Prospect Watch: Taillon Struggles; Marte, Mercer, and Presley Homer


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-1, 2.60) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-4, 3.29) – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.261) – 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – Low-A DL

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) – Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.262) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) – Extended Spring Training

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) – AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 4.95) – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3.17) – 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.261) – 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Starling Marte (3), Jordy Mercer (3), Alex Presley (2), Justin Howard (1)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Louisville 4

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3.17) – 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.261) – 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jordy Mercer, 3B (.298) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Alex Presley, RF (.243) – 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.


Box Score

Result: Bowie 9, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Matt McSwain, RHP (2-2, 4.89) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.262) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Wilbur Miller’s live game recap.


Box Score

Result: Jupiter 5, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-4, 3.29) – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.254) – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Justin Howard, DH (.288) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: In his last three starts, Taillon has given up 13 runs in 15.1 innings, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio. Justin Howard hit his first homer of the year. Dan Grovatt is now hitting for a .314/.360/.500 line in 70 at-bats in the month of May.


West Virginia was off today.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 28-21

AA: Altoona Curve – 22-26

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 22-28

A: West Virginia Power – 15-35

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Alicia Rothermund

Too bad about Taillon, I was checking in on the score, and he didn’t even give up a hit through 3 innings. Are there any game specific reports from to show any trends as to why he’s not doing as well the last few starts? i.e. elevating the ball, maybe there are just more reports on him now and he needs to adjust, or maybe just bad luck.

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