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Jameson Taillon Prepares For His Pro Debut

Jameson Taillon Prepares For His Pro Debut

Taillon, being observed by pitching coordinator Jim Benedict.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected right handed pitcher Jameson Taillon in 2010 with the second overall pick in the draft.  All off-season, Taillon has ranked at the top of prospect lists, both as the consensus top prospect in the Pittsburgh organization, and as one of the top prospects in all of baseball.  There is a good reason for those rankings.  At the age of 18, Taillon can throw in the upper 90s, with good command of his fastball, and good secondary pitches for a prep player.  That plus his size, at 6' 6", 225 pounds, will allow him to potentially be a front of the rotation workhorse.  In short, Taillon could be the first ace the Pirates have had since Doug Drabek.

Taillon will make his professional debut this year, most likely in West Virginia.  However, don't count on that happening at the start of the season.  There are several reasons that factor in to this.  The Pirates will be watching his innings this year, ...

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