Prospect Watch: Taillon Goes Six Shutout in Altoona; Curry and d’Arnaud 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 post trade deadline update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.25) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 0.00) - 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (3-2, 2.86) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.312) - DNP

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.325) - 0-for-4

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (5-3, 1.99) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (10-5, 2.56) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (9-6, 3.82) - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 0.98) - DNP

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

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.228) - DNP

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.299) - DNP

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.291) - 1-for-4, HR

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.56) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.295) - 1-for-4

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (6-8, 4.50) - DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.278) - DNP

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (4-6, 4.90) - DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 1.76) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-0, 0.00) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.239) – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Chase d’Arnaud (6), Matt Curry (11)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (12-5, 3.07) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.239) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Alex Presley, CF (.302) – 2-for-4

Matt Hague, 1B (.284) – 2-for-4

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.56) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Justin Wilson, LHP (3.82) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Chase d’Arnaud hit his sixth homer of the year. Justin Wilson made his second relief appearance, giving up a run in the second inning of work. Bryan Morris gave up an earned run, which snapped a streak of seven innings without an earned run.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Richmond 0

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-0, 0.00) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, C (.274) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry, 1B (.291) – 1-for-4, HR

Gustavo Nunez, SS (.231) – 2-for-4, 2B

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.223) – 1-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI

Hunter Strickland, RHP (4.50) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes:  Taillon had an impressive second outing, needing only 69 pitches to get through six shutout innings. 48 of those pitches went for strikes. The right-hander had a perfect game through four innings, before giving up a hit in the fifth. He finished the start with five straight strikeouts. Matt Curry hit his 11th homer of the year. Coming in to this game, Ramon Cabrera was hitting for a .338/.417/.451 line in 133 at-bats in the second half.



Bradenton was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Hickory 7, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (8-5, 3.41) – 4.2 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Chris Lashmet, 1B (.235) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Pat Ludwig, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Rowland limited the damage, despite giving up almost twice as many hits as innings. Prior to this start he was doing well limiting hits recently, giving up 18 hits in 24 innings in his first four starts in August. On the season Rowland has a 3.41 ERA in 100.1 innings, with a 58:23 K/BB ratio. 2012 10th round pick Pat Ludwig made his third appearance with West Virginia. Ludwig has three perfect innings with five strikeouts, after putting up a 1.05 ERA in 25.2 innings with State College, along with a 21:3 K/BB ratio. Gregory Polanco was activated from the disabled list today and went 0-for-4.



State College was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 1, Cardinals 0

Starting Pitcher: Colten Brewer, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, RF (.500) – 1-for-2, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jackson Lodge, LHP (1-0, 0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Bryton Trepagnier, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The GCL Pirates advanced to the Gulf Coast League Championship.

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  • RandyLinville

    What a great start at AA for Taillon! That’s two straight wonderful outings for him. Hopefully he keeps it up.

    • Ian Rothermund

      If he finishes strong the last start or two he has, is AAA to start out 2013 a possibility?

  • Matt Clements

    Is Josh Bell still having swelling in his knee? At what point does this become a serious concern?

    • Tim Williams

      If he can’t play next year, it’s a serious concern.

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