Stolmy Pimentel pitched in relief for the World Team in the Futures Game today in Anaheim. Coming in to start the sixth inning, he retired the only two batters he faced.
Pimental was the only Red Sox representative in the game, which was won 9-1 by the U.S. The 20-year-old righthander has pitched for Single A Salem this season.
In other minor league news:
* Michael Bowden made his third relief appearance for Pawtucket and it was a good one. Facing Syracuse, he pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.
His line in relief so far: 4 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts. I think there’s a fairly decent chance he’s promoted next week.
* Ryan Kalish was 2 for 3 in that game. He is at .475/.523/.575 in his last 10 games. The development of Kalish and the usefulness of Daniel Nava gave created some surplus among the outfielders. But Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Reddick don’t exactly have a lot of trade value at the moment.
Reddick is hitting .207. Shows you what spring training means.
* Casey Kelly allowed two runs in 5.2 innings in his final start before Portland’s break and got the win. His numbers (5.28 ERA, .302 opponent batting average) aren’t good. But keep in mind that this is first full year as a pitcher and he’s the youngest hurler in that league.
Mike Hazen, the player development chief, said last week that the team is very pleased with how Kelly is developing.