Prospect Watch: Taillon and Glasnow Get All the Strikeouts


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 (2-1, 2.23) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 2.82) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.303) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.259) – DNP

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.299) – 2-for-3, BB

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

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (4-2, 2.95) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 6.10) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.288) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, SB

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.269) – DNP

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) – In Majors

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.181) – 0-for-3, BB

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 6.26) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.57) – DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-1, 2.70) – DNP

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

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-0, 1.99) – DNP



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Top Pitcher:  Jameson Taillon, RHP (2.82) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.288) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Home Runs: Brett Carroll (5), Dilson Herrera (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Toledo 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3-2, 3.31) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, SS (.310) – 3-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.309) – 2-for-4, 3B

Brett Carroll, LF (.258) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Jerry Sands, RF (.164) – 2-for-4, 2B

Ivan De Jesus, 2B (.325) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: On the season, Brandon Cumpton has a 3.31 ERA in 35.1 innings, with a 29:11 K/BB ratio. He had a really bad first start, but has been excellent ever since, with a very surprising 27:8 K/BB ratio in 30 innings. The big thing is that Cumpton’s sinker is working, leading to a 2.70 GO/AO ratio. Jared Hughes closed out the game with a perfect inning, striking out two.Brett Carroll hit his fifth homer of the year. Josh Harrison has a .310/.406/.391 line in 87 at-bats with Indianapolis.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2.82) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Neil Walker, 2B (.417) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.152) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon had a few rough outings recently, giving up 12 earned runs in 20.2 innings over his last four starts. He got back on track today with six shutout innings and eight strikeouts. On the season he has a 2.82 ERA in 44.2 innings, with a 47:16 K/BB ratio. Neil Walker picked up two hits for Altoona today, and seems like a guy who could make the jump to the majors and help out in Pittsburgh this year. John Eshleman will have a report on the game later tonight.


Bradenton was off today.


Tyler Glasnow has 26 strikeouts in 15 innings over his last three starts.
Tyler Glasnow has 26 strikeouts in 15 innings over his last three starts.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Lexington 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (3-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.288) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.299) – 2-for-3, BB

Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.97) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: One start after striking out ten batters in five innings, Tyler Glasnow struck out nine in five innings. On the season he has a 1.80 ERA in 30 innings, with a 42:19 K/BB ratio. In his last three starts he has given up two earned runs and five hits in 15 innings, with a 26:8 K/BB ratio. Dilson Herrera hit his third homer of the year, and stole his fifth base. On the season he has a .288/.353/.449 line in 118 at-bats. Josh Bell has a .299/.359/.518 line in 137 at-bats this year. Stetson Allie went 0-for-4 and is now 2-for-18 in his last six games, and hitting for a .226/.400/.290 line in 31 at-bats in his last ten games.

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All your strikeouts are belong to us.


Lee,apologies for the error.Jameson went 6 innings,not 7 as I mentioned earlier. Brain fart !

Lee Young

Wonder how Allie will react to this slump. Another Wes Freeman? Or will he come out of it and star mashing.


Nice outing by JT after the dismal showing he had in Hbg. Also, good to see his shin contusion wasn’t serious.



Lee : watched Taillon today,and though he wasn’t as efficient as he would like to be,( 100 pitches in 7.0 IP ),he was pretty dominant over a good Richmond lineup. He was still in the mid 90s after 90 pitches.I would also add that ,I know the H-Burg game was a hiccup,but in 2 of his earlier starts here in Altoona,at least 3 of his ernies would not have happened with a decent fielding team behind him. You only have my word for it,but I know what I saw. In those two games,Matt Curry was in LF and Dickerson was i RF,and both made some plays thatled to runs that shouldn’t have happened

Kevin Anstrom

Today’s multiple choice question

Is Tyler Glasnow the system’s best prospect?

A) yes
B) not yet

joe g.

B. but it’s great to see another prospect stepping up.

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