Prospect Watch: Taillon Has Strong Start, All Four Affiliates Win

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.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 2.25) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 3.12) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.286) - 1-for-4, BB

4. Josh Bell, RF (.290) - DNP

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.267) - 1-for-4, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.217) - 1-for-3, 2B, BB

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

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3.12) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.206) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Toledo 2

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln, RHP (2.25) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Nick Evans, DH (.091) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.286) – 1-for-4, BB

Daniel McCutchen, RHP (1-0, 1.29) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brad Lincoln had his second strong outing of the year. So far in his two starts the right hander has combined to give up three runs on ten hits in 12 innings, with no walks and nine strikeouts. He was very efficient tonight, throwing 66 pitches, with 50 going for strikes. Daniel McCutchen has been strong out of the bullpen, with one run allowed in seven innings, along with an 8:2 K/BB ratio. Brandon Boggs hit a game tying single in the 8th inning, and Nick Evans won the game on a walk off single, scoring Gorkys Hernandez. Starling Marte extended his hitting streak to eight games.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Richmond 0

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (2-0, 0.82) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.346) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.217) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Brock Holt, SS (.381) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Victor Black, RHP (3.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Tim Alderson, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona got another strong start from Nathan Baker, who has combined for one earned run on four hits in 11 innings in his jump to Double-A. The Curve scored three in the fourth inning, led by a Tony Sanchez RBI double. They scored three more in the seventh, led by a two RBI pinch-hit single by Ramon Cabrera, bringing in Sanchez and Matt Curry. Tim Alderson made his third multi-inning appearance of the year, and has now pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out seven.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Fort Myers 2

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3.12) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.318) – 1-for-3, BB, SB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Justin Howard, RF (.333) – 2-for-4

Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.143) – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Quinton Miller, RHP (5.40) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon had a strong start tonight, giving up a run on three hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. Taillon has now made two starts, with three runs on five hits in 8.2 innings, along with a 12:2 K/BB ratio. The lone run came in the fourth inning when he gave up a leadoff double, followed by an RBI single. Bradenton was down 2-0 until Drew Maggi hit a two RBI single in the eighth inning.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Greenville 2

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (5.14) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.206) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.323) – 2-for-5, 2B

Alen Hanson, SS (.385) – 1-for-5, 2B, 3 K

Emmanuel De Leon, RHP (1-1, 1.69) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: West Virginia was down 2-0 until the bottom of the 8th inning, when Willy Garcia hit a two run homer. They won in the tenth inning when Alen Hanson hit a double, moved to third on a Jodaneli Carvajal single, an scored on a walk off wild pitch. Zac Fuesser struggled with his control tonight with five walks in four innings. He has now allowed nine walks in seven innings this year. Tonight was the fourth multi-hit game of the year for Carvajal.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 4-4

AA: Altoona Curve – 4-3

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 3-5

A: West Virginia Power – 3-6

Tim Williams

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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  • st1300b

    Tim, we haven’t seen any statistical information on the Heredia in ext ST. He’s not hurt so he must be pitching. Any information on recent outings from him?

    • Kevin_Creagh

      It’s pretty rare to actually hear about how things go at EST.  It’s mostly just scrimmages.  We can try and look into how he’s throwing from the front office.

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

      The stats in extended aren’t really meaningful. They’re highly controlled. Players are removed mid-inning if they reach their pitch count, then thrown back out there the next inning. After getting two quick outs, they’ll throw a runner on second base to force the guy to pitch in a situation. If a guy gets three quick outs, they’ll leave him out there for an extra out or two, just to get work in.

      I won’t have any updates on the extended guys until they reach the short season leagues, just because there wouldn’t be much of a point to the updates. Without actually being there to see the story behind the numbers, the numbers are useless.

  • http://twitter.com/STeeLChUcK Chuck Greenawalt

    4 wins from the minor leagues and the continued development of the youngsters makes yesterdays performance of the big league club sting a little less.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3G6S3MLR7RKSHPBY62TA5KKR4A michael

    Tim Alderson might be entering top level prospect status again .  He looked impressive in spring training