RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: February 1, 1990
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2006 (Red Sox)
How Acquired: Trade from Red Sox
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Pimentel established himself as a prospect in the Red Sox’ system while he was still a teenager. In fact, the Pirates reportedly were interested in him as part of the package when they traded Jason Bay to Boston in 2008. He originally threw in the upper 80s to lower 90s, with a strong change and a curve. His velocity has increased, but at the cost of some command. He’s ditched the curve for a slider, but it hasn’t been a good pitch so far. The Pirates acquired Pimentel, along with Jerry Sands, Mark Melancon and Ivan De Jesus, for Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt.
DSL: 3-1-0, 2.90 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 62.0 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 8.7 K/9
Pimentel got off to a strong pro start in the DSL.
A-: 5-2-0, 3.14 ERA,