Prospect Watch: Home Runs Hurt Taillon; Hanson Leaves Game

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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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DAILY SUMMARY

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)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

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.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

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.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

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.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

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.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

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.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

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.

 

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE

For a primer on the 2012 DSL Pirates, along with information on the players to watch, check out the 2012 DSL Preview.

 

RK: DSL PIRATES1

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

 

RK: DSL PIRATES2

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

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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