Jameson Taillon will be heading to the AFL for extra work.
The Arizona Fall League schedule gets underway on Tuesday and the Pittsburgh Pirates will have seven players take part in the league, including two of their top prospects, Jameson Taillon and Alen Hanson.
The AFL is a six team league that runs through the middle of November and each team will play a 31 game schedule. The Pirates players are assigned to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the East Division. Scottsdale will also have prospects from the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees.
Even with the emergence of Tyler Glasnow and steady progress of Gregory Polanco, most people still consider Jameson Taillon the top prospect in the Pirates system. Last year the Pirates didn't send any of their top prospects to the AFL, but with right-handed pitcher Jameson Taillon and shortstop Alen Hanson going this season, they have two of their top five prospects headed to the league.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.