Prospect Watch: Another Great Start For Taillon, Bell Injured


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 5.25) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 1.93) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.286) – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, SB

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) – 1-for-2

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) – Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.194) – 0-for-5

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.262) – 0-for-3, BB

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) – DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) – AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 10.24) – DNP


Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (1.93) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.286) – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, SB

Home Runs: Nick Evans (1), Dan Grovatt (1)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Louisville 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (2-1, 3.86) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.286) – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Nick Evans, 1B (.135) – 1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Jordy Mercer, SS (.238) – 0-for-0, 3 BB

Tim Alderson, RHP (4.50) – 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Jeff Locke made a strong start tonight, throwing 99 pitches, with 65 going for strikes. On the season, Locke has a 3.86 ERA in 21 innings, with a 21:3 K/BB ratio.  His only bad start came in his second outing of the season, when he allowed five runs in five innings. Tim Alderson made his second appearance for Indianapolis. He gave up a run in his first inning of work, which was the first run he allowed this season between Altoona and Indianapolis. He was pulled in his second inning after giving up a solo home run, and following that up with a single. Nick Evans hit his first homer of the year. Starling Marte now has a six game hitting streak, and doubled his walk total on the season with his two walks today.


Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 5, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla, RHP (0-3, 4.26) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.321) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, RF (.457) – 1-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Kris Harvey, RHP (3.60) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Mike Colla was hurt by three Altoona errors tonight. Kris Harvey and Kyle Cofield came on to relieve him with four shutout innings. Matt Curry had a three hit night, with a double, raising his average from .288 to .321. Tony Sanchez was 0-for-6 on stolen base attempts, with all of the steals coming off Colla. Adalberto Santos is 12-for-23 since Andrew Lambo went on the DL, and now has three stolen bases in that span.


Box Score

Result: Jupiter 7, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (1.93) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, LF (.235) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Casey Sadler, RHP (4.15) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon had another dominant outing. Two of his hits allowed were doubles, both given up to Noah Perio, who is the number eight prospect in Miami’s system. The third was a bunt single. He struck out six batters for the fourth time in four starts this year. On the season he has a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings, with a 24:3 K/BB ratio. The lone run came on a Dan Grovatt solo homer in the fifth inning. Taillon left with the 1-0 lead, but Casey Sadler gave up four runs, and Zach Foster added three more, two of them unearned.


Box Score

Result: Savannah 14, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-1, 18.00) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.410) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, DH (.283) – 2-for-4

Josh Bell, RF (.274) – 1-for-2

Game Notes: Ryan Hafner made his first start of the year after starting his season on the DL. He got off to a late start due to a hamstring injury. Hafner pitched a shutout first inning, then was hit for seven runs in the next three innings, before being pulled with no outs in the fourth, after a two run homer. Vince Payne gave up five runs in three innings, and Emmanuel De Leon gave up two runs in two innings. Alen Hanson extended his hitting streak to 14 games, and had his 6th multi-hit game in his last eight games. Josh Bell left the game in the third inning after pulling up with an injury rounding first on a single to center field. He was tagged out between first and second. No word on the exact injury, or how serious it is.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 8-10

AA: Altoona Curve – 7-9

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 8-10

A: West Virginia Power – 5-13

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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Really great to see Matt Curry doing well, but really bad to hear about Josh Bell being hurt…

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