Prospect Watch: Taillon Throws Five Shutout Innings In Debut

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 (0-1, 6.75) - DNP

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

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.273) – 0-for-3, HBP, Run, SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.154) – 2-for-5, 3B, SB, RBI, 2 Runs

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.083) – 0-for-4

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) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-1, 3.60) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 9.82) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.222) – 2-for-3

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.000) – DNP

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – 1 IP,  0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.167) – 1-for-4

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

17. Victor Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 20.25) – 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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DAILY SUMMARY

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

Top Hitter: , Andrew Lambo, LF (.417) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (1),

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Columbus 3

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (0-0, 9.00) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Matt Hague, 1B (.200) – 2-for-3, 2 Runs, BB

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, SS (.362) – 1-for-3, RBI, BB, SB

Ivan De Jesus Jr, 3B (.250) – 1-for-2, 3B, RBI, BB

Bryan Morris, RHP (0.00) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Vin Mazzaro, RHP (0.00) – 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kyle McPherson had a very rough start, but his teammates were able to get him off the hook, coming back to win 5-3. Vin Mazzaro threw four shutout innings and Mike Zagurski and Bryan Morris each added a scoreless frame to keep Columbus off the board for the last six innings. Besides allowing four hits and two walks, McPherson also hit two  batters and threw a wild pitch. He threw 56 pitches, 31 for strikes. Indy got RBI’s from Alex Presley, Jordy Mercer, Darren Ford and Ivan De Jesus Jr., as they scored two in the fifth, two in the sixth and added another in the eighth inning. Brandon Inge went 0-for-3 in his rehab assignment, leaving him 0-for-8 so far.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE 

Taillon threw five shutout innings this afternoon

Taillon threw five shutout innings this afternoon

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Erie 3

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

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF (.417) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, RF (.308) – 1-for4, 2B, BB

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.308) – 0-for-3, Sac, HBP

Matt Curry, 1B (.357) – 1-for-4, RBI

Adalberto Santos, 3B (.455) – 3-for-5, RBI, SB

 

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon made his season debut today and pitched brilliantly, allowing just four singles and a walk in five innings. He threw 75 pitches, 43 for strikes, and had a 5/4 GO/AO ratio to go along with his four strikeouts. The only downside to his start was the fact he allowed five stolen bases in five attempts, though he was still able to keep Erie off the board. Andrew Lambo added three hits, including his first home run of the season, as Altoona scored runs in five different innings with the help of 11 hits and three walks. The opposing pitcher today was Derek Hankins, a long time member of the Pirates minor league system, who spent parts of four seasons playing in Altoona.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 10, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (0-1, 9.00) – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, LF (.333) – 2-for-4, SB, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Willy Garcia, RF (.273) – 0-for-4, 2 K

Alen Hanson, SS (.154) – 2-for-5, 3B, SB, RBI, 2 Runs

Gregory Polanco, CF (.273) – 0-for-3, HBP, Run, SB

Jose Osuna, 1B (.167) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Matt Benedict got hit hard early and Bradenton played sloppy defense in the field, which put them down 7-0 through two innings. Alen Hanson picked up his first two hits of the season, but he also made his first two errors. On the down side, Dan Gamache is still hitless and he committed two errors, giving him three already. Zack Von Rosenberg pitched to six batters in the fifth inning, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. He gave up a homer, but also recorded two strikeouts. On the good side, Elias Diaz and Chris Lashmet had two hits apiece, with Diaz hitting two doubles. Jhonathan Ramos threw 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Asheville 4, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (0-1, 2.84) – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Stetson Allie, 1B (.167) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Josh Bell, DH (.083) – 0-for-4

Wyatt Mathisen, C (.167) – 1-for-4

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.222) 2-for-3

Max Moroff, SS (.273) 0-for-3, Run, BB

Game Notes: The Power remain winless through three games, just like Bradenton. Castro pitched well through six innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh. He left with two runners on and a 1-1 score. Kyle Haynes allowed both inherited runners to score. The offense has struggled, but two good signs may have come from today’s game, both Dilson Herrera and Stetson Allie picked up their first hits. Herrera did have three walks in the first two games, so he has been on base five times already. Allie made an error on a catch and another on a throw. Josh Bell is 1-for-12 so far.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    John…once upon a time, McFearsome was a Tewksbury clone. Now, all of a sudden he has gotten wild?

    Is there anything wrong with him physically?

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.sweetnich Joe Sweetnich

      I’m sure you are correct, Lee. This is the same guy that had a 44/7 K/BB ratio not too long ago.

      I fell reasonably certain his shoulder issues have returned.

  • http://twitter.com/BUCN_Baseball BUCN_Baseball

    I was at the WV last night. While Bell did go 0-4 two of those outs were well struck balls that were both caught on the warning track to dead center. He showed some good pop and the knee looked fine.