Right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel was promoted to Indianapolis from Double-A Altoona on Saturday, as first reported by Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror. The move corresponds with pitcher Nick Kingham joining the Altoona Curve from Bradenton.
Pimentel, 23, threw 243 innings between Double-A Portland and Altoona since 2011. This has been his best season at the level, maintaining a 3.61 ERA for Altoona striking out 61 hitters and walking 35 in 77.1 innings.
The Dominican Republic native joined the Pirates organization along with pitcher Mark Melancon, outfielder Jerry Sands and infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. in a December trade that sent closer Joel Hanrahan and infielder Brock Holt to the Boston Red Sox. Pimentel was dominant in April, pitching scoreless starts in four of his first five outings. After a rough May, Pimentel has returned to form, allowing three runs and striking out 12 hitters over his last two starts.
In our midseason Top 20 rankings, Pimentel ranked No. 17 in the system and was part of Tier 4. He can hit 97 mph with fastball and flashes a good slider. Pimentel is currently on the Pirates’ 40-man roster.