#48 Elisaul Pimtentel
Acquired: From LAD with Lucas May for Scott Podsednik
From: Santiago, Dominican Republic
Dayton Moore has made a habit of following in his mentor's footsteps by acquiring an additional pitching prospect in every deal. When he flipped Scott Podsednik to Los Angeles he brought back Major League ready catcher Lucas May and righy Elisaul Pimtentel.
At the time Pimentel was blistering through the Midwest League and was among the league leaders in strikeouts. He had 97 Ks in 90 innings pitched, but after the trade he posted just 19 in his final 25 innings. I was optimistic that this decline was a result of fatigue, however this past season the rate remained pretty steady from those final 25 innings and came in at just 7.1 while Pimentel was in Omaha.
Pimentel has always displayed solid command and for his career he has only allowed 2.8 walks per 9 innings. Pimentel typically works in the low 90s with his fastball and with his stuff he projects as a back end starter at best. If I recall correctly he has a pretty good slider, and I wonder if his future lies in the bullpen.
I expect Pimentel to open the season in the Northwest Arkansas rotation, where he finished 2011.
Credit to the Wilmington Blue Rocks for the photo.