Prospect Watch: Taillon Hit With Line Drive, Glasnow Strikes Out Ten


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 (2-1, 2.45) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.26) - 3.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.322) - 1-for-4

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.239) - 1-for-3, BB, SB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.280) - 2-for-5

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) – Low-A DL

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (2-0, 1.80) - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (3-2, 2.76) - DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 3.91) –  DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.267) – DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.274) - 1-for-4, 2B

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) – In Majors

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.181) - 1-for-3

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.26) - DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 3.18) - DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.34) - DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 0.74) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2-2, 3.38) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Pie, LF (.202) – 3-for-5, 3 SB

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (6), Benji Gonzalez (1)



Box Score

Result: Scranton W/B 3, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2-2, 3.38) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Pie, LF (.202) – 3-for-5, 3 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C (.274) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton had a 7.45 ERA in 9.2 innings over two starts with Altoona before going up to Indianapolis. He had a rough first start, but has since settled down, and now has a 3.38 ERA in 29.1 innings, with a 25:8 K/BB ratio and a high ground ball rate. That’s similar to his 2012 numbers with Altoona, when he had a 3.84 ERA in 152/1 innings, along with an 88:46 K/BB ratio and a 2.04 GO/AO ratio. So far his strikeouts are up, which is an encouraging sign. Felix Pie has gone 4-for-10 with a homer and three stolen bases in the last two games. I still think Andrew Lambo should take his place. Tony Sanchez hit his seventh double of the year.



Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 13, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-4, 3.26) – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, 1B (.281) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.122) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon left the game in the fourth inning after taking a line drive off his leg. He walked off the field under his own power, and was replaced by Nate Baker. Baker allowed both inherited runners to score, giving Taillon two more runs. Taillon gave up two in the first inning, which were both unearned. UPDATE: Taillon was taken out as a precaution and has a left shin contusion. Baker and Jhonathan Ramos combined to give up nine more runs. Andrew Lambo hit his sixth homer of the year, but more importantly was playing first base with Matt Curry on the DL. That could open another path for Lambo to eventually move up to Triple-A.



Box Score

Result: Dunedin 3, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0-6, 3.57) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Benji Gonzalez, 3B (.272) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.239) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Eliecer Navarro might be 0-6, but he’s having a pretty good season. In 35.1 innings he has a 3.57 ERA and a 33:7 K/BB ratio. In his last two starts he has struck out 15 in 11 innings. Benji Gonzalez hit his first homer of the year. Alen Hanson stole his eighth base of the year, but is only hitting for a .239 average on the season.


Tyler Glasnow struck out a career high 10 batters.

Tyler Glasnow struck out a career high 10 batters.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Greenville 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (2-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, LF (.262) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.280) – 2-for-5

Stetson Allie, DH (.345) – 0-for-3, BB

Jason Creasy, RHP (4.05) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow struck out a career high 10 batters, which came one start after setting a career high of seven strikeouts in a game. He’s the first West Virginia pitcher to strike out ten since Kyle McPherson in on May 9th, 2010. On the season Glasnow has a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings, with a 33:17 K/BB ratio. Control is his main problem, but he has only given up 11 hits on the year. Showing how it’s still early in the season, Stetson Allie saw his average drop ten points with an 0-for-3 night. In his last five games, Jason Creasy has combined for seven shutout innings, with four hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.

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  • tripleplay24


    Who would u have drafted Taillon or Machado? All there SS problems would be solved. I thought that was a mistake not to take him with the 2nd pick in the draft

    • Lee Young

      I was onboard with taking Machado.

      However, I am hoping they BOTH become stars.


    • Tim Williams

      Taillon. Wanted him the whole year.

      • tripleplay24

        Would u still takeTaillion over Machado

        • Tim Williams

          Yes. I still really like Taillon. I’m also not sure if Machado can play short. He’s at third right now, mostly due to JJ Hardy. It was never a guarantee that he’d stick at short.

  • Lee Young

    I was at the Al Tuna game last night.

    If Glasnow ever gets to Altoona I am NOT going to see him.

    Why? Because I was at the game when Cole got hit by a line drive.

    I am a jinx. Plain and simple. I admit it! :)

    Also, both games I attended, neither pitcher looked sharp. And they must have one slow gun in Hbg, because JT never got above 92!

    He does have one hellacious curve.


  • Lee Young

    I wondered about Lambo playing 1b, because, a) he was awful there and b) Dickerson was in RF (where he too was awful). Did Hurdle make out that lineup?

    For the 2nd night in a row, Mel Rojas, jr did not look like a major league ballplayer.



    • Tim Williams

      With Curry out it was a bit of a surprise to see that lineup. It would have been easier for Dickerson to go to first and Lambo in RF. I guess they want each player learning new positions.

  • Ian Rothermund

    Where is Glasnow’s fastball sitting so far this year? I don’t think I’ve seen many so far this year. Is he able to consistently get into the mid-90’s range now?

    It’s exciting to see a pitcher, while still incredibly raw, that is able to do the things he’s doing right now. That’s all while having his pitch selection controlled radically, I’m sure.

    • Tim Williams

      I haven’t seen him in West Virginia, but from what I’ve heard it’s the same as he was last year, and this year in ST. He’s consistently 90-96.

    • Walt Cook

      Not ‘incredibly raw’. I saw Glasnow in High School (the same HS as Bob Walk) and he had the best pitching coach and is ‘incredibly advanced’ along with his training in Bradenton. Like Bob Walk, he is a player’s player. Popular with teammates and coaches. His high school coach believes he is on his way to greatness. He will turn 20 Aug 23 2013 and is growing stronger. Prospects lists him at 6-8 220. Tim will have to see him pitch and access his size.

      • Tim Williams

        I’ve seen him pitch. Just not since Spring Training ended.

  • pitwalker18

    I’m curious how the AA score was Altoona 3 Harrisburg 1 if Taillon gave up 4 runs before leaving the game??

    • Tim Williams

      Because I didn’t update the score last night.

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