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Two of the Returning Tommy John Pitchers You Probably Don’t Know About

Jacob Taylor (left) and James Marvel (right) are both in their first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Two of the Returning Tommy John Pitchers You Probably Don’t Know About

BRADENTON, Fla. - You could create a pretty nice list of prospects if you looked at all of the Pirates minor league pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery the last few years. Most of the attention goes to Jameson Taillon and prospects at the top of the system like Clay Holmes, Nick Kingham, Casey Sadler, Brandon Cumpton, and Angel Sanchez. That group alone could be 60% of an MLB rotation one day, along with a few relief depth options.

But there are other prospects in the lower levels who have undergone the surgery. These guys haven't even had a chance yet to really establish themselves as prospects, or show what kind of upside they could have. I got a chance to see two of those guys -- Jacob Taylor and James Marvel -- throwing live BP this week at Pirate City, as they both enter...

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