Jameson Taillon does not seem to be having much trouble transitioning to the Double-A level. He breezed through six innings last night, allowing just an infield single and facing only one batter over the minimum. He struck out seven and threw only 69 pitches.
This was my first chance seeing Taillon in person, as I spent most of the evening sitting behind the backstop in Altoona. His command was very good, as he pounded the zone with quality strikes all night. Of his 69 pitches, 48 went for strikes. He threw 10 pitches in the first, 11 in the second, 10 in the third, 10 in the fourth, 13 in the fifth and 15 in the sixth. He mostly worked ahead in the count, causing it to stick out the few times he fell behind on a hitter. It was simply an easy evening for the big right-hander, who never faced any type of trouble.
Taillon’s fastball mostly sat in the mid 90’s, with some pitches dropping into the low 90’s. He got plenty of swings-and-misses with the heater, with only a few hitters makin...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.