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Prospect Watch: Jameson Taillon Finally Has a Dominant Start

Prospect Watch: Jameson Taillon Finally Has a Dominant Start


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 (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (4-6, 4.10) – 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.262) – 0-for-4, BB

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.316) – DNP

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

7. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (No Stats) – DNP

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (5-2, 2.34) – DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (5-3, 3.13) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.225) – 2-for-3, BB

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.292) – DNP

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 1.80) – DNP

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.22) – DNP

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.62) – DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.229) – DNP

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.34) – DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.272) – 3-for-5, SB

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.667) – 1-for-1, BB, SB

19. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.000) – 0-for-3, 3 K

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.290) – 0-for-3, BB



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Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3.13) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.320) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Pablo Reyes (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Gwinnett 1

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3.13) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brian Friday, 3B (.229) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Daniel McCutchen, RHP (2.28) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jeff Locke now has a 3.13 ERA in 77.2 innings, with a 72:16 K/BB ratio. Daniel McCutchen made his first rehab appearance with Indianapolis, after having the assignment transferred from Bradenton earlier this week. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 18th base of the season, and is now 18-for-18 on the year.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, New Britain 1

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Karstens, RHP (1-0, 0.90) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.320) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Phil Irwin, RHP (4.35) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Robbie Grossman, CF (.225) – 2-for-3, BB

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.229) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Jeff Karstens threw 78 pitches in his first of two rehab starts.  59 of those pitches went for strikes. Brock Holt had his third straight multi-hit game. Heading in to tonight’s game he had a .380/.467/.440 line in 50 at-bats in June. Robbie Grossman is 8-for-22 in his last five games.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, St. Lucie 0

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4-6, 4.10) – 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.272) – 3-for-5, SB

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, 3B (.375) – 1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon had been struggling in his previous six starts, mostly as a result of one big inning. At the end of last week I talked about Taillon needing to work on limiting the damage. He did a good job of that in his start tonight. Taillon didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning, and gave up two of his three walks in the seventh. He threw 78 pitches, 47 for strikes.



West Virginia was off for the SAL All-Star break.



Box Score

Result: State College 5, Williamsport 2

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (4.50) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jodaneli Carvajal, SS (.571) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Raul Fortunato, RF (.375) – 3-for-4, RBI, SB

Logan Pevny, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: My live game report.



Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 7, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (0-1, 2.45) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen, DH (.667) – 1-for-1, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, 3B (.333) – 0-for-3, K

Game Notes: Yesterday every member of the offense had a hit, and the team combined for 13 runs. Today they were two-hit. Stetson Allie didn’t have as good of a day on offense, and had his second error in as many games at third base. Wyatt Mathisen had a hit for the second straight day. He’s served as the designed hitter the last two games. Tyler Glasnow made his pro debut.



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Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Yankees 4

Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (2-0, 3.38) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian De Aza, RF (.268) – 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI



Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Cubs 2

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, RHP (1.64) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunerky Adames, RF (.356) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Players

Luylli Miranda, RHP (1-0, 2.31) – 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Pablo Reyes, SS (.350) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 42-29

AA: Altoona Curve – 32-36

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 29-41

A: West Virginia Power – 23-47

A-: State College Spikes – 1-1

RK: GCL Pirates – 1-1

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 9-6

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 8-7

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  • Alex Henry

    I just don’t know how Taillon could be that dominate and then you say Locke was top performer for pitchers. Taillon pitched poorly over the month he came out and looked strong i highly respect your opinion just think he should have gotten credit for his solid start

  • st1300b

    Eric Fryer was 0 for 4 with 3 k’s hitting like .160 or so??? He was supposed to be solid, what happened there?

    • Alex Henry

      We acquired when we traded Eric Hinske on a slumping year i know im not an expert but its not like Neal Huntington had high expectations for him

    • Lee Young

      st1300…agree….he always seemed to be a good hitter. Somewhat disappointed in him.

      • Alex Henry

        Eric fryer has batted .300 or over three times as a 22 year old then he tailed of and batted .247 the following year as a 24 year old he batted .300 exactly and it was in High-A and at 25 he showed some promise last year batting .345 for the Curve then went to Indy and hit .203 he a guy who is a career minor league has never proven at an age appropriate level he could hit.

  • ecbucs

    very pleased about Taillon start. I had posted that I was worried after last start but hopefully those bad starts where just the exception.

  • Lee Young

    Good job JT and Locke!

    Brock Holt doesn’t get a lot of ‘press’. All he does is hit. He’s not the greatest fielder, but….maybe flip flop him and Friday?

  • VtTom

    What does Wyatt Mathisen have to do to get promoted to West Virginia! Why are the Pirates so slow to promote prospects!

    • Alex Henry

      Sustain it longer then 4 games i agree sometimes they are slow but its way too fast to make a leap like that kid is 18

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