Jameson Taillon has only made one start at the Triple-A level. That start was rough at first, with three earned runs in the first inning before Taillon settled down. He has time to make about five more starts before the end of the Triple-A regular season. Therefore, it's probably too early to talk about him making the jump to the majors. But that discussion started long before this article.
Back in 2008 the Rays were the biggest surprise in the majors. While making a late season run they called up David Price in September, giving him 14 innings at the end of the year, mostly out of the bullpen. Price went on to pitch for the Rays in the ALCS and the World Series, combining for one earned run in 5.2 innings. Ever since then, every contending team with a top pitching prospect has been faced with the same question: Should they do what the Rays did with David Price?
Jameson Taillon definitely has the stuff to step into the bullpen. He has a fastball that can sit 94-96 MPH as a starte...
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