Chicago Cubs prospect right-hander Carlos Pimentel, who recently signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs, was named the Dominican Winter League Pitcher of the Year this week.
Pimentel, 25, went 5-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 37 2/3 innings (seven starts and four relief appearances) during the regular season with Escogido. He struck out 32, walked 14, and gave up just two home runs. He led the league in wins and the league’s round-robin playoffs will begin on Friday.
Pimentel joined the Cubs on a minor league deal this offseason after seven seasons in the Texas Rangers’ organization, he posted a 3.87 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 133:44 K/BB ratio in 128 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound, Pimentel made six appearances out of Round Rock’s bullpen and finished three of the games (1.59 ERA, 1.32 WHIP).
Pimentel spent the last four seasons in Double-A, he went 23-20 with a 4.05 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 1.92 K/BB ratio in 351 1/3 innings (56 starts). He should spend the season at Triple-A Iowa and serve as depth for the Cubs.