Prospect Watch: Hague Hits First Homer, Decent Start 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 (2-1, 2.92) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-3, 2.61) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.260) - 3-for-4

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.209) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.250) - DNP

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

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 5.82) - DNP

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5.77) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B (.277) – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Matt Hague (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Buffalo 3

Starting Pitcher: Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP (2.05) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B (.277) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.260) – 3-for-4

Jordy Mercer, 2B-SS (.294) – 2-for-4

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.42) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Altoona was postponed due to rain.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Lakeland 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-3, 2.61) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, DH (.299) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Stefan Welch, 1B (.277) – 2-for-4

Casey Sadler, RHP (2.61) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon has a 2.61 ERA in 48.1 innings, with a 43:12 K/BB ratio. His strikeouts have been down in his last three starts, with 10 in 17.1 innings. He’s also allowed eight earned runs in 11.2 innings over his last two starts, after six runs in 36.2 innings to start the season. The three walks tonight were the most he’s given up in a start this year. Casey Sadler has a 2.61 ERA in 31 innings, with a 25:3 K/BB ratio. Coming in to the game, Justin Howard had a .345/.457/.483 line in 29 at-bats in May. Mel Rojas went 1-for-4 and now has a .326/.361/.413 line in 92 at-bats in May.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Lexington 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5.77) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.302) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Zac Fuesser, LHP (0-2, 4.99) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Zack Dodson made this start on four days’ rest, which explains the shortened innings load. He rebounded well from his last outing, which saw him give up five earned runs in 0.2 innings. Gregory Polanco has been very consistent this year. He had a .286 average and an .838 OPS in April, and had a .313 average and an .818 OPS in May, heading in to tonight’s game. Alen Hanson has struggled a bit in May, with a .233/.313/.452 line in 73 at-bats prior to today’s 0-for-4 game.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 25-20

AA: Altoona Curve – 20-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 20-25

A: West Virginia Power – 14-31

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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