In the Dominican Saturday night, Stolmy Pimentel made his winter league debut as the starting pitching for Estrellas de Oriente. He went three innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts.

Willy Garcia was in the opposing lineup against Pimentel. He walked in the only meeting between the two Pirates in the game. Garcia finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a walk.

Mel Rojas Jr. was back in the lead-off spot and playing center field. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Rojas is 7-for-25 so far, with seven singles.

Alen Hanson came in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and popped out to shortstop in his only at-bat. He stayed on and finished the game at second base. After reaching base six times in his first two games, he is 0-for-8 in the last three games.

There was one Pirates player we missed from the other day in the Dominican. Catcher Carlos Paulino made his debut Thursday night as a defensive replacement late in a one-sided game. He didn’t get a chance to bat. He is with Gigantes del Cibao.

In Venezuela, Junior Sosa went 0-for-2 with a walk. He was the only Pirates player in Venezuela to play on Saturday.

In Mexico, Dean Anna went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and a walk. He is hitting .356 and has 16 hits and 13 walks in 11 starts.

Felipe Gonzalez made his sixth relief appearance. He recorded one out, allowed a single and threw a wild pitch. He has given up two runs in 6.2 innings.

Two more winter leagues begin play on Thursday, when the Australian Baseball League and the Puerto Rican winter league, which is called Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, get their seasons started. There will be Pirates players in both leagues, though the final rosters haven’t been announced yet.

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  1. Well I hope Stolmy Pimentel comes around since the Pirates pretty much wasted a spot on their 25 this past summer by deciding to hold on to him . Under the FWIIW category , I am not impressed with him .

  2. Just because he has “great stuff” doesn’t mean he will ever be a good pitcher. I just don’t see the infatuation with this guy. Guys who can throw mid 90s are a dime a dozen now….

    • The reverse is probably true though.. if a guy has terrible stuff it’s highly likely he won’t be a good pitcher.. so I’m hoping they’re seeing improvement and they believe his chances of coming around are good

      • Well, that is obviously true – but, if the team had not insisted on keeping Pimentel on the 25 man – even though he could not be trusted to be used – maybe we win the division this past year and don’t play in the one game playoff??

        When his performance matches his “stuff”, I will be a believer. The Red Sox would not have thrown him in the trade if they thought much of him.

        • If there was a two win player that wasn’t already on anyone’s 40 man? I get your point though.. that was the sacrifice they made cause I’m guessing they believe he will reach his potential. . I think they went into the year not anticipating him reaching last year even? Just saying that cause he didn’t get many innings.. the brewers did the same with the rule 5 kid they got from us.. just resource management I reckon

  3. Nothing to do with Stolmy… the Oscar Taveras news is just shocking and sad. Was looking forward to a few years of Polanco v. Taveras talk on who was the better player. Now we’ll never know.

    Condolences to Oscar’s family, friends & teammates. And to GP, who knew Oscar pretty well.

    • Yes, I agree that is very sad news. I just found out today around 3:00 and I was in complete shock this one really really hurts the baseball world, nobody wants to hear of any new like this. In the baseball world no matter friend or foe if you truely love baseball in the end it doesn’t matter who wins the World Series or who won the MVP it is about the love for the same sport.

  4. That Stolmy spent the entire year with the big club and still saw little action indicates to me that either he’s not taking to the Searage treatment, or the Pirates are pushing him to be somebody he can’t be. This is a guy who had decent control when throwing in low 90s but needed work on secondary pitches to be an effective starter. But the Pirates seem more enamored of the potential for those 98mph heaters despite the increased lack of control.

    Honestly have no idea what he’ll end up being, but if somehow things click, having a Pimintel who actually knows how to pitch might be the best reclamation of all.

    • Stolmy’s problem is that there are other options available to the Pirates that are better than him. With the addition of Holdzkom and LaFromboise to Melancon, Watson and Hughes where is there room in the BP other than long man? One interesting stat to look at is how similar (except ERA) Liriano’s and Wilson’s numbers ended up being if you scale the innings to give each equal work. Wilson could make a decent starter. Even if you don’t sign Liriano or Volquez or someone new for the two open 2015 starter positions you can choose your first five from: Cole, Worley, Morton, Locke, Wilson, and perhaps in the second half: Taillon, Kingham, or Sampson with Glasnow available in 2016 . Which of these options is Stolmy better than? Competing for the long man role you have Cumpton and Sadler. Stolmy might fit there, but his better value to the Pirates is as part of a trade package for either a catcher if they don’t sign Martin or 1B if some combo of Pedro, TSanchez, Davis or Lambo doesn’t work out.

      • I hadn’t considered Wilson as a potential starter for next year.. good point.. I think if stolmy puts it together he could be better then all but cole and maybe a healthy morton.. we have to have one of the weakest rotations at the moment..

      • I really doubt there is any starting potential in a pitcher twice moved to the pen in AAA, who walks 4 batter/9 innings in relief, and doesn’t have any semblance of a breaking pitch.

    • Pimental had shoulder issues early in the year hence his fastball velocity sitting at 90 mph for his first several appearances then the month on the DL. It is quite possible this affected him for a good portion of the season. Also, coming into the year his slider was rated the best in the system.

      Agree, that it is hard to know what to make of him, but I have to think there is a reason he was kept around.

  5. People forget about Stolmy, but he may get a SP / BP slot by default. He was essentially a Rule V draft pick in 2014 since he was out of options. We’re going to have to do something with him.

    • He has such great stuff, it’d just be really nice to see him start to put it together. Of course, actually getting some reps might help him going into next year. I understand you can’t just plug in as big of a question mark as he was throughout this last season, but at some point he just has to learn how to get major league hitters out.

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