Prospect Watch: Jameson Taillon Finally Has a Dominant Start

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 (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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DAILY SUMMARY

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)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

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.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

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.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

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.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

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

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

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.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

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.

 

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: 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

 

RK: DSL PIRATES2

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

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS

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

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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