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Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Struggles Again, Mel Rojas Jr. Doubles Again

On Friday night in the Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel made his fourth start and continued to struggle. In two innings of work, he gave up just one run, but allowed three hits and three walks. In 9.1 innings, he has given up ten runs on 16 hits and seven walks, while striking out four batters. Pimentel has now made three starts in which he failed to go longer than two innings.

Wirfin Obispo was one of the five relievers that followed Pimentel for Estrellas de Oriente. He pitched the ninth inning and struck out the side to pick up his second save. Obispo is still a minor league free agent.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-5 with a double and run scored. The double was his seventh of the season and it was the fourth game in a row that he hit a double.

Willy Garcia went 2-for-5 with a double and run scored. The double was his seventh of the season. He started the game in center field and committed his first error.

In Venezuela, Jhonathan Ramos and Matt Nevarez pitched back-to-back for Bravos de Margarita. Ramos gave up two hits, including his first run allowed of the winter, which came on a solo homer. He recorded two outs. Nevarez threw 1.1 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out two batters. He signed with the Pirates through the 2015 season after they purchased his contract from independent ball in August. In 14 appearances, he has a 3.60 ERA and .154 BAA.

Ramon Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a walk. He is 7-for-24 in his last ten games, with three walks and just one strikeout. Cabrera has 13 hits this winter, all of them are singles.

In Puerto Rico, Bryton Trepagnier gave up two runs in his one inning of work. He allowed one hit, walked two and struck out two batters. He actually pitched a scoreless sixth inning, then gave up a walk and double before being pulled in the seventh inning. Trepagnier has made four appearances, allowing six earned runs over seven innings.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz started for the third time and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He left five men on base. Munoz is 1-for-12 with five strikeouts.

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Monsoon Harvard

Rojas continues to impress. I hope the Pirates take notice. They don’t seem to appreciate him.

R Edwards

Having a headline that says “Pimentel struggles again” is like having a headline stating “Alvarez strikes out a lot”.

Its obvious and what we would expect. Pimentel is not a good prospect – and we traded Morris so we could keep this guy on the roster.


At the time of that move, Pimentel had the starter potential, and some pretty nice numbers for a significant stretch of time. A team will not stay in contention long with a small payroll if they cannot take chances like they did with Pimentel. Taking a risk on a starter with number 4/5 potential over a reliever that is not as dominant as say–a Kimbrel–is always preferable. If the starter pans out, you can get 2-4 WAR out of guy that cost next to nothing, where as a reliever pitching only 75 innings per year would have to be Kershaw to bring that value.

John Lease

Everyone has starter potential.

Lee Foo Young

Looks like Tarzan, but pitches like Jane?

Might be time to DFA him?

I sure wouldn’t trust him in our rotation OR bullpen.


We may have found a reclamation project in our own system.


If Ray and Jim devoted as much time to Jonathan Sanchez as they have to Pimintel, Sanchez would have a second no-hitter by now 🙂


Anyone who has watched Pimental for any length of time will not be surprised at those results.

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