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Prospect Watch: Taillon and Heredia Pitch Well, Osuna and Garcia Homer

Prospect Watch: Taillon and Heredia Pitch Well, Osuna and Garcia Homer


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 (2-4, 4.85) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.09) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

3. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.311) – 0-for-5

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

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 1.88) – 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

6. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 2.83) – DNP

7. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.326) – 3-for-4

8. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 4.22) – DNP

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (3-7, 5.13) – DNP

10. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 4.04) – DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.216) – 0-for-4

12. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.54) – DNP

13. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.251) – 0-for-4

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.308) – Foot Injury

15. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.288) – 0-for-2, BB

16. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.298) – 1-for-3, BB

17. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-1, 0.80) – DNP

18. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.301) – 2-for-4, HR

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-4, 3.73) – DNP

20. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.284) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI



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Top Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (10-3, 3.40) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yamaico Navarro, LF (.282) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Yamaico Navarro (6), Jose Osuna (14), Willy Garcia (12)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Buffalo 2

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (10-3, 3.40) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yamaico Navarro, LF (.282) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 3B (.307) – 3-for-4

Jose Tabata, RF (.292) – 2-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: Navarro hit his sixth homer of the year.  Rick VandenHurk now has a 3.55 ERA in 78.2 innings, with a 68:27 K/BB ratio. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 30th base of the year. Jeff Clement hit his 32nd double of the year, going 1-for-4 on the night.



Altoona was off tonight.



Box Score

Result: Lakeland 1, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.09) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, RF (.228) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.298) – 1-for-3, SB

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon rebounded well from his last start. The last time out, Taillon gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings. Carlos Mesa has a .960 OPS in 34 at-bats over his last ten games. Gift Ngoepe went 1-for-4 with his fifth triple of the year. Alex Dickerson stole his ninth base of the year and extended his hitting streak to five games.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 14, Hagerstown 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (6-6, 4.86) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.284) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.326) – 3-for-4, RBI

Willy Garcia, RF (.254) – 2-for-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI

Francisco Diaz, C (.282) – 3-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Jose Osuna hit his 14th homer of the year. The first baseman has four homers in 29 at-bats over his last seven games. This month he has nine homers in 103 at-bats. Willy Garcia hit his 12th homer of the year. Garcia has been struggling since the start of June, with an OPS of .686 in June and .687 in July, heading in to tonight. Gregory Polanco was hitting for a .398/.472/.602 line in 93 at-bats in July coming in to tonight’s game. In his last five starts, Zack Dodson has allowed five earned runs in 29 innings, with a 21:9 K/BB ratio. John Dreker looked at what Dodson has been working on in his bullpen sessions.



Box Score

Result: Lowell 2, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (1.88) – 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Derek Trent, DH (.400) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Barrett Barnes, CF (.288) – 0-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Luis Heredia pitched in to the fifth inning for the seventh start in a row, but couldn’t finish the inning. So far this year, Heredia has a 1.88 ERA in 38.1 innings, with a 22:9 K/BB ratio. Derek Trent played in his second game since coming off the DL.



Box Score

Result: Phillies 5, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandofrt, RHP (7.11) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B (.202) – 3-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Eric Wood, 3B (.278) – 2-for-4, 3B

Game Notes: Jon Sandfort has had two outings where he failed to get out of the first inning, and two outings where he’s combined for five shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk. Aaron Pribanic pitched a rehab inning, giving up one run on a walk and two hits. Edwin Espinal was 3-for-36 in his last nine games before tonight’s three hit performance.



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Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Marlins 2

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (3-2, 3.43) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, 1B (.241) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Giants 0

Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP (3.89) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gustavo Barrios, 2B (.360) – 2-for-4, SB

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  • Mike Kandrack

    tim any chance you could put the pitch counts in for the pitchers? I am just curious how many pitches taillon, cole, and heredia are being allowed to throw and how efficiently they are working thru there innings.

    • Tim Williams

      I usually put those when they’re available.

  • Lee Young

    I notice that Osuna has started hitting since you made him your # 20 prospect. lol

    Good outings from JT and Luis.

    Sanchez appears to be slumping again. I have more hope for the Fort than him, to be honest.

    • Tim Williams

      He was hitting before that. I guess it’s just easier to notice now that he’s in the top 20 every day.

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