Prospect Watch: Dominant Start For Taillon, Hanson Extends Streak

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 5.14) - Next Start: 4/20

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 2.63) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.264) - 1-for-4

4. Josh Bell, RF (.269) - 2-for-5, 2B

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.235) - 1-for-3

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.265) - 0-for-3, BB

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - Next Start: TBD

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) - AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 12.86) - Next Start: 4/21

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2.63) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, RF (.391) – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Daniel McCutchen, RHP (1-1, 3.97) – 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brandon Boggs, RF (.333) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, SS (.231) – 2-for-4

Starling Marte, LF (.264) – 1-for-4

Tim Alderson, RHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game recap.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Richmond 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (1-2, 4.15) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, RF (.391) – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.326) – 3-for-4, 2B

Quincy Latimore, LF (.146) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 K

Matt Curry, 1B (.279) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Victor Black, RHP (1.80) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (1.29) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: After giving up five runs in 4.1 innings in his first start of the year, Brandon Cumpton has combined to allow three runs on 11 hits in 13 innings over his last two starts, with a 7:2 K/BB ratio. Victor Black now has pitched five innings, allowing  four runs, one earned, on eight hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. Duke Welker’s earned run tonight was his first of the season in seven innings. He’s got a 6:1 K/BB ratio in that span. Quincy Latimore hit his first homer of the year, but now has 13 strikeouts in 41 at-bats (31.7%).

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Fort Myers 1

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2.63) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.250) – 2-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, RF (.250) – 1-for-4, SB

Eliecer Navarro, LHP (1.46) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon had a dominant start for the second straight game. In two starts in a row he has gone five innings, allowing one run, no walks, and striking out six. On the season he has a 2.63 ERA in 13.2 innings, with an 18:2 K/BB ratio. On Sunday I wrote about how Taillon was working to reduce the drop in his delivery, which should prevent a lot of the hard hit balls we’ve seen against him in the past. Eliecer Navarro came on in relief for three shutout innings, and now has a 1.46 ERA in 12.1 innings this year, with a 10:1 K/BB ratio. Dan Grovatt hit an RBI single in the tenth inning, and Jason Townsend came on for the save to give Bradenton the extra innings win.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Charleston 9, West Virginia 8

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (3.27) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.294) – 2-for-4, 3B, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.400) – 2-for-5, 2B

Josh Bell, RF (.269) – 2-for-5, 2B

Willy Garcia, LF (.208) – 1-for-4, BB, 2 SB, 2 K

Game Notes: Fuesser has allowed four earned runs in 11 innings this year. In his first two starts he walked nine and struck out five. Today was a much better outcome with his control. Trent Stevenson gave up six runs, five earned, on six hits in 0.2 innings today. He’s given up ten earned runs in 3.2 innings over his last two outings. Alen Hanson extended his hitting streak to ten games, and his double extended his extra-base hitting streak to seven games. Gregory Polanco and Willy Garcia both stole two bases tonight, giving both outfielders three on the season. Polanco also hit his second triple of the year.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 6-8

AA: Altoona Curve – 6-7

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 6-7

A: West Virginia Power – 5-9

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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