Prospect Watch: Taillon Has Another Good Start; Dickerson and Hanson 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 (2-4, 3.94) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.91) - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 1.88) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.316) - 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

5. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.325) - 1-for-5

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

7. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-1, 0.94) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (9-5, 2.66) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (8-5, 4.14) - 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

10. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 4.07) - DNP

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

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.218) - 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

13. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.298) - 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

14. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.288) - 0-for-3, 3 K

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.54) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

16. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.286) - 0-for-2, SB

17. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (4-7, 4.83) - DNP

18. Jose Osuna, 1B, West Virginia (.276) - DNP

19. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-4, 4.39) - DNP

20. Victor Black, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 1.74) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (6-7, 3.91) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, DH (.298) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Alex Dickerson (11), Alen Hanson (16), Jorge Bishop (2)



Box Score

Result: Scranton/WB 9, Indianapolis 8

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (4.14) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Tabata, CF (.324) – 3-for-6, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.243) – 2-for-5

Tony Sanchez, C (.218) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.54) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Justin Wilson dealt with control issues again. In his last six starts he has walked 22 batters in 25.2 innings. Bryan Morris has a 2.54 ERA in 67.1 innings this year, with a 63:14 K/BB ratio. Jose Tabata has a seven game hitting streak, and is 14-for-27 in that stretch. Only one of those 14 hits has gone for extra bases.



Box Score

Result: New Britain 8, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (0-1, 2.45) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, DH (.402) – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, C (.259) – 2-for-2, 3 BB

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.219) – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Adalberto Santos continues to hit in Altoona. In his last ten games he’s 16-for-40 (.400), which is actually lower than his season average of .402. He has six multi-hit games in his last eight games. Ramon Cabrera is 11-for-30 in his last ten games, with eight walks and two doubles.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Palm Beach 0

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (6-7, 3.91) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, DH (.298) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Josh Poytress, LHP (2.38) – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Jason Townsend, RHP (2.54) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: In his last two starts, Jameson Taillon has pitched 12 shutout innings, allowing four hits, with eight strikeouts and three walks. Alex Dickerson hit his 11th homer of the year, and his ninth since the start of June. Josh Poytress has a 2.38 ERA in 34 innings, with a 21:21 K/BB ratio. Jason Townsend has a 2.54 ERA this year in 60.1 innings, with a 38:21 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Lakewood 1

Starting Pitcher: Porfirio Lopez, LHP (2-2, 6.45) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.282) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.316) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Willy Garcia, RF (.250) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Alen Hanson hit his 16th homer of the year. Porfirio Lopez made the start tonight with Zack Dodson on the Temporary Inactive List. Dan Gamache had two doubles, giving him 31 on the season. This was also his sixth multi-hit game in his last ten games. He had a .308 average and an .808 OPS in July. Taylor Lewis stole his 16th base of the season.



Box Score

Result: State College 3, Aberdeen 2

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (2.81) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tyler Gaffney, CF (.328) – 1-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chris Diaz, SS (.205) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson has pitched ten innings without an earned run over his last two starts. On the season he has a 2.81 ERA in 25.2 innings with a 26:7 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Blue Jays 1

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (5.00) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF (.269) – 4-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Colten Brewer, RHP (3.50) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Eric Wood, DH (.316) – 3-for-4

Jorge Bishop, 2B (.190) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jon Sanford has made five starts this year, and has been hot and cold. In thee of the starts he has combined for 7.2 shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking three, and striking out one. In the other two starts he failed to make it out of the first inning each time, combining for five earned runs in 1.1 innings of work. Jorge Bishop hit his second homer of the year. Colten Brewer made his first appearance since July 6th. Andrew Lambo went 1-for-5 with a double in a rehab appearance.



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Box Score

Result: Mets 6, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP (3.65) – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, RF (.263) – 2-for-4, 3B



The Pirates game was suspended in the fourth inning.

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  • Lee Young

    Good to see JT on a roll, and Santos continuing his hitting. Is Tabby’s lack of power disconcerting or should we just be happy he is hitting the ball again?

  • eeee12

    Any reason why Taillon’s start was so short? With 0 BBs it seems unlikely it was due to pitch count.

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