DURHAM, NC- The official statistician of the American Association, Pointstreak, has announced that Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks LHP Cesilio Pimentel (pictured) has been named this week’s Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 21.
Pimentel was masterful in his first start of the season for Fargo-Moorhead, a Saturday night outing in Grand Prairie, Tex. against the Texas AirHogs. Over the course of eight innings, Pimentel did not allow a run while surrendering just three hits. The San Cristobal, Dominican Republic native struck out eight and did not walk a batter, helping his RedHawks to a 5-0 win.
2017 is Pimentel’s first campaign in Independent Baseball and the American Association. Previously, he spent six seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates system from 2011-2016. After two seasons (2011 and 2012) in the Dominican Summer League, Pimentel came stateside for the first time in 2013 to pitch in the Gulf Coast League.
He enjoyed a banner season in 2014 with the Bristol (Va.) Pirates of the Appalachian League, notching a record of 4-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 14 relief appearances. Over 37.1 innings, Pimentel struck out 31 opposing Appalachian League hitters and walked just 12. A season later, he split time between the Class A-Advanced Bradenton (Fla.) Marauders of the Florida State League and the Short Season Class A West Virginia Black Bears of the New York-Penn League. Between the two stops, Pimentel went 2-3 with a 3.83 ERA over 54 innings of work. Pimentel’s final season in the Pirates system was 2016, where he spent the entire campaign with the Class A West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League, going 2-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 51 innings.
The RedHawks open a road series at the Cleburne Railroaders tonight at 7:06 p.m. Central Time in Cleburne, Tex. The game can be viewed live and for free at www.americanassociationbaseball.tv.
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