Prospect Watch: Taillon Goes Six Innings Again, Third Homer in Four Days For Garcia


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 (1-1, 3.52) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-2, 1.76) - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.262) - 0-for-5

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.210) - 2-for-5

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.268) - 1-for-4

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

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-1, 8.24) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-2, 1.76) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.240) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (5), Carlos Mesa (3)


Box Score

Result: Norfolk 10, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.97) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Anderson Herandez, 2B (.196) – 2-for-4, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Clement, DH (.310) – 2-for-3

Jordy Mercer, SS (.265) – 1-for-3, 2B

Daniel McCutchen, RHP (2-2, 2.61) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: After pitching 7.1 innings in a no hitter his last time out, Justin Wilson ran in to trouble tonight. He was fine through two innings, with one hit allowed, no runs, no walks, and two strikeouts. All of his damage came in the next two innings. Last time he threw 107 pitches in 7.1 innings. This time he threw 95 in four innings. Jordy Mercer has a five game hitting streak, and is 11-for-35 (.314) in his last ten games.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Richmond 7

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla, RHP (4.99) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.315) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Tim Alderson, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (2.13) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Robbie Grossman, CF (.210) – 2-for-5

Brock Holt, SS (.310) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Tim Alderson now has 12 shutout innings in Altoona, with eight hits allowed, and a 12:3 K/BB ratio. Victor Black pitched for the first time on back to back nights. Five Altoona hitters had multiple hits. Altoona was dow 6-0 after three and a half innings, but came back thanks to a three run fourth and a four run seventh. Matt Curry had his third multi-hit game in his last six games, with at least one hit in all of those games.


Box Score

Result: Tampa 2, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-2, 1.76) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, 2B (.300) – 1-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Josh Poytress, LHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon pitched six innings for the second time in his career, and for his second straight start. He gave up most of his damage in the third, with two runs on a walk and three hits. He responded with just 13 pitches total in the fourth and fifth innings, and added 13 more in the sixth, putting him at 78 on the night. He has a 1.76 ERA on the year in 30.2 innings, with a 33:6 K/BB ratio. Jeff Inman made his season debut after starting the year on the DL. Inman sprained his ankle at the start of Spring Training. Bradenton’s offense only had three hits.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Asheville 5

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (2-1, 1.97) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.240) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Carlos Mesa, RF (.357) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Jose Osuna, 1B (.310) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB

Game Notes: Willy Garcia hit his fifth homer of the year, and his third in his last four games. Garcia is 13-for-38 (.342) in his last ten games. Carlos Mesa also homered, his third of the year in the eight games he has played for West Virginia. Alen Hanson went 0-for-5, which is just the second time in the last 24 games that he has gone hitless.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 14-13

AA: Altoona Curve – 11-15

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 12-16

A: West Virginia Power – 11-17

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  • Kevin_Creagh

    It’s at the point now with Taillon that when I looked at his line last night, I thought “Eh…pretty good” when in actuality that was a very, very good stat line.  Taillon has set the bar so high in the early part of this season.

    • Lee Young

       Agree….same thing with Cole. So far, it appears JT is out pitching Cole?

      • Kevin_Creagh

        Keeping in mind that I think both are fantastic and on track to be 1-2 in the Pirates’ rotation for years…I still think Cole is pitching better so far.  Sounds strange, with the numbers that Taillon is putting up.

        I just think that Cole is more suited to AA success right now than Taillon would be.  Cole’s FB is 98, Taillon 95 — both are fantastic with good movement, but Taillon’s command of it is not as strong.

        Taillon’s CB will just embarass hitters in the A levels, but he may not be as dominating with it at AA.  Cole’s CU is better than Taillon’s at this point.

        Here’s hoping that Cole can come out and dominate again tonight.

        • szielinski

          “I just think that Cole is more suited to AA success right now than
          Taillon would be.  Cole’s FB is 98, Taillon 95 — both are fantastic
          with good movement, but Taillon’s command of it is not as strong.”

          Taillon’s BB/9 rate is 1.8. Cole’s is 2.7.

          “Taillon’s CB will just embarass hitters in the A levels, but he may
          not be as dominating with it at AA.  Cole’s CU is better than Taillon’s
          at this point.”

          I recall reading a scout claiming that Taillon may have the best curveball in baseball. In other words, he may have the best curveball when compared to every professional pitcher. I doubt that AA hitters will pine for the day they can face Taillon.

          • Kevin_Creagh

            Taillon does have a plus-plus curveball.  I’m just saying that his success with it at AA will not be as pronounced as it is right now.  There is a better class of hitters, in general, at AA.

            As for the walk rates of Cole and Taillon, the numbers don’t always tell the whole story.  Control is the raw number of BB/9 and being able to throw pitches for strikes.  Command is being able to locate those pitches wherever you want them in the zone.

            From watching them in ST, plus listening to the games, and reading the reports, Cole’s ‘command’ is better.  His issue right now is overthrowing the ball and elevating it, but when he is right his location is better at the moment than Taillon.

            Again, it’s really splitting hairs as both are pitching extremely well right now.

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