Jameson Taillon could be the 2014 version of Gerrit Cole.

Jameson Taillon Leaves the AFL With a Tweaked Groin

Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon has been replaced on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster by right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin. No word yet on why Taillon was removed. Irwin was originally scheduled to go to the AFL, but was held back in the Fall Instructional League. The last I heard on Irwin’s status, he was pitching in instructs, and his remaining off-season work would be TBD.

Taillon only threw two innings in his first start in the AFL. He gave up an unearned run on one hit and one walk, striking out three. In the outing, he threw 35 pitches, with 23 strikes. It would be strange if the Pirates sent Taillon to the AFL for just one start and two innings. I’ll update this when I hear more.

UPDATE 12:55 PM: Jonathan Mayo says that Taillon left the AFL due to a tweaked groin. So the good news is that it’s not something that could be a long term issue. The bad news is that Taillon probably won’t get extra work this off-season.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.beam.16 Matt Beam

    What does this mean for next year? Assume the Bucs won’t let him go 190-200 innings like Cole did this year, how do you think they would manage him to 160-170 innings next year?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rothermund Ian Rothermund

      Well at least he won’t be over-worked by the off-season now. Lol.

  • Joe9195

    Somewhere Sam Malone just winced in pain.

  • DarkPhenix

    Better it happen now and get rehabbed than next season or spring training. I still wonder about players strength, conditioning and flexibility work as far as injury prevention. I’m not sure enough is done.

  • dr dng

    Tim, or someone else.

    Remember, I am an amatuer at this.

    Can someone explain how the AFL works?

    How does a player get on a team?

    Do the players get paid?

    How many players on a team?

    How do the teams work?
    Do major league teams have associations with certain teams?

    How many games are there?

    Who coaches?

    I know this is a lot, but I know nothinga about this.

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