Prospect Watch: Taillon Throws Six Shutout Innings in 16-3 Bradenton 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, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (1-1, 3.54) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-2, 1.47) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.268) - DNP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.235) - 2-for-4, 2B, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.274) - 2-for-4, 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, 7.43) - DNP

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-2, 1.47) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, DH (.264) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Ramon Cabrera (1), Stefan Welch (5), Dan Grovatt (3), Wes Freeman (1), Gregory Polanco (7)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 5, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3-2, 3.10) – 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.250) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.265) – 2-for-4

Jordy Mercer, 2B (.287) – 1-for-4

Evan Meek, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game report.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Erie 8, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (2-4, 5.35) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, DH (.264) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.235) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Tony Sanchez, C (.274) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Duke Welker, RHP (2.76) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona was hurt by four errors tonight, leading to four unearned runs. Heading in to tonight’s game, Robbie Grossman had a .303/.410/.485 line in 33 at-bats in the month of May. Tony Sanchez has at least one hit in nine of his last ten games, with five doubles during that span. He has reached base safely in 19 straight games. Duke Welker has a 2.76 ERA in 16.1 innings, with a 12:5 K/BB ratio this year.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 16, Clearwater 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-2, 1.47) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, 1B (.294) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, LF (.176) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 K

Dan Grovatt, RF (.243) – 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Mel Rojas, CF (.287) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Drew Maggi, 2B (.287) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.266) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon pitched six innings for his third straight start. He coasted through several innings, needing just seven pitches in the second, four in the third, and nine in the fourth. The only time he ran in to trouble was in the fifth, when he gave up three hits. However, he got out of the jam without allowing any runs. Taillon has a 1.47 ERA in 36.2 innings this year, with a 36:7 K/BB ratio. Bradenton got homers from Stefan Welch, Dan Grovatt, and Wes Freeman. Welch extended his hitting streak to 13 games earlier in the game with a double. Five Marauders hitters had multiple hits, all of them hitting in the 2-6 spots in the lineup. Interesting stats for Mel Rojas this year: coming in to tonight’s game he was hitting for a .210/.258/.306 line in 62 at-bats at home, and a .349/.417/.476 line in 63 at-bats on the road. Typically Bradenton hitters have great numbers at home, and poor numbers in the rest of the pitcher friendly Florida State League.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Charleston 15, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (2-2, 2.89) – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.299) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, 3B (.262) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco hit his seventh homer of the year, putting him in the lead in the minor league system, and tying him with Pedro Alvarez for the organizational lead. West Virginia only had four hits, with Kirk Singer getting two of them. Joan Montero gave up seven runs on six hits in one inning, although he also pitched to four batters in the ninth. Alen Hanson went without a hit for his second straight game, which is something that has only happened twice this year.

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 19-14

AA: Altoona Curve – 13-19

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 17-17

A: West Virginia Power – 11-22

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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