In terms of raw, uninhibited upside, this young man has a chance to become the single best player in the organization. He’s a long ways away from being there, but there’s great hope that he can manage it.
4. Guillermo Pimentel
Position: OF | Hits: L Throws: L
DOB: 10/5/1992 | HT: 6’1″ WT: 180 LB
Notes: Pimentel is very young and very raw, and all you have to do is take one look at his free and easy swing to see that for yourself. He just oozes athleticism every time he take the field, and he could easily become a true five-tool player, with his bat, power, speed, defense, and arm all grading out as having the potential to be at least average by the time he’s done developing.
Pimentel’s greatest attribute by far is his power, which has been described as “light-tower”, “massive”, and “truly special”, among other glowing phrases. Pimenel’s swing generates tremendous batspeed and incredible leverage, lofting the ball easily and powerfully whenever he makes solid contact. For such a young player, his swing is very sound mechanically, and stays even through the zone well.
There is a tendency for Pimentel to get over-aggressive, leading to him chasing bad pitches and get homer-hungry. His 58/5 K/BB ratio in the Arizona Summer League last year is proof positive of just that; it’s easy to chalk that up to youthful aggression, but even if that’s all it is, Pimentel will have to become much more disciplined than that if he’s going to find long-term success.
Defensively, Pimentel is probably more limited there than anywhere else in his game right now. He has good footspeed, but his instincts and ability to read the ball are mediocre at best right now. His arm is a little fringy right now, but reports indicate that his throwing mechanics could be improved to get much better throwing strength out of him, mostly in getting his lower half involved in his throws.
At just 18 years old, Pimentel is still very raw and a long ways away from the majors, and what precisely he becomes is still very much in up in the air. However, there are some good indicators that he should become a good player with seasoning and instruction, and possibly even a great one. This is a player where patience will be required, but could wind up being greatly rewarded.
2011 Outlook: Will stay in Extended Spring Training for the time being to receive specific instruction. Should eventually be assigned to Clinton if deemed ready soon, or to Everett if not ready by the open of short season.
Major League ETA: Late 2014/early 2015