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First Pitch: Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon? Who is Better?

First Pitch: Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon? Who is Better?

Has Jameson Taillon passed Gerrit Cole?

Spoiler alert: Before I begin, I'm not going to answer the question of which prospect between Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon is better. I think that no matter which side you pick, you're going to be splitting hairs. I'll also take the cheap way out, and point out that it's a good problem to have to debate which top pitching prospect is the better option.

I've been getting comments asking if Jameson Taillon is now ahead of Cole due to his strong start. I wanted to review a few things about each player, and look at a few of the key comparison points, mostly to show that it's probably too early to make any decision. Let's begin with Taillon.
Jameson Taillon
Jameson Taillon is off to a great start this year. He has given up two earned runs in 18 innings, with a 20:7 K/BB ratio. Those are dominant numbers, and they only follow up on Taillon's start with Altoona last year where he had three earned runs in 17 innings, with an 18:1 K/BB ratio. Ov...

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