Prospect Watch: Marte On a Cold Streak; Good Starts From Taillon, Holmes


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 5.17) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.27) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.281) – 0-for-4, BB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.326) – DNP

5. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) – Low-A DL

6. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (1-1, 1.86) – DNP

7. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (8-4, 3.07) – DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-5, 3.07) – DNP

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.254) – DNP

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.318) – DNP

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.54) – DNP

12. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (2-7, 5.63) – DNP

13. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 4.25) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

14. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.236) – 0-for-3

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.57) – DNP

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.254) – 0-for-4

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.299) – 0-for-2

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.292) – 0-for-2, 2 BB, SB

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.288) – 1-for-4, 2B

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.22) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (3-1, 0.94) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.232) – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Home Runs: Yamaico Navarro (5)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Gwinnett 4

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (4.25) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.232) – 3-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 3B (.279) – 2-for-5, 2B

Yamaico Navarro, LF (.279) – 1-for-4, HR, BB

Game Notes: Justin Wilson has struggled with his control in the last three starts, walking 11 batters in 12 innings. That follows a five game stretch where he walked eight batters in 30 innings. Chase d’Arnaud has a seven game hitting streak, and is 12-for-29 with four doubles and two triples in that stretch. Yamaico Navarro hit his fifth homer of the year. Starling Marte went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. In his last ten games he has a .216/.310/.459 line in 37 at-bats, with a 30% strikeout rate and a 10% walk rate. Most of that production came on Monday when he fell a single shy of the cycle.



Altoona was postponed.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Tampa 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.27) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.288) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dan Grovatt, LF (.256) – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon bounced back from giving up six runs in 4.2 innings his last time out. The right-hander threw 98 pitches, with 57 for strikes. On the season he has a 4.27 ERA in 97 innings, with a 78:30 K/BB ratio.



West Virginia was postponed.



Box Score

Result: State College 7, Williamsport 4

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (3-1, 0.94) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C (.242) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chris Diaz, SS (.216) – 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, SB

Game Notes: John Eshleman’s live report, including a great report on Clay Holmes.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Phillies 1

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (2.66) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF (.244) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Tyler Glasnow, RHP (3.60) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: In his last three starts, Neverauskas has gone 13 innings without an earned run, and has an 8:2 K/BB ratio. Tyler Glasnow has a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings, with a 15:8 K/BB ratio. Candon Myles stole his 11th base of the year.



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Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Marlins 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Santos, RHP (4-2, 1.71) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tito Polo, CF (.294) – 3-for-4, 2 SB



Box Score

Result: Diamondbacks/Reds 5, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Angel Sanchez, LHP (3-3, 3.58) – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Salazar, SS (.200) – 1-for-4, 2B




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Lee Young

So much for Wilson’s new windup helping his control. Either that, he has reverted.

John DiVito

I think he may be destined for the bullpen in the majors. I’m ok with that… he showed last year that he can dominate there.


I’ve always felt that “power lefty out of pen” was Wilson’s likely landing point.

Lee Young

I don’t want a wild LHP coming in from the pen, either. He can dominate when he is on as both a SP AND RP, but his wildness makes him unreliable, imho.
I hope I am wrong, tho.


Nothing wrong with this outing, but Tim you know that everyone will be comparing Taillon and Cole both to a player like Dylan Bundy. That is the standard that was expected. A ball domination, AA ball domination, Majors soon. Cole has been close enough to get the pass, the questions are that if Taillon has all the tools that Bundy has what is wrong that he hasn’t gotten the results. OR is it that he actually doesn’t have the tools?

Bryan Graham

I’m more apt to call Taillon’s performance fair at best. 98 pitches with only 2 walks and 3 strikeouts basically means alot of deep counts and not being able to hit your spots and lastly not alot of missed bats. I know he is still young, but I am hoping for better from him at high A ball sooner rather than later.

Ian Rothermund

Omg! A second year player still has things to work on!

What about all the college pitchers that come in to the league? Not all future ace candidates went pro right out of high school. I see everyone freaking out that Taillon isn’t dominating high-A, but no one acknowledging the fact that Cole is two years ahead of him developmentally. You don’t necessarily buy results from the first round as you do upside.

Btw, how’s everyone feeling about Bauer already in Arizona, and only pitching 3 innings a start? All I can say is that if the Bucs were to play them right now, I would hope Bauer pitches against them.

Lee Young

Ian…btw, I still wanted Machado….lol

Young Buc

Really because if Machado was a pirate everyone would be freaking out that he is batting .250. I would much rather have Tallion!

Lee Young

Ian…I haven’t been comparing him to Cole. As I mentioned above, perhaps my expectations are too high? Right now, he looks 3-4 years away.

Bryan Graham

I was looking past the earned runs, I would have rather seen him give up a bloop and a blast for 2 earned runs but strike out 7, walk 2, and do it a tad more efficiently. But more so than any of that is that I would think he would miss more bats by accident than he has been with the “stuff” he is advertised as having considering he is at high A ball. All that being said, I am excited that he is a Pirate, I do believe in him. It may be like Lee said, with all the hype I’m sure my hopes/expectations are too high. I was just hoping we would still all be wondering why he isn’t in AA yet.

Lee Young

I’m with Bryan….a 58% strike game is not good. Only 16 more strikes than walks? He certainly didn’t dominate. IMHO, he is still a lonnnnnng ways away.

Lee Young

Tim…I wasn’t saying you said that. I was merely pointing out that he DIDN’t dominate. Actually, it sounds like he was a hit or two away from a big inning. He gets credit for that, but perhaps a line drive or two was caught?

My point is that I have been waiting for a pitcher of his talent to start to dominate and he hasn’t. Perhaps my expectations are too high??

IC Bob

I think what we fans would like to see more often then we do from any of our future pitchers is 6 innings 10 Ks and 3 hits or something like that every now and then. A dominate performance from our pitchers usually constitutes 6 innings and maybe 6Ks. Thats great but I am not sure that s dominate. I see our guys get dominated at least once a week by the opposing pitchers in every classification.

I would hope that pitchers like Cole and Tallion who throw close to 100 would miss more bats then they do.

Lee Young

I’ll try to be more patient….:)

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