Stolmy Pimentel Claimed by Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers have claimed right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates designated the 25-year-old Pimentel for assignment on Sunday after he didn’t make the Opening Day roster. He was out of options and the Pirates were hoping he would clear waivers, so he could be assigned to Indianapolis, where he could be used in a starting role. Pimentel was out of options last year as well and spent most of the season in the bullpen for the Pirates, where he was rarely used.

After being acquired in the Joel Hanrahan deal in December of 2012, he split the 2013 season between Altoona and Indianapolis, where he made 27 starts and posted a 3.35 ERA in 169.1 innings. Pimentel was a September call-up and allowed two runs in 9.1 innings over five appearances. Last year he threw 32.2 innings over 20 relief outings, posting a 5.23 ERA. He was able to strikeout 38 batters in his limited time, but that also came with a 1.53 WHIP. This Spring Training, he had a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings, making one start and eight relief appearances.


  • Let the Rangers enjoy all that is Stolmy.

  • Well, there goes the division!

    BTW, Morris is still pitching very well for the Marlins – the guy we gave away last year so we could keep Pimentel around.

    • I wouldn’t say that we “gave” Morris away, we traded him for a 1st round draft pick! (Connor Joe)

      • Nothing against Connor Joe, but it was basically giving Morris away when we made that draft choice selection. We followed one dumb decision with a dumber one.

        I am sure Joe is a great kid, so I don;t have anything against him. And, Joe may beat the odds and become a productive MLB player, but I have serious doubts about that. He has a bad back – good chance he may need surgery in the near future. He hasn’t played an inning yet in the Pirates system, and he was drafted last June.

        I’d rather have Morris back. sigh

    • It’s just the first week of the season and it already appears we have another six months of Brian Morris posts.

      I’m going to guess the #1 cited reason for people not paying for a subscription is the constant barrage of Brian Morris posts 🙂

      • yep, I dedicate these posts to the many who actually defended the trade and who thought I was stupid for criticizing it.

  • Anybody get word on why Cole Tucker didn’t play for WV today? It’s got me a little nervous…

  • As far as I know, the Pirates are free to ask for something in return, since they technically can trade him to anyone until he has been on the DFA list for 10 days. The Rangers can choose to hold out, though, in the hopes that nobody else will be willing to part with any consideration either. I think these often end up as cash deals though.

    I’m happy for Stolmy, but wish we could have kept him. I guess he just didn’t show enough in ST to be worth the risk of keeping him on the ML roster again.

    The Rangers will probably use him in middle relief for a while. They rate to need a lot of it.

    • The deal is final, straight claim and Pimentel will be with the Rangers tomorrow.

    • They could also use a few starts from him ASAP actually, with Holland out and Scheppers out. That rotation for TEX is in trouble with the crazy amount of injuries it is experiencing.

  • Always like him…sorry he couldn’t get his stuff together in Pittsburgh. Texas seems like the ideal situation for him and hopefully he’ll finally be able to put it all together.

  • Of course it’s Jeff Banister