Prospect Watch: Taillon Struggles; Marte, Mercer, and Presley 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 (3-1, 2.60) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-4, 3.29) - 3.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.261) - 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) - 1-for-3, 2B, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.262) - 2-for-3, 2B, 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, 4.95) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3.17) – 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.261) – 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Starling Marte (3), Jordy Mercer (3), Alex Presley (2), Justin Howard (1)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Louisville 4

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3.17) – 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.261) – 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, 3B (.298) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Alex Presley, RF (.243) – 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.


Box Score

Result: Bowie 9, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Matt McSwain, RHP (2-2, 4.89) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.262) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Wilbur Miller’s live game recap.


Box Score

Result: Jupiter 5, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-4, 3.29) – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.254) – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Justin Howard, DH (.288) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: In his last three starts, Taillon has given up 13 runs in 15.1 innings, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio. Justin Howard hit his first homer of the year. Dan Grovatt is now hitting for a .314/.360/.500 line in 70 at-bats in the month of May.


West Virginia was off today.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 28-21

AA: Altoona Curve – 22-26

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 22-28

A: West Virginia Power – 15-35

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, 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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  • Alicia Rothermund

    Too bad about Taillon, I was checking in on the score, and he didn’t even give up a hit through 3 innings. Are there any game specific reports from to show any trends as to why he’s not doing as well the last few starts? i.e. elevating the ball, maybe there are just more reports on him now and he needs to adjust, or maybe just bad luck.