Jameson Taillon Promoted to Double-A

Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed pitching prospect Jameson Taillon has been promoted to Altoona, per an Altoona Curve press release. The top prospect will make his debut at the level on Tuesday, on the road in Trenton.

Taillon had a 3.82 ERA in 125 innings with Bradenton this year over 23 starts. The right hander posted a 98:37 K/BB ratio in that time, along with a .230 BAA.

He’s struggled at times this year, including a rough stretch in May and June. Taillon had a 4.94 ERA in 27.1 innings in May, and a 5.86 ERA in 27.2 innings in June. Since then he has rebounded. He has a 2.98 ERA in 57.1 innings over his last ten starts, and in his last four starts he has given up three runs in 22 innings, with a 14:6 K/BB ratio.

UPDATE: A Behind the Numbers Look at Jameson Taillon’s 2012 season.

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  • Jeffrey Clorley

    Very nice. I wonder how quick he’ll move next year. I still don’t see a start with the big club until 2013 but if he pitches well there may be talk of him at the end of the year as with Gerrit Cole this yr. I personally hope I can catch both of them in Erie at the beginning of september.

    • Lee Young

      I went to see Cole in Harrisburg when he came here. That’s the day he got hit with two line drives. I may stay away from watching JT….lol

  • Tacho Bill

    September call-up, baby! Yeah!

    • Lee Young

      Not to Pittsburgh.

  • Tim W. McCann

    We’ll miss him in Bradenton, but good luck and congrats, Jameo!

  • st1300b

    This should be followed by a AAA promotion for Gerrit Cole. He has done all he should at AA and needs to be advanced. Then after getting this rediculous AAA assignment out of the way he can be promoted to the show where he belongs right now.
    I’ve heard the arguments against – but if anyone is telling me that Cole – RIGHT NOW – is not better than Corriea, Karstens then your crazy. He may be better than the entire staff including AJ, it’s hard to know for sure until he gets his chance.
    At the very least, since there are some concerns about his innings count, what would it hurt to have Cole and his 100+ heat in the bullpen? He could possibly be the most dominate reliever almost immediately upon his arrival – not that his future is there, but for this season it makes complete sense.

    • piratemike

      Excuse me while I go out and get fitted for a straightjacket.
      And while I’m at it send me your measurments and I’ll pick one up for you.

      • st1300b

        Is it any crazier than McPhereson now being promoted a week into AAA? And he did what in his debut??? Exactly my point. Glad to see Cruz go and better arms on the roster. Cole should be next to replace Resop!

    • John Lease

      That’s way too fast. Don’t ruin him.

  • Andrew Smalley

    I’m a bit worried about that K/IP rate, to be honest. I hope it is more of a function of what pitches he has thrown, rather than the ‘stuff’ of those pitches. I like the BB rate and I think it will actually lower going forward. The relative lack of Ks is a tad bothersome….

  • Casey Jensen

    Nice! Love to see this. Now hopefully he finishes off the year strong and maybe sometime early next year we can get him up to indianapolis for a strong stretch. Then i’m hoping for a spring training invite and making the opening day roster in 2014. Not that I would be opposed to complete domination through the rest of the ranks and a call up about this time next year but that seems a little too optimistic haha ;)

  • James S

    I really want Taillon & Cole to be on the same team as A.J. Burnett. I hope A.J. is still here when those two pitchers get on the big league team.
    If A.J. retires to spend more time with his family after next year, as he has discussed, I hope the Pirates sign him as an instructor or coach to work with the team in spring training and in the instructional leagues.

    He has made a difference with James MacDonald, and his old-school ways could only benefit the young prospects coming through the minors.

  • PiratesFan

    I guess he’s a possible September call-up in 2013 if he does well enough. A rotation with Burnett, McDonald, Cole, Taillon, and maybe McPherson sounds great!

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