Underscoring the Value of Home Grown Ace Potential

The Pirates have 4 pitchers in their system right now that profile as #1 ace-level pitchers, something they have not been able to cultivate through their system in a very long time.

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Jameson Taillon is the Top Pitching Prospect in the SAL

Baseball America continued their league top 20 prospect lists today with the South Atlantic League.  The Pittsburgh Pirates only had one player on the list, with Jameson Taillon coming in fourth.  Taillon was behind Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Jurickson Profar, making him the top pitcher in the league. Scouting reports can be found here for subscribers.  One interesting note that Baseball America included was that an American...

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Year One in the Books For Jameson Taillon

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t had an ace pitcher in the majors since Doug Drabek left the team after the 1992 season.  When the Pirates drafted Jameson Taillon in the first round of the 2010 draft last year, the hope was for that to change.  Taillon was regarded as one of the best draft prospects of the last 20 years, and with his strong curveball and upper 90s fastball, he was seen as a guy who could move through the system...

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Three Stories of Stats and Fastball Command

Fastball command has kind of taken on a life of its own in Pittsburgh.  The Pirates stress fastball command in the minors, especially at the lower levels when players are just getting in to the system.  The approach is aimed so that players get to the point where they can locate the fastball anywhere they want to put it, allowing them to set up their secondary pitches as they get to the higher levels.  It’s not an approach...

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A Glimpse of Jameson Taillon’s Potential

Jameson Taillon had his best start of the year, throwing four shutout innings with nine strikeouts.

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