Taillon Leaves Under Own Power
Jameson Taillon was forced out of his start on Tuesday after being struck on the shin by a come-backer, says Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com. Taillon walked off the field under his own power, but was unable to finish the game. There is no word on whether or not the injury will affect his next start.
There is no need for the Pirates to rush Taillon back if there is any possibility that an injury could alter his mechanics, which can sometimes lead to arm injuries. Taillon is not in line for a call-up any time soon (his earliest ETA would be for a September call-up, but even that is a slim possibility), and with the 7-day disabled list as an option in the minor leagues, it would be easy to push his next start back a few days if needed.
Biddle Has Excuse for Last Start
After being dominant in two straight starts, Jesse Biddle struggled badly his last time out on Saturday, facing seven batters and walking four of them. But as PhuturePhillies.com points out, Biddle was badly under the weather during the start.
It was the first time that Biddle failed to throw at least six innings this season, but apparently he had an excuse, relieving the knee-jerk reactionary panic of Phillies fans everywhere over the outing. In hindsight, the struggle may have been a blessing in disguise, as the Phillies had a spot in their major league rotation open up just a few days later and Biddle's poor start helped squash the call from fans to inexplicably jump the organization's top prospect to the majors.
Olt Injured, Buckel Battling Himself
Mike Olt, the Rangers third base prospect who was the centerpiece of trade rumors this off-season, has now missed almost two weeks of time with vision problems and still has no diagnosis, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Olt was hitting just .139 through 20 games this season, which is understandable if he couldn't see the baseball. There is no timetable for his return to the field, but it should be at least another week or two until doctors are able to get to the root of the problem.
While Olt's injury is mysterious, at least he's actually injured. Pitching prospect Cody Buckel has been sent to extended spring training to help correct his control issues, but the team insists he is not injured and that the issues are mental. Buckel has walked 28 batters in 9 1/3 innings this season.
These types of prospect issues help to illustrate why organizational depth is so important, and why I focus on more than just the top prospects in each system. The Rangers are a great example of this importance, and despite issues to Buckel and Olt, and an injury to Martin Perez, the Rangers have still been able to fill their rotation with a pair of rookie starters in Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm. Jurickson Profar gets all of the attention, but it's their depth that has kept them competitive despite the loss of free agents over the years.