Prospect Watch: Taillon Strikes Out Ten, Bell and Allie Continue Hot Hitting


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 (0-1, 6.00) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-1, 1.64) - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.281) - 2-for-6

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.205) - 1-for-6

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.314) - 5-for-9, 3 2B

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, Extended Spring Training

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 9.00) - DNP

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-2, 6.52) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 4.15) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.222) - 1-for-4

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.067) - 0-for-4, 2 K

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.160) – 1-for-4, BB

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 10.13) - DNP

17. Victor Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 5.06) - DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

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

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



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Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-1, 1.64) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.314) – 5-for-9, 3 2B

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (1), Stetson Allie (3), Eric Wood (2)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 7, Indianapolis 6

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (0-1, 19.29) – 1.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.310) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jared Goedert, 3B (.333) – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kyle McPherson had a rough first start of the season, giving up three runs in three innings. His second start tonight wasn’t much better. McPherson gave up seven runs and didn’t make it out of the second inning. He probably wouldn’t have been an option to spot start for Wandy Rodriguez, since the Pirates will need a spot starter before his next scheduled start. However, even if he was available, it would be doubtful that he’d be considered an option after his first two starts. Kyle Waldrop threw 3.1 shutout innings, but allowed all three inherited runners to score. Vin Mazzaro added two shutout innings.



Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 4, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-1, 1.64) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.314) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jason Townsend, RHP (1.59) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon had a great start, but didn’t get any run support. In two starts this year at the Double-A level, Taillon has a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings with a 14:4 K/BB ratio. Matt Curry had two doubles, giving him three on the year. Jason Townsend has given up one earned run in 5.2 innings this season, with a 6:2 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (5.19) – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.313) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.281) – 2-for-6

Dan Gamache, 2B (.286) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton was hurt by poor defense tonight. The Marauders gave up six errors. There were also three plays which were errors, but weren’t scored as errors. One of those plays led to some runs from Matt Benedict that shouldn’t have been earned. Willy Garcia hit his first homer of the year, and also hit his first double.


Stetson Allie continued his hot hitting at the plate with his third homer of the year.

Stetson Allie continued his hot hitting at the plate with his third homer of the year.


Game One Box Score

Result:  West Virginia 11, Asheville 4

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (1.74) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Josh Bell, RF (.323) – 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, 1B (.343) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR

Max Moroff, SS (.233) – 2-for-6, 2B

Ryan Hafner, RHP (1-0, 7.36) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: West Virginia resumed yesterday’s suspended game. In the seventh inning Josh Bell led off with his second double of the game. Stetson Allie followed up with a two run homer for his third of the season. Bell had four hits and two doubles, giving him six on the season. Allie added a double to his home run. Seven West Virginia hitters had multiple hits. Raul Fortunato had two hits and a stolen base. Jonathan Schwind had two hits and two stolen bases.

Game Two Box Score

Result:  Asheville 9, West Virginia 7

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (0-1, 12.27) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter:  Eric Wood, 3B (.300) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Josh Bell, RF (.314) – 1-for-4, 2B

Stetson Allie, 1B (.359) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: John Kuchno made his second start of the year. In two starts combined he has given up 10 earned runs in 7.1 innings, with an 8:8 K/BB ratio. Eric Wood hit his second homer of the season. Josh Bell has at least one double in each of his last five games, and seven during that span.

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  • michaelbro8

    Overall; a good day for Bucs baseball

  • johnrussellskinner

    I’m hoppin on the Stestson Allie bandwagon. Who’s comin with me?

  • buc em all

    I’m pulling for the kid he lead low A in Hrs both he n bell are top 5 in RBI and minus one 0-4 k game his k rate wouldn’t be so bad … What’s up with moroff n wood r they prospects with MLB starter potential ?

  • beatembuccos21

    Is it possible that McPherson is physically ailing?

    • Tim Williams

      He was just placed on the DL.

  • jamesmvargo

    I wish someone would hit above Low-A ball.

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