Prospect Watch: Strong Altoona Debut For Taillon; Avila Homers Again


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 post trade deadline update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.19) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.314) - 2-for-4, BB

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.328) - Low-A DL (UPDATE)

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-3, 2.19) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 2.68) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-6, 3.84) - DNP

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 1.59) - DNP

11. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.288) - State College DL (UPDATE)

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.221) - 2-for-3

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.303) - 2-for-3, 2B

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.292) - 2-for-5, 3 RBI

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.51) – DNP

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.310) - 1-for-3, BB

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (6-7, 4.62) - DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.279) - 1-for-4

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 5.13) - DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.82) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR



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Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, DH (.290) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Mel Rojas (5), Eric Avila (9)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Syracuse 1

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (12-4, 3.04) – 7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, CF (.297) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.221) – 2-for-3

Brock Holt, 2B (.411) – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Trenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.292) – 2-for-5, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, C (.269) – 3-for-5

Andrew Lambo, RF (.275) – 2-for-5

Victor Black, RHP (1.82) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: My live recap of Jameson Taillon’s Double-A debut.



Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 3, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.62) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.250) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.303) – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: In 15 games as a starter, Casey Sadler has a 3.80 ERA in 83 innings, with a 53:22 K/BB ratio. Mel Rojas hit his fifth homer of the year, and stole his 16th base. Rojas has a .662 OPS on the season. He’s been struggling the last few months, with a .577 OPS in June, a .672 in July, and a .524 in August. Alex Dickerson has a .904 OPS in August.



Box Score

Result: Charleston 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (8-4, 3.48) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, DH (.290) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.314) – 2-for-4, BB

Willy Garcia, RF (.252) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Eric Avila snapped a four game home run streak yesterday, going 2-for-4 without a homer. He got back to hitting the long ball today with his sixth homer in his last ten games. Avila has a ten game hitting streak, and is hitting for a .395/.465/1.000 line in 38 at-bats during that stretch, with his six homers. Since the SAL All-Star break he has a .304/.350/.608 line in 125 at-bats, with all nine of his homers on the year.



Box Score

Result: Auburn 3, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (3-2, 3.32) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, LF (.280) – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers

Lance Breedlove, RHP (2.70) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez struck out six batters tonight, which sets a season-high. He has a 3.32 ERA in 57 innings on the year, with a 28:13 K/BB ratio. He’s struck out 12 in 14 innings over the last three starts, but also has given up eight earned runs in the same stretch. Lance Breedlove has a 2.70 ERA in 26.2 innings, with a 16:7 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Braves 6, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Colten Brewer, RHP (1-3, 3.24) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C (.319) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.250) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: 2011 4th round pick Colten Brewer has a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings this year, with an 18:9 K/BB ratio. Brewer has a 2.25 ERA in eight innings this month, with this start being the first outing where he allowed an earned run. In his last ten games, Jin-De Jhang is hitting for a .391/.462/.522 line in 23 at-bats.



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



Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Red Sox 1

Starting Pitcher: Cesilio Pimentel, LHP (3-3, 2.75) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, RF (.270) – 2-for-4, 2B



Game One Box Score

Result: Pirates 1, Diamondbacks/Reds 0

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (3.13) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gustavo Barrios, DH (.338) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Game Two Box Score

Result: Pirates 1, Diamondbacks/Reds 0

Starting Pitcher: Julio Vivas, RHP (2.36) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Henrry Rosario, CF (.219) – 1-for-2, 3B, BB

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