Prospect Watch: Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow Dominate With 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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 4.50) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.282) – 1-for-2

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.40) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.214) – 1-for-4

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.317) – 2-for-3, 2 BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.288) – 1-for-4, 2B

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (4-3, 3.18) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.324) – 0-for-3, BB

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.261) – 0-for-2, RBI, SB

11. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – Low-A DL

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

13. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.228) – 1-for-3, BB

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

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.27) – DNP

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-5, 3.30) – DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.13) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.307) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, SB

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-2, 3.86) – DNP

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.287) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.50) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C (.211) – 2-for-3, 2 HR, BB

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (16), Jose Osuna (8), Jacob Stallings 2 (4, 5), Enyel Vallejo (3)


Jameson Taillon struck out nine in his third Triple-A start.
Jameson Taillon struck out nine in his third Triple-A start.


Box Score

Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.50) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, CF (.281) – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Jared Goedert, 3B (.230) – 2-for-4, 2B

Vic Black, RHP (2.13) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon made his third start with Indianapolis, and had his best outing so far. Taillon gave up seven runs in 12 innings over his last two starts, with a 13:7 K/BB ratio. Tonight he struck out nine in six innings, giving him 22 strikeouts in 18 innings so far. That has been one positive overall in his first three starts, and tonight was another positive. He still has some control issues, although Gerrit Cole had control issues in Triple-A for over a month before settling down.



Box Score

Result: Erie 6, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Nate Baker, LHP (3-2, 6.11) – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C (.231) – 2-for-2, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.214) – 1-for-4

Gregory Polanco, CF (.282) – 1-for-2

Tyler Waldron, RHP (5.29) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nate Baker made his fourth start for Altoona. He has a 4.84 ERA as a starter, with a 15:7 K/BB ratio. Baker has struggled overall the entire season, although he has cut down on the walks lately. In his last ten games he has eight walks in 30.1 innings, with six of those coming in one start. Tyler Waldron made his first appearance in Altoona since mid-April when he went down with an injury. Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to eight games.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, Fort Myers 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (6-8, 4.80) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, C (.211) – 2-for-3, 2 HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.264) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Jose Osuna, DH (.248) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Stetson Allie, 1B (.228) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jacob Stallings hit two homers, giving him five total on the year. Willy Garcia hit his 16th homer, putting him two shy of his 2012 totals in West Virginia. Garcia has an .810 OPS and two homers in 38 at-bats this year. Jose Osuna hit his eighth homer of the year. Stetson Allie might be heating up, going 3-for-10 with two homers and two walks in his last three games, with just one strikeout. Zack Dodson didn’t follow up well on his last start. He pitched seven no hit innings last time out.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Hickory 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (2.40) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Francisco Diaz, C (.245) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.288) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow added seven more strikeouts to his season total, giving him 147 in 101.1 innings this year. In his last ten games he has a 67:17 K/BB ratio in 49 innings. The strikeouts are in line with what he’s been doing all season, but the walks (3.1 BB/9) keep dropping as the season goes on. He also has a 1.84 ERA and a .178 BAA during that span. Josh Bell has a .365/.459/.577 line in 52 at-bats in the month of August. Dilson Herrera stole his tenth base of the year.



Box Score

Result: State College 2, Jamestown 0

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP (2.12) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.307) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, 1B (.284) – 2-for-4

Elvis Escobar, RF (.242) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Shane Carle, taken in the 10th round this year, has a 2.12 ERA in 46.2 innings, with a 39:4 K/BB ratio. The sinkerball pitcher has a 1.97 GO/AO ratio, and the low walk rate shows some impressive control. Harold Ramirez picked up his 21st stolen base of the year. Elvis Escobar looked like he could be on the same level as Ramirez this year, but so far he has a .242 average and a .585 OPS in 120 at-bats.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Astros 0

Starting Pitcher: Neil Kozikowski, RHP (1.13) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Enyel Vallejo, LF (.281) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF (.317) – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.280) – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI

Game Notes: Neil Kozikowski threw a shutout for the third straight start. The right-hander has a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings over five appearances this year, with a 10:2 K/BB ratio. He has a .203 BAA and a 1.64 GO/AO ratio. Austin Meadows added two more hits and two more walks. Ulises Montilla has a four game hitting streak, going 5-for-16 with a triple and a homer in that stretch. Montilla was slumping for a while, after showing a lot of promise with the bat in the first month of the season. Enyel Vallejo hit his third homer of the year, and also added two doubles. All three homers have come in the last nine games. In his last ten games he has a .333/.364/.595 line in 42 at-bats with two doubles and three homers.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Bell stayed healthy this season. That was important. But he really needs to come out playing well in Bradenton. He should be in AA by the end of next season when he is 22 IMO.


