Prospect Watch: Indianapolis No Hitter, Six Shutout Innings For Taillon

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 (0-1, 5.29) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-1, 1.46) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.286) - 1-for-4, HR, 2 K

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.198) - 0-for-9

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.236) - 1-for-6, 2B, 4 K

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - Extended Spring Training

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-1, 8.59) - DNP

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (2-3, 3.00) – 7.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.400) – 3-for-5, 2B

Home Runs: Starling Marte (2), Gregory Polanco (5)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Durham 0

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (2-3, 3.00) – 7.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.286) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 K

Other Notable Performers

Jake Fox, DH (.353) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Jose Diaz, RHP (2.84) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Doug Slaten, LHP (0.69) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: My live game report of the combined no hitter.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Game One Box Score

Result: Akron 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (1.04) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, RF (.404) – 2-for-6

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (0.84) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Tony Sanchez, C (.236) – 1-for-6, 2B, 4 K

Game Notes: Altoona was up 2-1 until giving up the tying run in the 7th. They scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th, but gave up the tying run in the bottom half of the inning. Akron won the game in the bottom of the 13th. Victor Black now has an 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings this year, with a 14:5 K/BB ratio.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Akron 3, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla, RHP (4.01) – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kelson Brown, SS-2B (.257) – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (1-1, 3.38) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona tied the game in the top of the 7th, but gave up the winning run in the bottom half of the inning. Robbie Grossman had a rough day, combining to go 0-for-9. Duke Welker has a 3.38 ERA in 10.2 innings this year, with a 9:4 K/BB ratio. Mike Colla struck out seven for the second time in a start this season.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Jupiter 1

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-1, 1.46) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.237) – 2-for-5, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Carlos Paulino, C (.222) – 2-for-4, 2B

Casey Sadler, RHP (4.20) – 2.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Quinton Miller, RHP (4.91) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon pitched in to the sixth inning for the first time in his pro career. On the season he has allowed four runs in 24.2 innings, with a 28:4 K/BB ratio. Quinton Miller has taken over as the closer in Bradenton. Since the move he has pitched 5.1 shutout innings, with four hits, with five strikeouts and one walk.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 9, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-2, 13.50) – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.400) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.256) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco hit his fifth homer of the year. Since losing his 16 game hitting streak, Alen Hanson is 5-for-9 with a double and a triple. Ryan Hafner has given up 10 runs in 6.2 innings, with a 3:6 K/BB ratio and two homers in his first two starts in West Virginia.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 12-10

AA: Altoona Curve – 8-13

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 10-13

A: West Virginia Power – 7-16

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  • http://twitter.com/pskell02 Patrick Kelly

    Any idea on when we may get updates on the guys in extended ST? Would love to know how Heredia is looking at this point.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      There won’t be any updates. The stats are useless without seeing the players pitch.

      • http://twitter.com/pskell02 Patrick Kelly

         Not looking for stats. More like firsthand reports, coaches maybe, of how guys are looking, velocities, how the young hitters are looking with their approaches, etc.

        • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

          There’s not much to give. It’s not like Spring Training. It’s very structured. They have strict pitch counts, including single inning counts. They also run situations. A guy may only throw with a runner on second. A guy may get two quick outs, then they’ll put a runner on base. They’re not real game situations, and as for the players, nothing has changed from when I was reporting on them a month ago in Spring Training.

  • http://twitter.com/BuccoInc Bucco Inc

    How many more quality starts before Jameson Taillon moves up a level?

  • emjayinTN

    Ditto on the question from Bucco Inc.  What I really liked about a stat in the boxscore was  that Taillon had 12 GO and only 2 FO. 

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