Prospect Watch: Pimentel Dominant in Triple-A Debut; Sanchez Hits 9th 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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 2.89) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.417) – DNP

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.83) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.281) – 1-for-4, SB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, 2013 1st Round Pick, Unsigned

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.289) – DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, 2013 1st Round Pick, Unsigned

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.282) – DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.303) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.222) – DNP

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, West Virginia (.324) – DNP

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.95) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.400) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB, RBI

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-0, 0.00) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (0.00) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.303) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (9), Ivan De Jesus (3), Danny Collins (1)


Stolmy Pimentel
Stolmy Pimentel struck out seven in six innings in his Triple-A debut.


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Norfolk 2

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (0.00) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.303) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Ivan De Jesus, DH (.322) – 2-for-3, HR, RBI

Matt Hague, 1B (.293) – 3-for-4, RBI

Erik Cordier, RHP (2-0, 4.44) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel had a great start in his Triple-A debut. The right-hander gave up just one unearned run in six innings. He only walked two, and threw 61 strikes out of 95 pitches. Both are good signs, since he’s struggled with his control at times this year. He also struck out seven, continuing his impressive strikeout numbers out of the rotation this year. Obviously we know by his time in Double-A that we’re going to need a lot of starts to judge him. He was lights out for the first month of the season in Altoona, then was horrible in May. Still, it’s good to see he’s rebounded from those struggles in May. Tony Sanchez hit his 9th homer of the year, and his 19th double of the year. Ivan De Jesus hit his third homer of the year, which ended up being the eventual winning run.



Altoona was off today.



Box Score

Result: Jupiter 2, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (2-3, 5.56) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.297) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.281) – 1-for-4, SB

Junior Sosa, LF (.281) – 1-for-3, 3B

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson has had some rough starts this year, despite some promising stuff. He might be turning it around in his recent starts, with seven earned runs in 19 innings, along with an 11:1 K/BB ratio over the last three outings. Sampson gave up nine hits tonight, giving him 17 hits in those 19 innings. Alen Hanson picked up his 19th stolen base of the year. Dan Gamache is on a hot streak lately, going 13-for-40 with six doubles, a homer, and four stolen bases in his last ten games.



West Virginia was off today for the SAL All-Star break.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 5, Mahoning Valley 0

Starting Pitcher: Isaac Sanchez, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Collins, DH (.500) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Elvis Escobar, LF (.750) – 3-for-4, RBI

Harold Ramirez, CF (.400) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB, RBI

Jin-De Jhang, C (.500) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Check out my 2013 Jamestown Jammers preview for information on all of the players on the roster. Isaac Sanchez is a sleeper to watch in Jamestown this year, throwing in the low 90s with much better control this year. He got off to a great start tonight, with five shutout innings, no walks, and five strikeouts. 2013 13th round pick Danny Collins hit his first pro home run, and the first homer for Jamestown this year. Elvis Escobar, Harold Ramirez, and Jin-De Jhang are the top three prospects at the level, and combined to go 7-for-13 on the night. Lance Breedlove and Kevin Kleis each pitched two shutout innings to close out the game.

  • The rankings amaze me, I can’t see how Barnes, McGuire, Bell, Meadows and Hanson can be ahead of Allie. None of them have that kind of power, Allie is 22 and his hitting is not a fluke, either way none of these guys are doing any better at lower levels than he is. If you want to say Allie still has to prove he can hit at higher levels, you have to say the same thing about them.
    McGuire ranked ahead of Sanchez? hows that happen?

    • “If you want to say Allie still has to prove he can hit at higher levels, you have to say the same thing about them.”

      A big indicator of whether a guy can hit at higher levels is K/BB. Allie has horrible strikeout rates, and those usually don’t improve as you move up. Also, the other guys you mention are a few years younger than Allie, so they’re still developing tools. So they’ve got more room for improvement than Allie.

      Basically it’s looking past the numbers in low-A, and looking at the skills. To put it another way, Orlando Castro had amazing numbers in low-A, while Clay Holmes has struggled at the same level. But everyone would take Holmes over Castro because Holmes is a 6′ 5″ right-hander who throws 95, while Castro is a 5′ 11″ left-hander who bases his game off control. If you look at the numbers, Castro is better. If you look at the skills, Holmes is better. Prospect rankings are based on the skills, especially at low-A.

  • Sanchez another throwing error tonight. 2 nights in a row. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I saw him in Columbus and he couldn’t make the throw to the 3B after strikeouts twice (bounced them) and threw a couple of throwdowns after warmups into centerfield. I hope he can get this straightened out soon. We are one foul tip off a catchers wrist from needing him.

  • Good to see Pimentel jump out to a great start. Some pretty decent bats in that Norfolk lineup. Decent mix of prospects and younger vets including Brandon Wood and Chris “Neckbeard the Pirate” Snyder. Although I guess you really can’t call Wood good. You have to hand it to these guys that stick it out. Wood is still only 28. 450+ minor league XBH under his belt and counting. Thanks for the report on Ramierez buccotime.

  • Just got back from the jamestown game. You could tell that Harold Ramirez is a much more advanced hitter than his peers from both dugouts. Also, when he hit the ball you knew it, nice crack of the bat. Was robbed of a hit at the end of the game, looked like he was safe. I have been to several games at mahoning valley, including last years hr derby and have never seen a ball travel as far as dan collins HR. Overall, fun night to see some guys get going in the right direction.