Prospect Watch: Pimentel With Another Good Start; Taillon Doesn’t Have Best Stuff


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, 2.97) – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.278) – 1-for-4, RBI

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (4-2, 2.69) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.289) – DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.000) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.290) – 1-for-3

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 3.38) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-0, 2.00) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.000) – DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.270) – 0-for-4

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.303) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.250) – 0-for-4

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.214) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL (UPDATE 6/22)

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.98) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 2.88) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.25) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.204) – DNP

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



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Top Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (1-1, 2.88) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, CF (.291) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None


Stolmy Pimentel
Stolmy Pimentel had another strong outing in Triple-A.


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (1-1, 2.88) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, CF (.291) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jared Goedert, 3B (.247) – 3-for-5, RBI

Tony Sanchez, C (.303) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Vic Black, RHP (2.25) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel gave up two earned runs in 13 innings over his first two starts in Triple-A. In his last outing he gave up six earned runs in five innings, but bounced back this time with another strong outing. He didn’t get a lot of strikeouts, but he had a 10:5 GO/AO ratio, and only needed 81 pitches to get through seven innings, with 53 strikes. Vic Black has been slowly making his way back after missing a month with an injury. He went three days between his first two outings, then two days until his next one. He had two days off before this outing. The Pirates don’t need him any time soon in the bullpen, but he probably wouldn’t be ready until he could pitch on back to back nights. Alex Presley has six multi-hit games in his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Binghamton 4, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3.38) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 3B (.274) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jameson Taillon, RHP (2.97) – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Gregory Polanco, CF (.278) – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Altoona had their game suspended yesterday in the first inning. Nick Kingham made the start, then was replaced by Jameson Taillon when the game resumed. Taillon was originally scheduled to start today. Taillon hasn’t had his best stuff lately, striking out just eight in 16.1 innings over his last three starts. He threw 91 pitches and 52 strikes in his 4.1 innings tonight. One thing he did have going for him was a high ground ball rate, with a 7:1 GO/AO ratio.



Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 5, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (0-2, 2.93) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.214) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.249) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: In three starts, Joely Rodriguez has a 2.93 ERA in 15.1 innings, with a 6:5 K/BB ratio. He got off to a slow start in West Virginia this year before turning things on in May and dominating through the middle of June. Stetson Allie hasn’t been hitting for average in his first few games in Bradenton, and he hasn’t hit a home run yet, but he does have five doubles in 42 at-bats. Alen Hanson has missed the last few games with a leg cramp.



Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 4, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (4-2, 2.69) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, SS (.248) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.290) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Max Moroff picked up his 15th double of the year. He had a .304/.429/.507 line in 69 at-bats in the month of June, and has two doubles in two games this month. Tyler Glasnow has a 3.18 ERA in 45.1 innings over his last ten starts, with a 70:25 K/BB ratio.



Jamestown was suspended in the second inning.



Game One Box Score

Result: Yankees 3, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Cesilio Pimentel, LHP (1.35) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 2B (.241) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Curry, DH (.167) – 0-for-3

Jerry Sands, RF (.000) – 0-for-1, BB

Game Notes: Matt Curry and Jerry Sands both made rehab starts today. Curry is rehabbing from hamate surgery, making his second rehab appearance. His last game was on June 22nd. Sands has been out since June 19th with a hamstring issue. This is the first game he has played since going on the DL. Cesilio Pimentel has given up one earned run on four hits and three walks in 6.2 innings this year, striking out five.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Wei-Chung Wang, LHP (3.55) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, 2B (.174) – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Justin Maffei, CF (.297) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Tomas Morales, C (.571) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Wei-Chung Wang is off to a good start this year, with a 3.55 ERA in 12.2 innings in his first three starts. Almost all of his runs came in the final inning of his first start. Wang also has a 16:0 K/BB ratio in that span. Cameron Griffin came in after Wang to throw two shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out four.

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Pimentel has the ocassional bad outing, mainly because of control issues, but it looks like he might be able to help the Pirates before this season is over.


I am beginning to be a little concerned about Taillon – he has had 3-4 mediocre starts in a row now, with very low SO numbers – and this against AA lineups not exactly loaded with top prospects or great hitters. I saw him in person in Bowie a week or so ago, and the only think that was impressive about him was his velocity – ranged from 95-99. But his control was spotty and he could not put batters away late in counts.

For someone with his pedigree, high prospect status, stuff, etc., I would expect him to dominate AA lineups with high SO rates.

Probably no reason for alarm, but concern. I was hoping and expecting he would be pushing for a AAA promotion by now.


Taillon is working on adding a changeup to his repertoire. Perhaps that is the reason he has not been dominant. Minor leagues are still for experimenting and improving your game. I doubt there is anything to worry about.

Bryan Graham

I wouldn’t worry too much about it although it is perplexing that neither Taillon or Cole had very impressive strikeout numbers. Cole has done well so far, but I would feel much better about him if his secondary stuff was better.

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