The Pacific Coast League announced Wednesday Iowa Cubs’ right-hander Carlos Pimentel is the league’s Pitcher of the Year for 2015.
PCL managers and media voted Carlos Pimentel the league’s top pitcher and he became the first I-Cubs’ hurler and Dominican-born player to win the award.
Carlos Pimentel re-signed with the Cubs in the off-season after spending the 2014 campaign in the organization. The 25-year old right hander has started 25 games for Iowa this season after going 4-9 with a 5.35 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 29 games, 15 starts, for the I-Cubs a year ago.
Pimentel is 12-6 in 26 games, 25 starts, this year with a 2.99 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Pimentel allowed 58 runs, 46 earned, on 112 hits with 66 walks and 113 strikeouts in 138 1/3 innings.
Carlos Pimentel leads the PCL in ERA (2.99) and is among the league leaders in several pitching categories. Pimentel is fifth in WHIP (1.29), tied for first in wins (12), sixth in innings pitched (138 1/3), first in opponent’s batting average (.221) and tied for third in strikeouts (113).
Carlos Pimentel started the Triple-A All-Star Game for the PCL and was the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for June.
The Cubs recognized his excellent June by naming him the organization’s pitcher of the month. Pimentel was 4-1 in five starts with a 0.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
Since the break, Pimentel is 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in nine starts. Pimentel has allowed 16 runs on 45 hits with 24 walks and 37 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings.
Carlos Pimentel spent the first seven seasons of his career in the Rangers’ system. This is the third straight season that Pimentel has pitched at the Triple-A level in the Pacific Coast League.
Carlos Pimentel won the award over Adam Conley (New Orleans, Marlins), Dan Straily (Fresno, Astros), Steven Matz (Las Vegas, Mets) and Zach Lee (Oklahoma City, Dodgers).