Prospect Watch: Jameson Taillon Bounces Back From Bad Start


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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (4-7, 3.76) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.268) – 1-for-3

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (6-2, 2.43) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.280) – DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.156) – 0-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-2, 2.84) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-2, 4.79) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.452) – 2-for-4

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.263) – 2-for-4, 2B

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.282) – DNP

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.266) – 1-for-4

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.244) – DNP

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.69) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-1, 2.77) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.18) – DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.321) – 0-for-4, 2 RBI

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-0, 0.00) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (3-1, 3.19) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF (.245) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Hague (7), Andy Vasquez (3)



Box Score

Result: Gwinnett 10, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Andy Oliver, LHP (5-3, 3.96) – 1.2 IP, 5 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Russ Canzler, RF (.278) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Matt Hague, 1B (.291) – 1-for-3, HR

Andrew Lambo, LF (.279) – 1-for-4, 3B

Duke Welker, RHP (3.63) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Andy Oliver continues his struggles since the end of April. Oliver has walked 72 batters in 67.2 innings since the start of May. He also has a 5.21 ERA in 46.2 innings in his last ten starts, with a 47:52 K/BB ratio. Russ Canzler is 3-for-8 since joining Indianapolis. Andrew Lambo picked up his first triple tonight since joining the Indians. He’s got a .763 OPS in his last ten games, and a .709 OPS in 59 at-bats in July. His .930 OPS on the season with Indianapolis is still inflated by his monster numbers in June. Matt Hague hit his seventh homer of the year.


Jameson Taillon bounced back after his horrible start last time out.
Jameson Taillon bounced back after his horrible start last time out.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Erie 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4-7, 3.76) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF (.245) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Adalberto Santos, 3B (.284) – 2-for-4, 2 SB

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.218) – 2-for-4

Gregory Polanco, CF (.268) – 1-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon was hammered in his last start, giving up 10 earned runs in 3.1 innings. He bounced back tonight by giving up three runs in seven innings, with seven strikeouts. Taillon wasn’t getting hit hard for the runs he allowed. This was also the first time he struck out a batter an inning in a start since June 16th. Alex Dickerson extended his hitting streak to six games, although he snapped a streak of five games with multiple hits. Dickerson has a .500/.524/.825 line in 40 at-bats over his last ten games.



Bradenton was postponed due to rain.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Savannah 3

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4.69) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, 1B (.330) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B (.263) – 2-for-4, 2B

Josh Bell, DH (.283) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Clay Holmes had been good lately, and even with tonight’s start he has a 3.50 ERA in 46.1 innings over his last ten starts, with a 30:25 K/BB ratio. In his last four starts he has walked eight batters in 19 innings (3.8 BB/9) which is down from his horrible numbers early in the year. Josh Bell had a double, giving him 28 on the year. Dilson Herrera has been on a cold streak, hitting for a .469 OPS in July, after a .669 OPS in June.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 10, Connecticut 0

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (3-1, 3.19) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Roy, CF (.327) – 3-for-4, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Fransoso, DH (.337) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.255) – 2-for-5

JaCoby Jones, SS (.304) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jackson Lodge pitched six shutout innings, and now has a 2.00 ERA in 27 innings over five starts with Jamestown, along with a 10:0 K/BB ratio. JaCoby Jones got another start at shortstop, and is hitting for a .304 average and a .798 OPS in 56 at-bats this year. Jin-De Jhang picked up a hit, extending his hitting streak to five games. Michael Fransoso has a six game hitting streak and an .867 OPS in 92 at-bats this year. Jeff Roy stole his 15th base of the year, and had his second three hit game in the last three games, and his third in his last seven games.



Box Score

Result: Yankees 7, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon, RHP (0-2, 5.93) – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, DH (.452) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Angel Sanchez, LHP (3.66) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Reese McGuire has a hit in ten of his 11 games, and has reached base safely in all 11 games. He picked up his sixth multi-hit game today. He has a .452/.511/.571 line in 42 at-bats so far. Adrian Grullon got off to a good start in his first three games, but has struggled for six earned runs in 2.1 innings over his last two outings. Angel Sanchez has been used as a piggyback starter this year. The 6′ 7″ left-hander has a 3.66 ERA in 19.2 innings with a 15:3 K/BB ratio.

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Brian Bernard

Tim how far is Jamestown team from the Burgh? Those bats seem to special on that team.
For some reason I get a dreamy feeling when I think about JaCoby Jones SS. Just has a certain ring to it.
I may just have to see this team though. Like the roster a lot.


Jamestown is like 40 mins east of Erie its a really easy drive, however I have seen this team twice when they play the mahoning valley scrappers in youngstown ohio. I highly recommend going there to see them in August. I really hope this team wins the championship for the players sake and to stick it too the state college spikes.


Reese seems to be pretty tuned in to the pitching at this level. Small small sample size but great to see regardless. I wish I could say the same for Meadows, really hope he turns it around and starts showing something.

Tim: Any chance Meadow’s nerves are getting to him with the pressure of where he was picked and Reese turning in some of the ABs he has, or is this just a normal progression made to look worse because of McGuire’s start?


Any shot of Dickerson moving back to 1B?


It was good to see Taillon have a good game – not great – but good game.

He got some strikeouts and pitched 7 innings. It is hard to judge how well he pitched from a box score, But I can see that the lineup he was facing was pretty week. An ex-Pirate – Ramon Cabrera – was batting cleanup!

Lets hope he pitches more like this the rest of the way.

Lee Young

Has Jackson Lodge gotten his FB out of the mid-80s (as written in your book)?




Hey Tim, do you have any videos of McGuire and meadows from while they are down in the GCL

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