Prospect Watch: Taillon Gets His First Start


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.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (No Stats) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.91) – 3.2 IP 2 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 6 SO 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.250) – 1-4

4. Josh Bell, RF (.231) – 0-3, BB

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.357) – 2-4, 2 singles

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.333) – 0-2 HBP, run

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 27.00) – DNP


Top Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0.00) 4.2 IP 3 H 3 R 0 ER 3 BB 7 SO 0 HR
Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer,2B (.500) 4-6, 2B, RBI, R

Home Runs:  Brandon Boggs (1)


Box Score

Result: Toledo 7, Indianapolis 8

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (0-0 4.50) 4 IP 8 H 2 R 2 ER 0 BB 4 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.500) – 4-6, 2B, RBI, R

Other Notable Performers

Daniel Moskos, LHP (5.40) – 1.2 IP 0 H 1 R 1 ER 3 BB 3 SO 0 HR

Brandon Boggs, RF (.250) – 2-5, 3B, HR, 3 R,2 RBI

Eric Fryer, C (.429) – 2-4, 2B, BB, 2 R

Jeff Clement, 1B (.250)- 2-4, 2 2B, R, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game story.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 1, Erie 12

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (0-1 10.38) 4.1 IP 7 H 5 R 5 ER 1 BB 2 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry (.455) 2-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Andrew Lambo, RF (.273) – 1-3, BB

Robbie Grossman, CF (.357) – 2-4, 2 singles

Victor Black, RHP (0.00) 1 IP 2 H 2 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 SO 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona picked up seven hits, all singles. Quincy Latimore made 2 errors, Brock Holt made one, accounting for four unearned runs. Kris Harvey gave up 5 runs in 1.2 IP, Kyle Cofield pitched 2 scoreless innings. Tony Sanchez scored the Curve’s only run after reaching via HBP


Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 4, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1 4.91) 3.2 IP 2 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 6 SO 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.333) – 2-4, 3B, R, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.167) – 2-4, run

Carlos Paulino, C (.300) – 1-4, RBI

Quentin Miller, RHP (9.00) 2 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 0 BB 0 SO 0 HR 2 HBP

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon allowed two runs in the third inning on a hit, HBP, two wild pitches and an error by Gift Ngoepe. With a man on 2B and no outs in that inning, he struck out the next three batters. Jason Townsend relieved him in the 4th and struck out the only batter he faced. Bradenton scored both of their runs with two outs in the ninth inning. The Marauders collected six hits, five singles and the triple by Rojas in the ninth.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Hagerstown 4

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-1 0.00) 4.2 IP 3 H 3 R 0 ER 3 BB 7 SO O HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, CF (.667) – 2-3, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, 1B (.333) – 2-4, 2 singles

Josh Bell, RF (.231) – 0-3, BB

Willy Garcia, LF (.308) – 1-4, 2B, RBI

Jodaneli Carvajal (.364) – 1-3, 2B, R

Trent Stevenson, RHP (3.86) 2.1 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 1 SO 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt Benedict gave up three runs, all unearned due to errors by Osuna and Carvajal in the fourth and fifth innings. Gregory Polanco went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. Junior Sosa was playing his first game of the season. Bell has seven strikeouts in 13 AB’s. Alen Hanson went 0-3, BB, R and his 2nd stole base of the year. Josh Poytress pitched a scoreless 8th inning.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 1-1

AA: Altoona Curve – 2-1

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 1-2

A: West Virginia Power – 1-2

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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