Prospect Watch: Taillon Struggles With Control, Bell and Lambo Homer

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 (3-3, 3.67) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.26) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.307) – 1-for-4, 2 SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.289) – 0-for-3, 2 BB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (UPDATE: Where Will Heredia Start the Year?)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.278) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.95) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (6-2, 3.21) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-4, 5.60) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.299) – 1-for-5, 2B

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.289) – DNP

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

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (2-2, 6.46) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 3.02) – DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 3.70) – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (4.91) – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF-1B (.293) – 2-for-5, HR

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (10), Willy Garcia (4), Josh Bell (7)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS  

Box Score

Result: Pawtucket 8, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (4-3, 3.51) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, CF (.282) – 2-for-4, 3B, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.313) – 2-for-5, 3B

Duke Welker, RHP (4.01) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Jared Hughes, RHP (0.90) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton had his worst start since his debut with Indianapolis. In his debut he gave up four runs in 5.1 innings. Since then he hasn’t given up more than three runs in an outing, spanning seven outings. Jared Hughes gave up his first run in ten innings since going down to Triple-A. He has an 8:3 K/BB ratio in that stretch. Chase d’Arnaud and Alex Presley led off the game with back-to-back triples to lead to a two run inning, but Indianapolis didn’t score the rest of the night.

 

Jameson Taillon struggled with his control tonight, walking four batters in five innings.

Jameson Taillon struggled with his control tonight, walking four batters in five innings.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Binghamton 4

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3.26) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, LF-1B (.293) – 2-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Dickerson, RF (.214) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Mel Rojas, CF (.251) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon had some control issues tonight, walking more than three batters for the first time this season. He also gave up more than three earned runs for only the second time on the year. Three of his runs came on a first inning homer, and all four came in the first inning. Taillon has given up three homers in his last three games. Andrew Lambo hit his tenth homer of the year. Only Stetson Allie has more homers, and third place is a tie between Brett Carroll and Jarek Cunningham with eight each. Mel Rojas now has a six game hitting streak, and is 14-for-39 in his last ten games, with hits in nine of those ten games.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 10, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (2-2, 6.46) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.223) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Carlos Mesa, DH (.265) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Gregory Polanco stole two bases, giving him 21 stolen bases on the season. He stole 40 bases last year. Willy Garcia hit his fourth homer of the year. Adrian Sampson pitched five innings with no earned runs the last time out, but was hit hard tonight. He’s had trouble with the long ball this year, giving up nine homers in 47.1 innings over ten starts. This was his third multi-homer game in his last five games, and he has seven homers in that span.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 12, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP (0-2, 15.00) – 0.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.278) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.299) – 1-for-5, 2B

John Kuchno, RHP (4.91) – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 3 HR

Stetson Allie, DH (.342) – 1-for-4, 2 K

Game Notes: West Virginia was hurt with home runs tonight. Jake Burnette gave up a grand slam in the first inning, and left while recording only one out. It was the second time in four starts that Burnette has failed to get out of the first inning. John Kuchno also struggled with homers, giving up three solo shots. Prior to this game he had given up one homer in 42 innings on the season. Kuchno also struck out nine, which is a career high, beating his previous high of five strikeouts which he reached twice this year. Josh Bell hit his seventh homer of the season.

Author: 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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