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.

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Ivan DeJesus, Jr. is hitting the cover off the ball, but since his return from Injury (?) he is a steady 3B/2B and zero games defensively at SS. Instead, we have Josh Harrison, a career 2B, playing SS. The trade with Boston was positive just with Melancon, Pimental, and dropping the $7 mil owed to Hanrahan for 2013, but my interpretation of it was that we thought that DeJesus would be able to return to Shortstop, where he was the heir apparent for the Dodgers until breaking his leg in 2010 I think. When he came back a year or more later, Dee Gordon had stolen the job and DeJesus was moved to 2B, then traded to Boston where they had way too many SS in the first place. I like the fact that Jordy Mercer has separated himself from the pack, and hope that he continues to produce at the MLB Level, but are we giving up on DeJesus as a SS? Never read anything about his performance at SS in ST, but the positioning of the current group would indicate he is a 5th wheel.


Keep in mind that DeJesus cleared waivers before he was traded to Boston, meaning that every major league team (including the Pirates) had to chance to pick him up for nothing but a 40 man roster spot, and no one did.

So no one really thinks all that highly of DeJesus at this point, he’s just a minor league depth like Anderson Hernandez or someone like that.

Vince Riedy

It is also worth noting DeJesus’ defense at 2nd base is atrocious.

Lee Young

really? I’d heard he was okay as a defender.

What makes you say that? Did he make errors, no range?

Vince Riedy

He made an error in both games he played 2nd base but could of been charged with more. Balls go through his glove like it has a hole in it. His range is lacking. Balls that would routine plays were going through for hits. In addition, he appears to have no ability to turn a double play. This is only a 2 game sample so perhaps he just had a couple of bad games or there is another problem.

Vince Riedy

I was at the game today and watched Cole pitch. He was not impressive. He mostly worked in the 93-94 range touching 96. He did not seem to get many swings and misses. He never seemed to over match anyone. This is just one fame but he does not look Major League ready yet. Brooks Brown was the most impressive pitcher I saw tonight. He kept hitters off balance and worked in 93-95 range touching 98.

Ian Rothermund

If I had to guess I’d wager that Cole had a game plan going into it. He’s had issues with walks, so take a step back on the velo, simplify the pitch selection, and get comfortable. That resulted in fewer hits than innings pitched and only 2 BB in 6 innings, so in that aspect, I’d call the game a step in the right direction. Justin Verlander works mostly in the 93-94 range throughout games…but you always know he has that 101 in his back pocket if he really wants to turn it up. Personally, I don’t think enough pitchers with plus velocity play around with their fastball speeds; if you can throw 96, then awesome, but maybe slow it down to 91 or even 90 to get hitters off balance. You can achieve awkward swings without even having to throw a different pitch.

Vince Riedy

There were few if any awkward swings, Ian I understand and agree with what you are saying he most likely was working on command which is a good thing as he develops into a Major League pitcher. My point is he is not yet ready.

Lee Young

Ian….I wouldn’t compare Cole to Verlander, altho I ‘get’ what you’re saying.
I’ve seen too many power pitchers come and go, who never got their command down. This has been his issue since college. Just not too optimistic at this point.
Higher on JT, altho, I still wished we had taken Machado.


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