Prospect Watch: Taillon Hit Hard, Hanson Hits Sixth Homer


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, 3.18) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 2.55) - 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.260) - 1-for-4, 2 K

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.234) - 1-for-5, 3B

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.250) - 0-for-4, BB

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, 6.75) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (1-1, 2.78) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.358) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR, RBI

Home Runs: Alen Hanson (6), Junior Sosa (1)


Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 1, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (1-1, 2.78) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 3B (.281) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Clement, 1B (.296) – 2-for-4

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.45) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Indianapolis was shut out for the second night in a row. On the season, Bryan Morris has a 2.45 ERA in 23 innings, with a 19:4 K/BB ratio. Per Nancy Zinni, Justin Wilson threw a side session today and reported that he felt fine.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Bowie 3

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (5.17) – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kelson Brown, SS (.351) – 3-for-3, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, DH (.275) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Robbie Grossman, CF (.234) – 1-for-5, 3B, 2 K

Victor Black, RHP (2.00) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (2-1, 2.33) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nathan Baker has struggled with his control at times this year, with this being his third start out of eight with a walk per inning. He did limit the hits tonight, and has given up five earned runs in 16.2 innings over the last three starts, although his 7:7 K/BB ratio in that stretch isn’t ideal. On the season Victor Black has a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings, with a 21:7 K/BB ratio. Duke Welker has a 2.33 ERA in 19.1 innings, with a 14:7 K/BB ratio. Kelson Brown is putting up some good numbers, although he only has 57 at-bats on the season. He’s been hot in May, going 11-for-22 (.500) with tonight’s extra base hits being his first of the month.


Game One Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 2.55) – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe, SS (.240) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Carlos Paulino, C (.243) – 2-for-3, 3B, RBI

Mel Rojas, CF (.282) – 1-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon has his worst start of the year. Heading in to the game he had given up six runs in 36.2 innings. Today he gave up six runs in 5.2 innings. He also gave up his first two homers, walked more than one batter for the third time in eight starts, and gave up a season high in hits. His overall numbers are still strong, with a 2.55 ERA in 42.1 innings, along with a 40:9 K/BB ratio.

Game Two Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 4, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Hunter Strickland, RHP (2-1, 4.42) – 2.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, RF (.235) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas, CF (.282) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Since returning from being hit by a line drive, Hunter Strickland has allowed six runs in 5.1 innings, with a 1:1 K/BB ratio. Prior to the injury, Strickland had given up three runs in 13 innings with a 10:2 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Lexington 13, West Virginia 7

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-3, 8.24) – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.358) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Junior Sosa, LF (.297) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Game Notes: Ryan Hafner now has an 8.24 ERA on the year in 19.2 innings, with a 10:14 K/BB ratio and four homers. Alen Hanson had a much better day today, rebounding from an 0-for-4, 4 strikeout day. Hanson hit his sixth homer of the year, which was a solo shot in the ninth inning. He didn’t have such a good day on the field, with four errors. Junior Sosa hit his first homer of the year, and is now hitting for a .297/.385/.385 line in 91 at-bats. Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to nine games.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 22-17

AA: Altoona Curve – 15-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 18-21

A: West Virginia Power – 13-26

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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, 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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    I guess calling him “K Han” ticked him off and he turned in a good performance.

    Its going to be interesting to see how JT performs next time out.

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