Three young players will be playing professionally in the United States for the first time when they take the field for Lowell this year. Pitchers Yeiper Castillo and Stolmy Pimentel and outfielder Ronald Bermudez starred for the 2007 DSL Red Sox, and have been assigned to Lowell for 2008, skipping over the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
Pimentel is an 18-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic. He was the Red Sox Minor League Latin Program Pitcher of the year in 2007. In 62 innings of work for the DSL Red Sox he allowed just 44 hits and struck out 60 batters. He was nearly untouchable in the first half of the season, allowing just three earned runs over his first 31 innings (0.87 ERA), however in the second half he gave up 17 earned runs (4.94 ERA). After an off-season of conditioning and work in Instructional League in Florida, Pimentel will hope to dominate for a full season with the Spinners.
Ronald Bermudez, who turned 20 on Friday, was the top hitter in the DSL in 2007, edging out Yankees farmhand Jahdiel Santamaria by two points for the batting title with a .349 average over 65 games. The Venezuelan’s 19 doubles also tied for most in the league and he walked 42 times against just 34 strikeouts. He earned the Red Sox Minor League Latin Program Pitcher of the year award for his efforts.
Yeiper Castillo posted an impressive 1.83 ERA in 54 innings in the DSL last year. He struck out more than a batter an inning, with 59 K’s and allowed only 35 hits. His 5.83 hits allowed/9 innings ratio was eighth in the league.