Comments on: WBC Notes: Taillon Looks Good Against Team USA http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: Kevin Creagh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html#comment-25196 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:22:14 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47771#comment-25196 To gain an extra year of service, the Pirates would only have to wait one week into the season to accomplish that (TB with Longoria, DET with Porcello).

That would assure them of going to Super 2 with Cole. To avoid Super Two is to wait until mid-June.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html#comment-25195 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:48:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47771#comment-25195 Agree. On when to bring them up, the Pirates play the hand they are dealt, and that means that you wait until the player cannot get credit for a year of MLB Service. Therefore, Gerrit Cole will start at AAA and then be promoted to the Pirates in late May or early June. Therefore, about 20 starts in 2013, but the MLB Clock for Free Agency will not begin until 2014. Same same for Taillon in late May/early June, 2014 and his MLB Clock for Free Agency will not begin until 2015. I think a player has to get 170 or 180 roster days to qualify for a full year of MLB Service

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By: whiteAngus http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html#comment-25194 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:02:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47771#comment-25194 plus MLB hitters can hit the fastball, wether it be 90mph or 95. Taillon’s out pitch is his curve ball, and the older he gets, the stronger he gets, and the more confident he gets, his out pitch could be stellar.

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By: whiteAngus http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html#comment-25193 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47771#comment-25193 and dont forget about radar gun discrepencies. not all of them will be correct, just like the time Justin Wilson hit 99 and Moskos was hitting 97… which means the gun in Altoona needs an overhaul.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html#comment-25192 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 04:30:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47771#comment-25192 Yeah, I think the upper 90′s are something he’s capable of hitting if he’s in as a reliever or something; in short outings. As a starter, he’s realistically into the range he was today. I’d say there’s a good chance that mid-season, he’ll be averaging a tick or two more, but nothing crazy. I think what everyone saw today was a guy with great stuff that, rather than trying to juice it up and get more velo, focused on hitting spots and actually pitching. As time goes on, maybe a good comparative MLB pitcher to Taillon would be Matt Cain. Wouldn’t that be nice.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html#comment-25191 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 02:04:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47771#comment-25191 That was a major league all star lineup that Taillon faced, he was terrific, look what happened to Canada when he left the game. You could make a case that every single game that is pitched that the pitcher could do a little something different than what he did. Taillon does not throw a 98 mile hour fast ball and Cole will not sit at 98 or 99 either, those are speeds pitchers reach from time to time. The announcers were raving about him, they think he will see Pittsburgh this year, but we all know he won’t, even if he has a less than one era, he still would not. What a jewel the Pirates have, he is so far advanced for his age. The Pirate staff is pitching to minor leaguers and non roster invitees in ST and they can’t get them out. I still think Cole is the best pitching talent in the system, but I think Taillon is more advanced than Cole even though Cole is being pushed through the system faster than Taillon. I believe there a lot of teams in baseball that Taillon would start in the majors for this year and I don’t mean as their 5th starter.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html#comment-25190 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:39:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47771#comment-25190 I would call his effort today against Team USA Remarkable simply because this is a kid who just turned 21 in November. He had poise and polish from the very beginning and did not get rattled even though he was facing a lineup of perennial All Stars. He has a nice assortment of pitches, but I would like to see more use of a straight change. He made the USA put the ball in play, and a better defense would have been nice to have. We are talking about draft prospects lately – had he decided to enter college instead of signing, he would not have been draft eligible until this year. Instead, he will start at AA and probably advance to AAA by the end of the year.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html#comment-25189 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:16:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47771#comment-25189 Yeah, I’d definitely say it’s worth mentioning that it’s only his second or third appearance so far in the spring. I thought he looked very good, and didn’t seem to be at all intimidated by the competition.

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By: John Dreker http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html#comment-25188 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:42:24 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47771#comment-25188 I think both will be top pitchers in the majors and at this point, the only difference between them for me is that Cole will get there sooner, so I rated him higher. I saw Cole start for Altoona last year and he was dominating a pretty good Trenton lineup. I don’t expect him to do anything amazing this year for the Pirates, but I’m looking forward to seeing what he will do in his first full season.

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By: Brian Bernard http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/wbc-notes-taillon-looks-good-against-team-usa.html#comment-25187 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:38:57 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47771#comment-25187 My point is and was that I expected the heat (My guess others did too.), but came away more impressed with his pitching skill and composure, I think a fair point.
Second point hoping Cole has similar skill and not just the big arm. Another fair question?
What is needing a break?

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