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Prospect Transactions: Aug. 17-23
Taillon moves to Altoona, Skaggs and Turner meet in Arizona
08/24/2012 10:21 AM ET
Jameson Taillon threw five shutout innings in his Double-A Altoona debut.
Jameson Taillon threw five shutout innings in his Double-A Altoona debut. (Rudy C. Jones/MiLB.com)

Readers: "Prospect Transactions" updates you weekly on the most notable moves involving prospects in the Minor Leagues. All comings and goings of MLB.com's top prospects are included and are ordered by organization.

Player Org Move
Tyler Skaggs ARI Promoted from Triple-A Reno to Arizona
Notes: Skaggs made his Major League debut, allowing two runs and three hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 3-2 D-backs victory over Miami in the opener of the first home doubleheader in D-backs history. "It was phenomenal," he said. "I mean, the greatest feeling I've had so far in my life."
A.J. Pollock ARI Promoted from Triple-A Reno to Arizona
Tommy La Stella ATL Began rehab assignment with GCL Braves
Glynn Davis BAL Promoted from Class A Delmarva to Class A Adv. Frederick
Tyler Townsend BAL Placed on Class A Adv. Frederick DL (wrist)
Joe Mahoney BAL Promoted to Orioles, optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk
Ben Wells CHC Began rehab assignment with AZL Cubs
LeVon Washington CLE Assigned to Arizona League (rehabbing hip)
Dorssys Paulino CLE Promoted from AZL to Class A Short-Season Mahoning Valley
Charlie Blackmon COL Promoted from Triple-A Colorado Springs to Rockies
Tyler Saladino CWS Demoted from Triple-A Charlotte to Double-A Birmingham
Brandon Short CWS Promoted from Class A Adv. Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham
Jarred Cosart HOU Promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City
Yordano Ventura KC Assigned to Arizona League (rehab: hand)
Bryan Brickhouse KC Placed on Class A Kane County inactive list
Jorge Bonifacio KC Placed on Class A Kane County DL (wrist)
Chris Withrow LAD Placed on Double-A Chattanooga DL
Juan Rodriguez LAD Reassigned from Class A Great Lakes to Ext. Spring Training
Jacob Turner MIA Promoted from Triple-A New Orleans to Miami
Notes: Turner allowed three runs and four hits in six innings in his first Major League start in the Miami organization, falling to Arizona and fellow rookie Skaggs. Miami manager Ozzie Guillen said Turner "was relaxed on the mound, very nice and loose. He was throwing a lot of strikes. He made one bad pitch but I like what I see."
Dan Jennings MIA Optioned from Miami to Triple-A New Orleans
Charlie Lowell MIA Activated from Class A Greensboro DL
Darrell Cecilliani NYM Activated from Class A Adv. St. Lucie DL
Collin McHugh NYM Promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to New York
Austin Romine NYY Optioned from New York to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
A.J. Griffin OAK Promoted from Triple-A Sacramento to Oakland
Phillippe Aumont PHI Promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to Phillies
Aaron Altherr PHI Activated off Class A Lakewood DL (hip)
Ethan Stewart PHI Activated off Class A Lakewood DL (blisters)
Ryan O'Sullivan PHI Traded from Dodgers; assigned to Class A Adv. Clearwater
Jameson Taillon PIT Promoted from Class A Adv. Bradenton to Double-A Altoona
Notes: MLB.com's fifth-ranked prospect made his Double-A debut on 8/21, pitching five scoreless innings. In 23 Florida State League starts -- where he met a familiar foe -- Taillon, 20, went 6-8 and fashioned a 3.82 ERA to go with a 98-to-37 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He re-joins fellow heralded right-hander Gerrit Cole in the Curve rotation. Taillon, the second overall pick in 2010, has been solid through 46 pro stats. His repertoire -- mid-90-mph fastball, hammer curveball and improved changeup -- gives him a chance to be spectacular at the higher levels.
Kyle McPherson PIT Promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis to Pirates
Justin Wislon PIT Promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis to Pirates
Justin Wilson PIT Demoted from Pittsburgh to Triple-A Indianapolis
Kyle McPherson PIT Demoted from Pittsburgh to Triple-A Indianapolis
Robbie Erlin SD Activated off Double-A San Antonio DL (elbow strain)
Brad Boxberger SD Optioned from San Diego to Triple-A Tucson
Jedd Gyorko SD Activated off Triple-A Tucson DL (left ankle)
Notes: Gyorko has homered in each of his last four games. I guess he's feeling OK.
Brandon Maurer SEA Placed on Double-A Jackson's temporary inactive list
Heath Hembree SF Assigned to Triple-A Fresno (finished rehab: elbow)
Josh Osich SF Activated off Class A Adv. San Jose DL (shoulder)
John Gast STL Activated off Triple-A Memphis DL (shoulder soreness)
Trevor Rosenthal STL Demoted from Cardinals to Triple-A Memphis
Jordan Shipers SEA Placed on Class A Clinton's temporary inactive list
Hak-Ju Lee TB Placed on Double-A Montgomery DL (oblique)
Notes: MLB.com's 35th-ranked prospect left in the third inning of the Biscuits' 8/11 game after attempting to relay a throw to home plate. Lee had been struggling with the bat -- 3-for-his-last-30 at the plate -- but has played a pretty complete season in his first try at the Southern League. The 21-year-old shortstop has racked up 15 doubles, 10 triples, four homers and 37 steals in 116 games; he reached base safely in 46 straight, a streak that ended on 8/3.
Leonys Martin TEX Promoted to Rangers; optioned to Triple-A Round Rock
Daniel Norris TOR Promoted from Rookie-level Bluefield to Short-Season Vancouver
Christian Lopes TOR Promoted from Rookie-level Bluefield to Short-Season Vancouver
Nathan Karns WAS Placed on Class A Adv. Potomac DL
Michael Taylor WAS Placed on Class A Adv. Potomac DL

Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. Andrew Pentis is a contributor to MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at AndrewMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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