Prospect Watch: Taillon and Dodson Get Hit Hard


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, Bradenton (4-1, 2.53) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (3-6, 4.52) - 4.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

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

4. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.270) - DNP

5. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.322) - 0-for-4, 2 K

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

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

8. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (5-2, 2.29) - DNP

9. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (4-3, 3.27) - DNP

10. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.211) - 0-for-6, 3 K

11. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.294) - 0-for-3, BB

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (No Stats) - AAA DL

13. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.57) - DNP

14. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (5-4, 3.80) - DNP

15. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.238) - DNP

16. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.65) - DNP

17. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.265) - 1-for-5

18. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.000) - Season Starts 6/18

19. Barrett Barnes, CF (.000) - Unsigned

20. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.285) - 1-for-5, 3 K



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Top Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (3-3, 3.08) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.235) – 2-for-5, HR, BB, SB

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (5), Junior Sosa (2)



Indianapolis was off today.



Game One Box Score

Result: Trenton 10, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Phil Irwin, RHP (0-4, 4.58) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.235) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Mike Colla, RHP (3.96) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Quincy Latimore hit his fifth homer of the year. Phil Irwin set a season high with seven strikeouts, but also gave up four runs for the third time in seven starts. Mike Colla has a 0.68 ERA in 13.1 innings in relief this year, with a 13:3 K/BB ratio.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Trenton 2, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (3-3, 3.08) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.235) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (1.61) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Quincy Latimore had one of three hits for Altoona in game two. Robbie Grossman returned to game action today for the first time in a week. Grossman went 0-for-6 combined in the double-header. Victor Black now has a 1.61 ERA in 28 innings, with a 36:14 K/BB ratio. Tim Alderson bounced back well from a bad outing last time, when he gave up five earned runs in five innings.



Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 8, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-6, 4.52) – 4.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stefan Welch, DH (.265) – 2-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Casey Sadler, RHP (3.66) – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon has given up 28 earned runs in 31 innings over his last six starts. He gave up one run in the first three innings tonight, and six in the fourth. Most of his recent outings have been like this one, with a bad inning the second time through the lineup. Casey Sadler has a 3.66 ERA in 46.2 innings this year, with a 38:8 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Lexington 9, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (1-5, 6.12) – 4.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, RF (.270) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Hafner, RHP (6.34) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Zack Dodson gave up one run in the first four innings, then six runs in the fifth inning. Dodson has given up 13 runs in 13.2 innings over his last three starts. Ryan Hafner has now walked 37 batters in 38.1 innings so far this year. Junior Sosa hit his second homer of the year.



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Box Score

Result: Marlins 5, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Julio Cesar Pimentel, RHP (0-1, 1.50) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gustavo Barrios, 2B (.333) – 1-for-3, SB



Box Score

Result: Nationals 7, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Luis Rico, LHP (4.15) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunerky Adames, RF (.333) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 38-27

AA: Altoona Curve – 28-35

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 26-41

A: West Virginia Power – 21-45

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 6-4

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 4-6

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  • nickmid13

    Fantastic results for all Pirate related games.

  • szielinski

    NH: “So, here’s the plan: We draft thousands of prep pitchers.”

    KS: “Great. I’ll then order Scott Mitchell to destroy every single one of those pitchers.”

    • Lee Young

      i’d laff if I wasn’t crying….

  • Nate

    Sooooo….whats up w/ Taillon?

    • Lee Young

      I have been concerned about him for some time. He’s seems to be getting worse. Maybe we shoulda taken Machado?

      • Scott BUCN Klima

        Machado is struggling as well. Taillon better get his act together, he needs to be ready for AA next year.

        • Lee Young

          agree, but he’s 19 yrs old at AA.

          AND….he plays SS!

  • buccotime57

    its drafting for ceiling and its better than taking “safer picks”

  • Scott BUCN Klima

    top 20 prospects went a combined 2-23 hitting…

    • Lee Young


  • Lee Young

    technically, since JT got LOTS of dollars for signing, he is an over slot pitcher, right? You don’t suppose………..????


  • Vince Riedy

    Glad to see Alderson bounce back. I was at his last start in Lehigh Valley and he looked pretty bad hanging quite a few pitches.

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