Obviously it would be ideal if he made it to AA next year, but I don’t think it would necessarily be a disappointment if he doesn’t. Power hitters can take a little longer to develop, and he’s still going to be age appropriate in high A next year at 21. I think the biggest thing for him is to just stay healthy for another full season and rack up the ABs. That’s why this year was so important for him after missing all of that time. I mean he basically got nothing out of the two years between high school and the start of this season.

Cato the Elder

After all the sensible small-sample-size talk with regards to RISP, I can’t help but feel a little let down when I read: “Josh Bell has a .365/.459/.577 line in 52 at-bats in the month of August.”

I mean, either 52 at bats is meaningful, or it is not.


Good outing by Taillon and huge improvement over his previous 2 starts. 9 Ks in 6 innings and limited the opposing team to 2 runs – good results. I hope he can continue these types of performances from here on out to the end of the season. That would position himself for consideration in the Spring for a SP spot in Pittsburgh.

Glasnow – just a stud and he is absolutely abusing his level……I can only assume that the likes of him, Bell, Gourley, and Hafner are still in West Virginia because of the opportunity for them to make the playoffs, etc. If not, its silly that Glasnow is still in West Virginia.


Glassnow is only 19, in his second year as a pro. He’s dominant yes, but there is no reason to push him this year. He’s building innings and growing confidence and that should be enough for this season. He actually seem like a rare prospect that could reach Pittsburgh @ 21, although it would be aggressive. Bradenton and Altoona next year, and in 2015, Altoona/Indy/Pittsburgh or Indy/Pittsburgh.

Fred Langford

Josh Bell would be a big story if there weren’t so many other kids playing so well. I know people want to see more power and see him dominate but I am very happy with what he has done this year. I especially like his plate discipline compared to what it was in a small sample last year. It has bordered on excellent at times this year. Most importantly he will pile up 500 plate appearances and put himself in a position to catch up to where he would have been without the injury next year. AA by mid-2014 is a solid possibility.


I said this maybe a week or two ago, I couldn’t be more pleased with Bell. This year has completely restored his prospect status. He’s another that is just piling up ABs this year and gaining confidence. There’s no need to do anything with him now, just let him continue to develop this season.

I’m almost of that same opinion for next season too, just let him play the whole year in Bradenton. He’s going to finish this year with barely 600 ABs as a pro. You could be aggressive with him and try to get him to Altoona next year, but I think he’s still got time, he just turned 21. Let him play next year in Bradenton, and pile up another 600 ABs, or maybe get him a taste of AA toward the end of the season. 2015 will be the year to be aggressive and push him. But I’m definitely high on him. This was a really big season for him, glad to see him stay healthy and perform.

Dennis Thomas

Tim will you do a story on the playoff roster rules?


Ya I’d imagine his limit is in the neighborhood of 120 IP


Any special reason Glasnow lasted only four innings? I don’t see any pitch count in the boxscore but he only pitched to two batters over the minimum. And the weather was warm and “clear” so that probably wasn’t the issue either?
Is he being limited or was there an ‘issue’?

Matt Beam

assume he’s being limited as he’s already over 100 innings, plus I wonder if he gets sent to the Arizona Fall League this fall or next


Matt: The AFL has been a place for AA guys to springboard to the majors, and sometimes they can dip into Hi A, but I would rather he pitches a few more games at Lo A and after the season, he can take the rest of the year off. As I recall, he was not a big time pitcher in HS and did not log a lot of innings on his arm – therefore, I would take it very slow with him.


Tim: Some very strong performances so far by the “baby” Bucs who were drafted in June – HS guys like Austin Meadows, Reese McGuire, and Neil Kozikowski; and college guys like Cody Dickson, Shane Carle, and Chad Kuhl. Blake Taylor has not done as well, but hopefully he will pick it up as he gets more comfortable. With Gregory Polanco poised to join ‘Cutch and Starling Marte in the OF shortly, which of the young outfielders do you expect the Pirates to work at 1B over the off-season?

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