View Full Version : Don't expect Taillon to pitch for the Pirates this season

08-04-2013, 11:03 AM
On Friday, it was reported by multiple outlets that Jameson Taillon was promoted to AAA Indianapolis. Immediately after the announcement, there was speculation that Taillon could join the major league club in September for the final push before the playoffs.

It’s not crazy to think Taillon could be in Pittsburgh before the end of this season. The Tampa Bay Rays promoted David Price to AAA Durham on August 10th of 2008. He would pitch in the majors a month later and ended up tossing 3 1/3 innings in the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Armed with a high-90s fastball, a devastating curveball, a wicked slider, and a change up that is developing into a plus pitch, Taillon certainly has the talent to pitch in the majors. With that said, it would be somewhat surprising if he made his big league debut before the 2014 season.

The problem is, Taillon hasn’t dominated through the minor league ranks, other than three starts in AA at the end of last season. Given the way the Pirates develop pitchers, the career 3.70 ERA is probably inflated from some rough outings in A-ball where the focus is on fastball command regardless of the situation. At the same time, Taillon had a 3.67 ERA through 110 innings in AA Altoona this season while striking out 106 batters and walking just 36 in that span.

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I agree with this article, and I also suspect he will be with the ML club at some point after June 1 next season. Kid has all the talent in the world and the pitches to match.