Prospect Watch: Taillon Strong In Return, Lambo Homers Again

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 (4-7, 3.67) -5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.284) - 2-for-3, BB, 2 SB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-2, 2.24) - DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.111) – 1-for-4

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.274) – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.277) - 1-for-2, BB, RBI, HBP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 2.96) - DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (2-3, 4.45) - DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.369) –   0-for-3

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.269) - 0-for-4

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.288) - In Majors

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – Low-A DL

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.245) - 1-for-4, RBI

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.21) - DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-3, 2.60) - DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.31) - In Majors

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.329) – 0-for-4

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.13) – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Graham Godfrey, RHP (8-7, 4.48) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.284) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (14), Lucas May (2)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS    

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Scranton/WB 1

Starting Pitcher: Graham Godfrey, RHP (8-7, 4.48) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Lucas May, C (.248) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, LF (.282) – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Chase d’Arnaud, 2B (.230) – 1-for-4, 2B

Matt Hague, 1B (.286) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo hit his 14th homer since joining Indianapolis and Lucas May hit a two-run homer, as the Indians won their second game in a row after breaking a seven game losing streak yesterday. Lambo also hit 14 homers with Altoona this year. He has 87 RBI’s between both stops. Graham Godfrey threw six shutout innings for his eighth win and Duke Welker picked up his sixth save. Ryan Reid started the ninth, but gave up a run and four hits before giving way to Welker, who picked up the last two outs. Matt Hague hit his 31st double.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE    

Taillon pitched well after skipping his last start

Taillon pitched well after skipping his last start

Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Binghamton 2

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3.67) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.284) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, LF (.271) – 1-for-3, RBI, SB

Alen Hanson, SS (.111) – 1-for-4

Alex Dickerson, RF (.300) – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon had not pitched in 13 days due to a minor neck injury. His neck has been a problem this year, causing him to miss a little time in Spring Training and skip a start earlier in the season. He was strong in his return, giving up just one run over five innings. Taillon was pounding the strike zone tonight, throwing 53 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The last two times he faced Binghamton, he allowed six runs over 9.1 innings. Altoona was down 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. They got a single from Alen Hanson, who scored on a double from Adalberto Santos. After a Gregory Polanco strikeout, Alex Dickerson drove home the winning run with a two out single. For Dickerson, it was his 60th RBI of the season.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS   

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Dunedin 2

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2.18) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: DJ Crumlich, 3B (.159) – 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, DH (.242) – 1-for-3

Stetson Allie, 1B (.245) – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Joely Rodriguez had a tough first inning, giving up two runs, but he quickly settled down and finished his day throwing shutout ball over his last four innings. Through his first eight games at Bradenton, he has a 2.18 ERA and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any game. Matt Benedict pitched two scoreless innings and with help from the Bradenton offense, he finally broke his 17 game losing streak. The Marauders scored twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh, to take a 5-2 lead. Robbie Kilcrease finished the game for his seventh save. Bradenton had seven singles in the game from seven different players. Gift Ngoepe didn’t get a hit, but he drew the team’s only walk.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER   

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Delmarva 3

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (4.26) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Raul Fortunato, CF (.250) – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.277) – 1-for-2, BB, RBI, HBP

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.269) – 0-for-4

Walker Gourley, 1B (.324) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: The Power won tonight with a four run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. Down 3-0 going into the ninth, West Virginia started with a hit-by-pitch to Josh Bell, followed by a double from Jordan Steranka. Eric Wood and Raul Fortunato then hit back-to-back RBI singles. After an out, Kawika Emsley-Pai walked to load the bases. Chris Diaz came up and hit a single that scored both Wood and Fortunato for the walk-off win. Bryton Trepagnier threw the last two innings for the Power to pick up his fourth win of the year. Josh Bell reached base three times, including his 31st double of the season.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS  

Box Score

Result: Staten Island 6, Jamestown 0

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (2.95) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: David Valesente, DH (.265) – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF (.329) – 0-for-4

Adam Frazier, SS (.354) – 2-for-4

Jin-De Jhang, C (.295) – 0-for-1

Game Notes: Jamestown starter Dovydas Neverauskas threw three shutout innings, before giving way to reliever Henry Hirsch, who threw three no-hit innings, striking out four batters. After that, things got rough for Jamestown pitching and they had trouble at the plate too. Andy Otamendi gave up four runs and then Kurt Yacko gave up another two tallies in the ninth. Between the four pitchers, they struck out 13 batters. Catcher Jin-De Jhang left the game after catching the top of the fourth inning. Jamestown had just four hits on the night, two by Adam Frazier, who had a 14 game hitting streak snapped in his last game. The other two hits were by David Valesente, who had a single and a double, the only extra base hit for the Jammers.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES   

Box Score

Result: Astros 18, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Jonathan Sandfort, RHP (2-1, 4.50) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Landecker, 3B (.242) – 1-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C (.369) – 0-for-3

Nick Buckner, RF (.226) – 1-for-2, 3B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Starter Jonathan Sandfort ran into first inning trouble, then after facing three batters in the third without retiring a hitter, the floodgates opened on the Pirates. The game was called in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Astros had already put 18 runs on the board. Mervin Del Rosario gave up nine runs in 2.1 innings and Luis Campos got just one out before rain halted play. He allowed five runs and three homers. Reese McGuire returned to the lineup after not playing the last two days and went 0-for-3, though he did score a run. Austin Meadows sat today’s game out. Nick Buckner hit his first career triple and drove in two runs. Henrry Rosario batted ninth, played center field and went 0-for-2 in his GCL debut.

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/allyn.weimer Allyn Weimer

    No prospect regressed this year. Some have been hurt all year but no one healthy was a disappointment

  • buster09

    Taillon looked better tonight than at any time I have seen him since May. Sat around 96 with his 4 seam fastball,but threw a good many off speed pitches,making Cesar Puello and Travis d’Arnaud look very ordinary. Gregory Polanco was excellent. He walked ,stole second and made d’Arnaud throw the ball away and went to third. Then with the squeeze play on,he had such a jump I think he could have stolen home,but the bunt was laid down perfectly for the Curve’s first run. Alen Hanso is having a little trouble yet making the adjustment to AA.Pirate fans are going to be even more excited when Polanco,Taillon,Dickerson and more make it to PNC.

  • https://profiles.google.com/102528271117676652475 Joseph Panariello

    Very excited to see the Pirates pull some of these guys up. I am very happy to see the win today and not move any of these pieces. Taillon probably has one or two more starts before he gets some time up with Indy. Similar to the way they promoted Cole last year. Overall a great night to be a Pirates fan.

  • timdwyer8

    Where does Lambo sit in the prospect ranks? And I’m assuming he’s not one of the top power bats in the system as far as potential goes, but is he top 3-5?

    • John Dreker

      Right now you have to put him right at the top for current power hitting, but based on potential he would probably be behind Allie and Josh Bell, maybe Austin Meadows and possibly Willy Garcia, although he is the definition of potential and far from putting it all together. Even someone like Jarek Cunningham could match him for power now, but he is much further away from being a power hitter in the majors than Lambo is right now