Prospect Watch: Taillon Has a Good Start; JaCoby Jones Gets a Start at SS

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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-6, 2.94) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.301) – 0-for-4

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (4-2, 2.69) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.291) – 2-for-5, 2B

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.000) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.282) – DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-2, 3.86) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-1, 1.93) –  DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.636) – DNP

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

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.294) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.239) – DNP

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.224) – 0-for-3, BB

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL (UPDATE 6/22)

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.89) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.48) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.10) – DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.290) – 2-for-4

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-6, 2.94) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, SS (.317) – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Home Runs: None

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Toledo 9, Indianapolis 7

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (3.48) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, SS (.317) – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.286) – 2-for-4

Tony Sanchez, C (.294) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Andrew Lambo, RF (.298) – 2-for-4

Ivan De Jesus, 2B (.332) – 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Stolmy Pimentel has had three starts where he has given up one or fewer runs in 6+ innings. In his other two starts he has combined for ten earned runs in 11 innings. That inconsistent performance was a problem for him in Altoona, and will likely hold him back from being a top of the rotation guy. One good sign is that he’s cutting down on the walks, with 10 in 31 innings. Josh Harrison hit two doubles, giving him 28 on the year. Tony Sanchez hit his 24th double of the year. Andrew Lambo has cooled a bit, going 8-for-30 with a double and a homer in his last ten games.

 

Jameson Taillon struck out six and walked none in seven innings tonight.

Jameson Taillon struck out six and walked none in seven innings tonight.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE   

Box Score

Result: Erie 3, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-6, 2.94) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Charlie Cutler, DH (.302) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.232) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon wasn’t as dominant in the three starts heading into this game. He didn’t have bad numbers, with six earned runs in 16.1 innings. However, he had an 8:6 K/BB ratio in that span. Tonight was not only a good start, but he did much better with six strikeouts and no walks. On the season he has a 2.94 ERA in 95 innings, with a 91:33 K/BB ratio.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS  

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 9, Bradenton 6

Starting Pitcher: Emmanuel De Leon, RHP (2-1, 3.69) – 1.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.278) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Robby Rowland, RHP (4.61) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Alen Hanson, SS (.291) – 2-for-5, 2B

Jacob Stallings, C (.232) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Emmanuel De Leon got the start tonight for some reason, but lasted only one inning. He gave up five runs, all unearned due to a three error inning. Two of those errors led to the five runs. Alen Hanson returned from the disabled list and went 2-for-5 with a double in his first game back. Dan Gamache hit his 23rd double of the year.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER 

West Virginia was postponed due to rain.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 10, Batavia 3

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (2-0, 4.05) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS (.450) – 2-for-5, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, 2B (.438) – 3-for-4

Harold Ramirez, LF (.290) – 2-for-4

Danny Collins, DH (.310) – 2-for-5, 2B

Jeff Roy, CF (.258) – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Jamestown has scored 39 runs in their last three games. Everyone in the lineup had hits tonight, and six players had multiple hits. Adam Frazier and JaCoby Jones are both off to great starts in their careers. Frazier is 7-for-16 while Jones is 9-for-20 with two doubles and a triple. Jones played his previous three games in center field, but got the start at shortstop tonight. He is listed as a shortstop on the Jamestown roster, despite being drafted as a center fielder. Harold Ramirez currently has a six game hitting streak, and a 1.325 OPS in 24 at-bats in the month of July.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES   

The Pirates were off today.

Tim Williams

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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  • rburgh

    Suppose that you are managing the Bucs in 2017. You have Jones, Hanson, and Mercer as your primary infielders. How do you line them up defensively?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      Way too early for that. One guy is still developing, and one guy has only played one game and I’ve never seen him play the position.

  • SteveW

    Tim, a question about Jones. As far as I can tell, he didn’t play an inning at SS for LSU in three seasons. If they didnt’ view him as a SS, is there any reason to think he is a potential SS at a higher pro level?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      He’s very athletic, and I think the feeling is that he can play anywhere. In high school he was a wide receiver and strong safety. He’s also played all over the infield at LSU. I’m not sure who their shortstop was, and how good that option was compared to Jones.

      For now I’d say this is like putting your best arm in the rotation, even if he profiles as a reliever. In this case, Jones is the most athletic on the team. He might not profile as a shortstop in the long run, but there’s more value putting him there and hoping he does well in the position, as opposed to keeping him at second, which is a position he’s already comfortable with.

      • SteveW

        Thanks. At LSU, it does not appear that he played all over the infield. I checked over 60 of their box scores – from all three of his seasons – and he was at 2B in all 60 games. And they had at least two different starting SS’s over those seasons, including a freshman who took over at SS in 2013.

        The fact that he was only used at 2B in college makes it hard for me to believe he is really a candidate to play SS at a higher level. Having said that, if they want to try it, it can’t hurt. Except that it suggests that they don’t see Frazier as being a serious higher-level SS candidate since it appears – based on his college play – that his bat is not good enough for any other position.

        • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

          I wouldn’t be surprised if they rotated both guys. Have Frazier play a series at 2B then a series at SS. Have Jones play a series at CF then a series at SS.

    • smurph

      Other than catcher, shortstop and CF are your most important defensive positions. Jones being such a great athlete, it really boils down to which he is most comfortable at, and maybe, eventually which position the Pirates will have a need at. Exciting to see these two kids not at all intimidated playing professional baseball for the first time.

  • michaelbro8

    State College management is probably regretting their decision now, ya think ?