April to May. All four Pirates affiliates won yesterday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here.

Gerrit Cole defeated Buffalo last time they met
Gerrit Cole defeated Buffalo last time they met

AAA: Indianapolis (34-15) @ Buffalo (26-20) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (3-2, 3.75)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Buffalo 5

Gerrit Cole will make his tenth start of the season this afternoon. He is coming off his worst start of the year, eight runs over 5.2 innings against Pawtucket on Sunday. Cole has pitched a total of 48 innings this season, giving up 36 hits, four homers and 23 walks, while picking up 35 strikeouts. Three of those homers he has served up, came against today’s opponent on 5/14, when he allowed four runs over six innings. Cole struck out 136 batters in 132 innings last year, but this season he has yet to pick up more than five strikeouts in any game. He has a 1.33 GO/AO ratio and a .214 BAA.

AA: Altoona (20-27) vs Richmond (23-23) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Stolmy Pimentel (2-2, 3.35)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 14, Richmond 4

Stolmy Pimentel will get his tenth start of the season tonight. He started the season off strong, going 2-0, 0.30 in five April starts. Since May has started however, he is 0-2, 7.33 in four outings. He has faced Richmond twice already this year with vastly different results. In April, he threw six shutout innings, striking out a season high eight batters. In May, he allowed six runs over 4.1 innings, his worst start of the year. Pimentel has been excellent against right-handed batters this year, holding them to a .190 BAA, while lefties are hitting .292 against him. Oddly enough, he has almost the same exact split at home and on the road. On the road, he is holding hitters to a .193 BAA, while in home starts, batters are hitting .293 against him.

High-A: Bradenton (20-28) @ St Lucie (26-20) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-8, 3.78)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 8, St Lucie 6

Eliecer Navarro will make his ninth start of the year tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Navarro has been the victim of tough luck all season, allowing more than three earned runs just once all year (4 ER two starts ago). Despite that, he leads the organization in losses. He has faced St Lucie twice already this year, allowing five earned runs over 9.1 innings. In 47.2 innings this season, Navarro has given up just nine walks, while striking out 44 batters. He has yet to give up a walk or a home run to a left-handed batter this season.

Low-A: West Virginia (26-22) vs Lakewood (19-27) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (3-3, 2.76)
Yesterday’s Result:  West Virginia 11, Lakewood 2

Joely Rodriguez will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has been very strong since a slow beginning to his year. In his first four starts, he allowed 20 runs over his first 19.2 innings. Since then, Rodriguez has given up just two earned runs in his last five starts combined, a total of 29.1 innings. At home this year, he is 1-2, 3.16 in five starts. His last two home starts, he has given up one earned run over 12 innings and didn’t walk a batter in either game. Rodriguez has 39 strikeouts in 40 innings, with a 2.03 GO/AO ratio and a .263 BAA.

Recent Transactions

5/23 Vic Black placed on disabled list.

5/22 Orlando Castro assigned to Jamestown. Josh Smith added to West Virginia roster

5/20 Alex Dickerson placed on DL. Justin Howard added to Altoona roster.

5/19 Chase d’Arnaud assigned to Altoona roster.

5/18 Jeff Karstens added to Altoona roster.

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Lee Young

Hopefully, today is the day both Cole and Stolmy (mostly Cole, but…) turn it around.

I hope Gerrit becomes dominant, but more and more, I see a Brad Penny-like (to name one over hyped underachieving starter) career for him.



What was that Yogi saying ?…something like “half the game is 90% mental.”
I need to go search that out.


I found it……”90% of the game is mental the other half is physical”


I have no idea what kind of career Cole is going to have and can’t think of anyone to compare him with, the Pirates work with these pitchers in the minor leagues and want them to be able to perfect all their pitches, you can’t tell what they are working with him on from the stats.
Cole could very easily pitch better than he does if he or the team decided he could throw his out pitch everytime he goes out or they could tell him he needs to work on his changeup this time out and who knows that changeup might be getting clobbered, in the majors he would use his outpitch.
A lot of teams like St.Louis, Cincinnati let their pitchers pitch as well as they can and go by the results. If a 19 year old pitcher pitches lights out(Glasnow), he moves up, up and away, but that does not work that way at any level with Pittsburgh. Glasnow might be pitching in the majors for someone like Houston or St.Louis and billed as a phenom, but with Pittsburgh they will work on him till he gets to the majors no matter what level he is in, they will take him through his ups and downs in the minors, a lot of teams won’t.

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