Jonathan Mayo from MLB Pipeline wrote an article on Thursday morning looking at the top prospects set to break out in 2018. He picked 12 players total and went with 23-year-old lefty Taylor Hearn from the Pittsburgh Pirates as one of six pitchers in the group.
Hearn pitched for Bradenton this season and had his moments where he looked unhittable, while picking up a lot of strikeouts and getting his share of grounders. At other times, he ran his pitch count up to get himself in trouble and then served up big hits with runners on base. He finished with 4.12 ERA in 87.1 innings, but allowed just 65 hits and struck out 106 batters.
The stuff is there for Hearn to develop into a top 100 prospect in the game this season. His fastball sits mid-90s and has hit 100 MPH. He worked on his slide...
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