Prospect Watch: Big Night For Allie, Taillon Gets Good Results Without Best Stuff


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 pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 3.75) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 2.91) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.319) – 1-for-4, BB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.285) – 1-for-4, SB, BB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (Luis Heredia Close to Joining West Virginia)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.278) – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) – Low-A DL

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 2.31) – DNP

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (6-2, 3.21) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-3, 6.08) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.319) – 2-for-4, 3 Runs, RBI, 2B

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.304) – DNP

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – DNP

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (2-1, 6.10) – DNP

16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL

17. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.87) – DNP

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training

19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 3.35) – DNP

20. Jordy Mercer, SS, Indianapolis (.333) – In Majors



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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (6-2, 3.21) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.345) – 4-for-4, BB, 2B, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Hague (3), Daniel Grovatt (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Buffalo 5

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (5-3, 3.78) -5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.302) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tim Alderson, RHP (1.88) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Alex Presley, CF (.282) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB

Jerry Sands, RF (.189) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Kris Johnson battled through some wildness(five walks, wild pitch) to go five innings, allowing two runs, while striking out seven. He threw 101 pitches on the night, 60 went for strikes. He was followed by Tim Alderson, who threw two scoreless innings. Jared Hughes got his second save with 1.1 scoreless of his own. He hasn’t allowed a run in his eight AAA appearances, covering nine innings. Matt Hague homered for the second game in a row, after hitting just one homer in his first 47 games. He was also the top hitter on Indianapolis for the second game in a row. The first place Indians moved to 34-15 on the year, the best record in the International League



Taillon picked up the win in Altoona's blowout
Taillon picked up the win in Altoona’s blowout

Box Score

Result: Altoona 14, Richmond 4

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-5, 2.91) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.219) – 4-for-6, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Quinton Miller, RHP (0.00) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Adalberto Santos, 3B (.255) – 1-for-4, HR, BB

Andrew Lambo, LF (.290) – 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon allowed just one run over five innings tonight, that run coming on a solo homer. The homer led off the game, an inning in which he also allowed a single and a walk. He had good overall results, but needed 98 pitches to get through those five innings, 58 of those pitches went for strikes. It was the fifth time he faced Richmond already this season, exactly half of his starts. Quinton Miller threw 1.1 scoreless innings, running his AA total to seven shutout innings. He has pitched four times since joining Altoona, three times against Richmond. It was a big game on offense for Altoona, as they pounded out 18 hits and drew nine walks. The 4-8 batters in the lineup all drove in two or more runs, with Carlos Paulino leading the way with four RBI’s. Everyone in the starting lineup, including Taillon, had at least one hit.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, St Lucie 6

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (6-2, 3.21) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Daniel Grovatt, DH (.214) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.285) – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Gregory Polanco, CF (.319) – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Nick Kingham came into the game today leading the Florida State League in strikeouts, and while he didn’t rack up the strikeouts tonight, he was able to give his team six solid innings. He held St Lucie to just one run after the Marauders spotted him to a 6-0 first inning lead. Kingham walked four batters in the game, twice as many as any other start this season. He was followed by Kurt Yacko, who ran into trouble in his second inning of work, allowing four earned runs. It was just the second appearance for Yacko, who gave up three runs over three innings in his last outing. Zac Fuesser got the last four outs for his first save of the season. Despite scoring eight runs, Bradenton had just seven hits and three players were credited with RBI’s without picking up a hit in the game. Alen Hanson picked up his 11th stolen base on the year.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 11, Lakewood 2

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP (10.38) – 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B (.345) – 4-for-4, BB, 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.236) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI, 3 Runs

John Kuchno, RHP (4.50) – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Josh Bell, RF (.278) – 1-for-4, RBI, BB 2 Runs

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.319) –  2-for-4, 3 Runs, RBI, 2B

Game Notes: Stetson Allie led the offense today, reaching base all five times and driving in four runs to give him 45 RBI’s on the year in 46 games. West Virginia was helped out by seven Lakewood errors. Only three of the 11 Power runs were earned. Josh Bell drove in his 38th run. Dilson Herrera has eight hits in his last three games. Jake Burnette made his third start of the season and was able to match his innings total from his first two games, allowing just two runs in the process. He entered the game with a 16.62 ERA. Burnette got three of his outs by strikeout and six of the seven other outs came via ground balls. John Kuchno followed Burnette, making his first relief appearance after opening the season with eight straight starts. He ended up finishing the game and getting the win, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk, while striking out three.

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I guess you’ll get on the Pirates payroll as professional scout/evaluator. There are a few variables in your statement John. Allie is a player that has been converted and in transition- Osuna-not, Allie has a lot more upside than Osuna- hands down. Better athlete, power, field ability, hitting ability, and position play at 1B- NO comparison! And I’ve seen them play a lot more than a weekend. Quit drinking the cool aid on this (21-22) year old stuff. This kid is putting up big numbers where he is at this time in his YOUNG career. I am fine with whatever happens. The Pirates are a VERY cautious organization when comes to level advancement- they have a good handle on his situation- bank on it. He’s done a lot of good for the POWER organization and Pirate fans- done it with class and a humbled kid. Gives a lot of credit to his hitting coach- great sign of make-up. Great TEAMMATE!


So when do you think Allie might get promoted? Seems like he has his current level pretty much figured out and I’m getting really curious to see if he can carry it over to the next level.


Does Hague have the talent to make it in the bigs?
I would hate for this guy to be let go or traded and he goes to another team and becomes a solid player for them for the next 10 years.

Lee Young

John….I wonder if Tim Alderson is on the Pirates’ bullpen radar at all?


Ian Rothermund

He should be, if the success continues. While the starters have been doing much better as of late getting further into games, it’s likely that the bullpen will need more help at some point. This depth is why I don’t understand why there would need to be any sort of move made to acquire a bullpen arm. There are easily 3 more pitchers in AAA, and possibly even 4 or 5 that could be ready by September. Bring those guys up and give them all of the low-leverage innings they can handle. In the mean time, if they have options, go around the current bullpen and periodically DL guys with “shoulder fatigue,” in order to give them some rest. It wouldn’t even be that much of a lie, as I’m sure by July, pretty much everyone is starting to feel it.


Do you guys see management being somewhat aggressive with the system and promoting guys like Glasnow, Polanco, Allie, and to a lesser extent Bell, Herrera, and Hanson? Do you think Taillon goes to AAA any time soon? At the very least I feel like Glasnow and Allie have been completely dominant at there levels and have nothing left to prove.

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