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.

  • 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!

    • John Dreker
      May 25, 2013 11:22 pm

      I think you misunderstood a lot of what I said. I haven’t seen him hit, except batting practice in Spring Training, so I don’t want to make any rash judgments, that is it. There is no shame in saying he should stay at low-A, it’s his first full season as a hitter, makes sense not to rush him through it. You wouldn’t do that with anyone that young, he already skipped over State College.
      Osuna is a legit prospect and he was also a starting pitcher not that long ago, Pirates moved him to outfield and signed him, then moved him to first base, so me saying he is 21 months younger than Allie, was pointing out that he isn’t ready to go to AA and both are inexperienced at the position.

  • 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.

    • John Dreker
      May 25, 2013 3:47 pm

      I’m going to see four West Virginia games this upcoming weekend, so I’ll have a better idea on Allie soon. Right now, I’m not making any rash judgments on him. I will guess however at your question. I don’t think they move him this year, unless it’s one of those “last two weeks” moves that we see them make often so the players get acclimated to the next level. The simple reason I don’t think they move him, it’s his first full season as a hitter. A second reason is that I believe Jose Osuna is a legit 1B prospect, and just like Allie, they both need time in at the position. Osuna definitely isn’t ready to move and don’t forget, he’s also 21 months younger than Allie, a level higher.
      I might change my mind after seeing him play for four days, but right now, I think he stays until mid-August, possibly all season.

  • 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.

    • John Dreker
      May 25, 2013 4:04 pm

      I think Hague is a bench player for someone right now. He seems like he would be a solid PH option for some major league team, but I don’t see him starting regularly anywhere, so no worries about losing him if they do. He may be a Sept bench option if he continues to hit. If you see the Pirates competing late, I think his bat is on the bench, a crowded bench at that. They will give Hurdle as many players as he needs in Sept.
      Hague is 27 yrs old and a corner infielder with no power, not a combo you worry about losing, but he’s also a .300 hitter that plays multiple positions and has major league experience, so with expanded rosters, he may have a spot

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


    • 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.

    • John Dreker
      May 25, 2013 3:57 pm

      Right now, I’d say no. Ryan Reid and Mike Zagurski are both likely ahead of him among non-roster guys out of the pen.Starters Kris Johnson and Brooks Brown are probably ahead of him at this stage too. He has put his name closer to consideration, but I’d say he still has work to do. Lots of AAAA type talent on that Indy staff

  • 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.

    • John Dreker
      May 25, 2013 3:54 pm

      I could see Bell and Polanco being moved, both are advanced hitters. Hanson I don’t see, his hitting has come around, but I think they want to give him as much time as possible at shortstop so he will move slow.
      Herrera hadn’t even played his first game in the states this time last year, I think he is there for the year. Glasnow is very unlikely, he’s on a limited workload, still early in the innings building process.
      Allie, I don’t see him moving. His strikeouts are extremely high, this is his first full season of batting and playing defense. He has lots of work to do.
      Taillon could move sometime soon, but I don’t think his start last night suggests he is ready to move just yet, so I’d say All-Star break is a more likely time for him to move. You want to see at least two solid starts in a row before moving him, so if he does that next two times out, I think that’s the earliest you see him get promoted.