Jameson Taillon Tracker

SP, The Woodlands HS
Age: 18
Born: November 18, 1991
Height: 6′ 6″
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Class: Senior
Level: Prep

Advisor: Hendricks Brothers


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Taillon has emerged as the best prep pitcher in the 2010 draft.  The problem is that the Pittsburgh Pirates went out of their way to avoid taking a prep pitcher in the first round during the 2009 draft.  One would think that the Pirates would take the same approach in the 2010 draft, especially with Taillon potentially demanding more money than 2009 picks like Tyler Matzek and Jacob Turner.

Taillon can get his fastball up to 99 MPH, and also has a curveball and a slider.  All three pitches are plus pitches.  Taillon also has a good changeup, although he doesn’t use it as often.  Taillon has a commitment to Rice University, but he could sign if he was given a decent offer in the draft.  With Anthony Ranaudo’s injury, Taillon is probably the best bet for an ace pitcher at the top of the draft, although it’s important to note that high school pitchers are never a guarantee.  If anything, Taillon will tell us a little more about how the Pirates view first round prep pitchers, as he will likely be there for them with the number two overall pick.


NOTE: These stats are very unofficial. They’re pieced together from several sources, and in some cases, incomplete. However, it’s the best I’ve been able to find online thus far.


Baseball America: #3 Overall (2/14/2010)
Jonathan Mayo: #3 Overall (2/2/2010)

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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