Prospect Watch: 24.2 Shutout Innings From Taillon, Kingham, Kuchno, and Waldrop

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.65) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-1, 1.00) - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.327) -  3-for-3, 2 BB, SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.191) - DNP

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.255) - 0-for-5

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, Extended Spring Training

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 2.35) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) - Triple-A DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-2, 4.02) - 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-0, 2.57) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.304) - 1-for-4, 2B, BB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.276) - 0-for-4, 3 K

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.209) - 0-for-2

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.43) - DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 3.24) - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 2.93) - DNP

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (4.02) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.327) – 3-for-3, 2 BB, SB

Home Runs: None

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Toledo 0

Starting Pitcher: Kyle Waldrop, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.313) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Vic Black, RHP (3.24) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: With the Indians short in the starting pitching department, Kyle Waldrop stepped up to make a great spot start. The ground ball specialist had an 11:3 GO/AO ratio, and now has ten shutout innings on the year. Vic Black and Ryan Reid closed out the shutout. Indianapolis only have five hits, and Jordy Mercer had two of those hits. He’s got a .313/.382/.458 line in 48 at-bats so far this year.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE 

Game One Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (2.50) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.326) – 2-for-6, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, CF (.286) – 2-for-4, 2 BB

Jason Townsend, RHP (1.17) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Richmond 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-1, 1.00) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, 1B-LF (.327) – 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, CF (.288) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Jeff Inman, RHP (2.57) – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Altoona finished yesterday’s suspended game, then Jameson Taillon made his regularly scheduled start and pitched a great game. John Eshleman was covering today’s games, and has a recap of Taillon and the rest of today’s performers. Casey Sadler was the only starter listed today who gave up an earned run, although all of his innings were pitched yesterday.

 

Nick Kingham threw six shutout innings.

Nick Kingham threw six shutout innings.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Jupiter 6, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (4.02) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.327) – 3-for-3, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Benji Gonzalez, SS (.286) – 2-for-5

Carlos Mesa, DH (.296) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Nick Kingham bounced back from giving up five runs in 4.2 innings in his last start. He’s only struck out seven or more batters four other times in his career. Gregory Polanco came up big tonight, going 3-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base. Polanco isn’t posting monster numbers, but he’s doing a good job of following up on last year, hitting for a .327/.379/.442 line on the season. Benji Gonzalez has also been impressive at the plate this year. He’s hitting for a .286 average and a .355 on-base percentage. This is also his third season in the FSL.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result:  Greenville 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (7.30) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B (.333) – 2-for-4, BB

Other Notable Performers

Dilson Herrera, DH (.304) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Stetson Allie, 1B (.407) – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Jason Creasy, RHP (5.59) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: John Kuchno started off rough in his first two starts, giving up ten earned runs in 7.1 innings. This time around he had much better results. Stetson Allie didn’t homer today, but continued his hitting, and also drew two walks, which is very encouraging. Eric Wood also continued his hot hitting, and now has a .333/.373/.604 line in 48 at-bats.

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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