Prospect Watch: Home Runs Hurt Taillon; Hanson Leaves Game


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 7.50) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-6, 4.18) - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

3. Mark Appel, RHP (No Stats) - Unsigned

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.272) - 2-for-5, 3B

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.325) - 1-for-2, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) - Low-A DL

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (0-1, 1.00) - DNP

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (6-3, 2.51) - DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.27) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.236) - 1-for-2, 2 BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.295) - 0-for-3, BB

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-2, 5.29) - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.23) - DNP

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (6-4, 3.57) - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.204) - 1-for-3, 2B

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.23) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.266) - 1-for-4

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.556) - DNP

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.303) - 4-for-5, SB

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.289) - 0-for-4



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Top Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (4-1, 2.84) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.294) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Jeff Clement (9), Matt Curry (4), Yomifer Polanco (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Toledo 6

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (6-4, 3.57) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Clement, 1B (.297) – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.272) – 2-for-5, 3B

Jordy Mercer, SS (.305) – 2-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s live game recap.



Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 5, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (1-2, 5.29) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.294) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.218) – 2-for-4

Robbie Grossman, CF (.236) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Matt Curry hit his fourth homer of the year. After giving up one run in five innings in his first start of the year, Kyle McPherson hs given up nine runs in 12 innings over his last two starts.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Dunedin 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (5-6, 4.18) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, 2B (.272) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Dan Grovatt, LF (.242) – 2-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon gave up all of his runs as a result of homers. He gave up a solo homer in the first, then allowed a two run homer in the second. He was 94-97 MPH with his fastball, touching 98. Dan Grovatt has three straight multi-hit games, going 7-for-13 in his last three.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Lakewood 2

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (4-1, 2.84) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.261) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.325) – 1-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Robby Rowland gave up two runs in the first inning, then pitched five shutout innings to follow. Rowland tweeted after the game that his sinker wasn’t sinking in the first. Alen Hanson left the game after being hit in the head with a pickoff attempt in the sixth. He walked off on his own power.



Box Score

Result: State College 6, Batavia 2

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (2-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ryan Hornback, C (.360) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Barrett Barnes, CF (.303) – 4-for-5, SB

Walker Gourley, LF (.304) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Game Notes: Clay Holmes has now pitched ten innings allowing no earned runs on four hits. He has a 9:6 K/BB ratio after walking five tonight. Barrett Barnes had a four hit night, and is now 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts.



Box Score

Result: Yankees 8, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (4.70) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.310) – 3-for-6, 2 2B, 3 K

Other Notable Performers

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.125) – 2-for-5, 2B

Adalberto Santos, DH (.333) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: Adalberto Santos started his rehab work, playing as the designated hitter. Stetson Allie went 1-for-5 and had his first stolen base. In two starts, Tyler Glasnow has given up four runs in 7.2 innings, with  7:0 K/BB ratio.



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Box Score

Result: Rangers 10, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Cristian Henriquez, LHP (0-3, 7.32) – 2.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian De Aza, RF (.222) – 1-for-3, 2B



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Giants 4

Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (4.26) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Yomifer Polanco, RF (.196) – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Other Notable Hitters

Maximo Rivera, DH (.364) – 2-for-5, 2 SB

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  • Patrick Kelly

    So is Walker Gourley turning himself back into a prospect? Moved to LF and is hitting much better this year.

    • Tim Williams

      He’s definitely on the right track. Just to put him in perspective: he’s only three months older than Gregory Polanco. Polanco is a level higher, although that was kind of an aggressive promotion. Gourley has looked strong in left field over the last week, despite being brand new to the position (he’s played it about two weeks). After tonight he’s hitting for a .304/.346/.478 line. It’s only 23 at-bats, but he’s hitting the ball well, even when he’s not getting hits. I’ll just say that he was never old enough to be fully written off, so he’s still got a shot at being a prospect.

  • Alex Henry

    I can’t believe 1 day from Cole getting hit and lucky escaped anything serious that Hanson gets hit..Hopefully he is okay as well!

  • buccotime57

    So excited to go see the spikes today in mahoning valley..hopefully they can keep playing well

  • Steve Dimmick

    whats with mathisen? hasnt played in a few games or did the team just not play?

    • Tim Williams

      They just haven’t played much lately. They were off on Sunday, then had rain on Monday and Tuesday. Mathisen is in the lineup today.