Minor League Schedule: Taillon Makes Second Indianapolis Start

In Indianapolis tonight, Jameson Taillon will make his second start since being promoted to AAA. He had a rough start to his first game, then really settled down. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here. The latest Dominican Summer League recap can be found here.

Taillon finished strong in his first AAA start

Taillon finished strong in his first AAA start

AAA: Indianapolis (69-53) vs Toledo (52-70) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (0-1, 5.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Toledo 5 in 11 innings

Jameson Taillon will make his second start since joining Indianapolis. In  his first game, he allowed three first inning runs, then settled down and threw shutout ball for the next four innings. He finished the game with three hits, three walks and five strikeouts. With Altoona, he was 4-7, 3.67 in 20 games. Taillon threw 110.1 innings with the Curve, allowing 112 hits, eight homers and 36 walks. He had 106 strikeouts, a 1.38 GO/AO ratio and a .257 BAA.

AA: Altoona (54-63) vs Harrisburg (64-55) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (3-1, 6.02)
Yesterday’s Result: Harrisburg 8, Altoona 5

Nate Baker is scheduled to make his third start of the season tonight. He pitched in relief two days ago, throwing a total of 11 pitches in a scoreless inning. Prior to his last start, he also threw an inning of relief days earlier. Baker has pitched 31 times in relief this year. He has thrown a total of 52.1 innings, allowing 54 hits, five homers and 32 walks. He has 45 strikeouts, a 1.10 GO/AO ratio and a .267 BAA. In his first start, he gave up one earned run on six hits over five innings. In his last start, he went 6.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk. He has issued just two walks in his last 21 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (43-68 overall, 17-26 2nd half) @ Charlotte (54-56) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (2-3, 2.18)
Yesterday’s Result:  Bradenton was rained out

Joely Rodriguez will get his 23rd start of the season, his ninth with Bradenton. In 14 starts with West Virginia earlier in the year, he went 5-5, 2.72 in 77.2 innings. With Bradenton, he has thrown 45.1 innings, allowing 40 hits, one home run and 12 walks. On the season, he has 82 strikeouts, an impressive 2.27 GO/AO ratio and a .267 BAA. In his last start, Rodriguez went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks. Prior to that, he had two straight outings in which he threw six shutout innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (68-49 overall, 31-16 2nd half) @ Lakewood (45-70) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (4-5, 4.27)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3, Lakewood 1 (game story)

Clay Holmes will make his 22nd start of the season tonight. He also pitched once in relief, starting the completion of a suspended game. Holmes has thrown 103.1 innings, allowing 90 hits, five homers and 63 walks. He has 76 strikeouts, a 1.88 GO/AO ratio and a .237 BAA. In his last start, which came against Lakewood, he allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in five innings. Holmes pitched in Lakewood on 6/30, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks in five innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (31-19) @ Tri-City (31-21) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Isaac Sanchez (1-0, 3.52)
Yesterday’s Result:  Tri-City 10, Jamestown 4

Isaac Sanchez will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has thrown 38.1 innings, allowing 34 hits, three homers and 15 walks. He has 34 strikeouts, a 2.17 GO/AO ratio and a .236 BAA. In his last start, Sanchez allowed a season-high five runs, though only three were earned. In his previous start, he threw two-hit ball over five innings, picking up eight strikeouts.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (21-22) vs GCL Yankees1 (21-22) 10:00am
Probable Starter: Neil Kozikowski (0-1, 2.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Yankees1 3, Pirates 1

Neil Kozikowski will make his fourth start of the season today. In his last outing, he threw three shutout innings. In his second start, he gave up one run over three inning, allowing two hits and he had four strikeouts. Kozikowski has yet to walk a batter in eight innings. The Pirates and Yankees1 are tied for first place in their division. After today, there will be 16 games left in the GCL season and these two teams will meet once more for a  two game series.

DSL: Pirates1 (32-27) vs Rangers (44-14) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Rangers 3, Pirates1 0 in 5 innings

DSL: Pirates2 (33-23) vs Nationals (31-26) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 4, Nationals 3 in 7 innings

Recent Transactions

8/7 Zack Dodson returned to Bradenton roster.

8/6 Zack Dodson promoted to Altoona. Kenn Kasparek placed on disabled list.

8/5 Jameson Taillon promoted to Indianapolis. Ethan Hollingsworth sent to Altoona.

8/3 Vic Black sent to Indianapolis. David Bromberg sent to Altoona

8/3 Robert Andino added to Indianapolis roster. Jeff Larish released

7/29 Justin Maffei promoted to Jamestown. Henrry Rosario moved from DSL to GCL.

7/29 Gift Ngoepe activated from Temporary Inactive List and added to Bradenton roster.

7/28 Tony Sanchez promoted to majors. Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis.

7/28 Casey Sadler activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/27 David Bromberg and Ethan Hollingsworth promoted to Indianapolis. Ali Solis and Zack Thornton assigned to Altoona.

7/27 Thomas Harlan assigned to West Virginia roster. Matt Benedict activated from disabled list.

7/27 Andy Otamendi added to Jamestown roster.

7/26 Orlando Castro activated from disabled list.

7/25 Tyler Waldron added to Bradenton roster on rehab.

7/25 Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list.

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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  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    Another mediocre start by Taillon – why he was promoted to Indy is anyone’s guess. He did not pitch well enough in Altoona to show that he was ready to move up or that it was a deserving promotion.

    I hope Tim and others on this site will be a little more candid about his performance and stop spinning it and making excuses for the kid. he has been disappointing this year. No other way to state it.